Spellbinder by Harold Robbins
A hard-edged look at the seductive, high-stakes and often hypocritical world of religious revivalism.
A genuine and charismatic believer simply known as “Preacher,” returns from the foxholes and horrors of Vietnam with a simple goal: to spread the word of peace, love and charity. He immediately attracts a following as he moves from California communes to small surfing towns. “The Church,” as his mobile flock is now known, is a culture that centers as much on sex and drugs as prayers, sacraments and salvation.
Despite a growing following, The Church is bordering on broke. As they reach what is surely the end of the line in Texas, a powerful billionaire witnesses Preacher and likes what he sees. Promising a platform where Preacher can reach millions at once—not dozens—Preacher takes the leap into the new world of mass broadcasting the gospel.
Still relevant today, this groundbreaking Harold Robbins novel tackles the culture of televangelism and big-money churches head-on.