Thursday, June 24, 2010

Candy Brown's Coming Book on Divine Healing

It's been my privilege to have communicated a bit over the past few years with Dr. Candy Brown of Indiana University re. her work on divine healing.

Her new book is scheduled to be published in January 2011.

Here's from the Oxford U. Press website:

Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Candy Gunther Brown

Paperback, 416 pages

Also available: Hardback

Jan 2011,

Not Yet Published Price:$29.95 (01)


Divine healing is the essential marker of the global phenomenon of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity. But although we know that healing is central in these movements, we know surprisingly little about how divine healing beliefs and practices reflect the interplay of local and global patterns of cultural development. The essays in this collection seek to discover what is the same and what is different about such beliefs and practices in diverse contexts, trace formal and informal lines of cultural influence across geographic and national boundaries, and ask how healing both reflects and contributes to larger processes of globalization. The collection will not only flesh out a picture of how and why spiritual healing is practiced in diverse cultural contexts and how healing practices reflect and shape the transnational spread of Christianity; it will also provide insight into the nature of globalization. The authors will attend to a wide range of issues, including the theological rationales for divine healing; the symbolic objects and ritual enactments employed; the cultural controversies surrounding these practices; the relationship between Christian healing and local or indigenous healing traditions; whether an emphasis on financial prosperity is always present; and the extent to which Pentecostal and charismatic churches are networked and the role of healing in such networks. All the essays are new to this volume.


- offers important theoretical insights about the interrelatedness of globalization, pentecostalism, and healing

- first edited volume that brings together essays focused on divine healing as it is practiced by Pentecostal and charismatic Christians in diverse cultural and geographic contexts

About the Author

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University


Table of Contents


Foreword, by Harvey Cox

Introduction: Pentecostalism and the Globalization of Illness and Healing, by Candy Gunther Brown

Part I. Europe and North America

1. The Global Character of Nineteenth-Century Divine Healing, by Heather D. Curtis

2. Why Health and Wealth?: Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics, by Simon Coleman

3. Material Salvation: Healing, Deliverance, and nullBreakthroughnull in African Migrant Churches in Germany, by Claudia Wahrisch-Oblau

4. Blessed Bodies: Healing within the African American Faith Movement, by Catherine Bowler

5. Jesus as the nullGreat Physiciannull: Pentecostal Native North Americans within the Assemblies of God and New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing, by Angela Tarango

Part II. Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Borderlands

6. Latino Pentecostal Healing in the North American Borderlands, by Gaston Espinosa

7. Santidad, Salvacion, Sanidad, Liberacion: The Word of Faith Movement among Twenty-First Century Latin@ Pentecostals, by Arlene Sanchez Walsh

8. Exorcising the Demons of Deprivation: Divine Healing and Conversion in Brazilian Pentecostalism, by R. Andrew Chesnut

9. The Salve of Divine Healing: Essential Rituals for Survival among Working-Class Pentecostals in Bogota, Colombia, by Rebecca Pierce Bomann

10. Learning from the Master: Carlos Annacondia and the Standardization of Pentecostal Practices in and beyond Argentina, by Matthew Marostica

Part III. Africa and Asia

11. New Wine in an Old Wine Bottle?: Charismatic Healing in the Mainline Churches in Ghana, by Cephas N. Omenyo

12. Healing in African Pentecostalism: The nullVictorious Livingnull of David Oyedepo, by Paul Gifford

13. Re-enchanted: Divine Healing in Korean Protestantism, by Sean C. Kim

14. Miracle Healing and Exorcism in South Indian Pentecostalism, by Michael Bergunder

15. Divine Healing and the Growth of Practical Christianity in China, by Gotthard Oblau

Part IV. Global Crossings

16. Catholic Charismatic Healing in Global Perspective: The Cases of India, Brazil, and Nigeria, by Thomas J. Csordas

17. Global Awakenings: Divine Healing Networks and Global Community in North America, Brazil, Mozambique, and Beyond, by Candy Gunther Brown

Afterword, by Candy Gunther Brown