Television evangelists range from the very good to very bad. For a time I was put-off by the high level of self-promotion by Paula White, a very successful television evangelist, and unsure of my feelings about her ministry. But with more information about her life I cannot help but be impressed at her life as an overcomer from great adversity.
Raised in the poor Mississippi town of Tupelo, Paula's father killed himself when she was only five. This tragic incident allowed years of sexual and physical abuse to take place for Paula between the ages of six to thirteen. All of this would be enough to ruin the life of anyone, and destroy their sense of self worth and value.
But Paula met Jesus at the age of 18, and it changed her life. Today she's one of the most successful and inspirational television evangelists. She gives hope and self worth to millions of women, which is very liberating. Her message of self worth for women raises their self respect and potential for overcoming any life difficulty.
If a child who was so victimized by so much tragedy and terrible problems can growup to overcome all of the evil of a terrible childhood, then the possibility to overcome any problems in one's life, to start over and rebuild a decent life is still possible for nearly anyone. The Paula White story is very inspirational.