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Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church
by Gerardo Martí
Rutgers University Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-0-8135-4563-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4348-2 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4349-9
Library of Congress Classification BR115.C8M2399 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 277.9494083

In Christianity, as with most religions, attaining holiness and a higher spirituality while simultaneously pursuing worldly ideals such as fame and fortune is nearly impossible. So how do people pursuing careers in Hollywood's entertainment industry maintain their religious devotion without sacrificing their career goals? For some, the answer lies just two miles south of the historic center of Hollywood, California, at the Oasis Christian Center.

In Hollywood Faith, Gerardo Marti shows how a multiracial evangelical congregation of 2,000 people accommodates itself to the entertainment industry and draws in many striving to succeed in this harsh and irreverent business. Oasis strategically sanctifies ambition and negotiates social change by promoting a new religious identity as "champion of life"-an identity that provides people who face difficult career choices and failed opportunities a sense of empowerment and endurance.

The first book to provide an in-depth look at religion among the "creative class," Hollywood Faith will fascinate those interested in the modern evangelical movement and anyone who wants to understand how religion adapts to social change.

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