See this post from Catherine Beyer, who writes the Alternative Religions guide for About.com. I've really come to respect what she has to say. In this post, she decries the desire for a self-help guru who can fix all our ills, and those who follow some of them until death. This was prompted by the death of three people in an overcrowded, poorly run sweat lodge run by "wealth expert" James Arthur Ray. This fits well with Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Bright-Sided, which argues that we are being sold that it is our fault if our lives aren't happy in every way. I think some of the wealth prosperity preachers are encouraging people to look for quick fixes rather than the hard work needed to fix one's economic situation.