Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-Made Apostle by Peter Lineham (Penguin, $38)
Reviewed by Judith Nathan
Massey University’s Peter Lineham was the obvious choice to write a book about the Destiny church. Often sought as a media commentator on religious topics including Destiny Church, Associate Professor Lineham has had a long career as a historian of religion in New Zealand. With an impressive list of publications, he is well qualified to analyse Destiny in a wider social and religious context, and he has done so very competently.
In the publicity surrounding the release of this book, much has been made of the high degree of access the author had to the Tamakis and members of their church, despite Lineham being openly gay. Lineham himself was surprised. Moreover, Brian Tamaki has been quite complimentary about most of the book’s content, though it is no hagiography.
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