Monnot, Christophe. 2016. “From the Pit to the Pulpit: Testimonies of Suffering in a Charismatic Community.” In Religious Diversity Today: Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World. Edited by Liam D. Murphy, 23-42. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
Excerpt: “Charismatic Christianity is defined by supernatural gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophesying, healing, and other miracles. Among Swiss Protestants, non-Pentecostal evangelical churches have adopted these charismatic gifts. Believing in miracles, charismatic groups and congregations pray for all ill persons. They support the idea that the righteous are blessed with well-being and health. With this understanding, how can Christian charismatic believers speak about their suffering to religious peers? This study tries to answer that question through an analysis of four testimonies given during a charismatic worship service.”
Everett, Margaret & Michelle Ramirez. 2015. Healing the Curse of the grosero Husband: Women’s Health Seeking and Pentecostal Conversion in Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 30(3): 415-433.
Abstract: Drawing on anthropological research in Oaxaca, Mexico, this article describes the role of health seeking in women’s experiences with Pentecostal conversion. The present study confirms that Pentecostalism’s promise of reforming problematic male behavior is a significant draw for women. Women’s stories of conversion are strikingly consistent in their accounts of male drinking, womanizing, and domestic violence. However, the findings also demonstrate that when efforts to domesticate men fail—and they often do—women still find significant ways in which Pentecostalism addresses suffering. The study provides a unique contribution to the literature by exploring that paradox in detail.