Book review – Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-Made Apostle, by Peter Lineham

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Brian Tamaki is a New Zealand success story. Rising from inauspicious circumstances, he symbolises what Pentecostal Christianity can offer marginalised people who are cut off from more traditional routes to power, wealth and success. Since his first venture into church planting in Te Awamutu in 1985, Tamaki has effectively crafted his own brand of Pentecostal Christianity, which since 1998 has become known as Destiny. Tamaki is not a charlatan or a cult leader; he is a very shrewd cultural and media operator who has much wider influence upon secular society than within “Christian” ...

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