on June 5, 2016 :
When someone calls a book an expose, I expect exposing. In the one area where this is supposed to be strongest, being the "real truth," the most interesting parts of the story are basically skimmed over in favor of spending countless pages on crappy personal drama and catty arguments.
Considering Popoff's horrendous reputation, I thought an insider would have way more insight. Instead, it seems like Sanchez's biggest problem were that the people weren't nice enough and that the ones at the top were really rich. No kidding? We knew that and we didn't need to read one page to know that.
Also, while I understand that this book is self-published, the spelling, grammar, and phrasing make this book a very difficult read. I made it through because I was interested in the subject but there are so many misspellings, misuses of words, wrong words altogether, and so on that I almost punched out on this book on many occasions. Even in a paragraph where the author was talking about how educated she was, she had grammatical and spelling issues.
What it comes down to is this: the book would've been better with an editor. An editor would've fixed the bad writing and kept the story more focused in a certain direction, which in the end is really what this story needs: focus.
Not a bad book, I just would've liked more meat, less interpersonal drama, and a cleaner read. Maybe next time.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on April 25, 2016 :
As far as I am concerned Peter Popoff is the lowest scum in the televangelist pond, which is teeming with the lowest of the low. He offers nothing but lies and preys (prays?) on the poor, gullible and desperate. He is a con artist that uses every trick in the book to line his pockets with money from those who can least afford it. Crystal Sanchez, in her book "The Real Truth Behind People United For Christ" has taken a huge risk by exposing some of the behind the scenes machinations of the Popoff family and for that I thank her. Crystal is not a professional writer, and it shows, but the behind the scenes view of Popoff's outfit is desperately needed. Anyone with an interest in the scam of televangelism should make reading this book a top priority. And anyone who knows or loves someone who has been sucked in by Popoff's villainy is doing them a disservice by not making sure this book ends up in their hands.
Thank you, Crystal. With luck and the efforts of people like you perhaps People United For Christ can be shut down for good and that horrible family will be in jail where they belong.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)