The founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Bishop Edir Macedo, was born in Rio de Janeiro. In 1963, he began his professional career as a civil servant. He became a continuum at the State Lottery of Rio de Janeiro (Loterj) and worked at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) as a researcher in the economic census of 1970. He went on to complete his 16 year career as a civil servant, to dedicate himself to the Work of God, which, at the time, was considered by some people a madness.
He is married to Ester Bezerra, with whom he has two biological daughters, Cristiane and Viviane, and an adopted son, Moyses. Edir Macedo always insists on talking about his wife’s support. He says that the woman plays an important role in the family. She educates her children to be men of faith, she takes care of her husband, the house, and she lives a busy day. However, the difference of the woman of God is that she does everything with the direction of the Lord.
Edir Macedo has a vast academic background: he holds a degree in theology from the United Evangelical Faculty of Theology Seminary and the Faculty of Theological Education in the State of São Paulo (Fatebom). He received his doctorate in theology, Christian philosophy and is Honoris Causa in divinity, in addition to a master’s degree in theological sciences at the Federation of Evangelical Religious Entities of Spain (FEREDE) in Madrid, capital of Spain.
Hoje, reconhecido como um dos líderes evangélicos mais conceituados do mundo, já realizou concentrações que reuniram milhões de pessoas. Entre as várias obras sociais feitas, se destaca a arrecadação de 700 toneladas de alimentos não perecíveis para as comunidades carentes, em um evento ocorrido no Vale do Anhangabaú, na capital paulista.
Today, recognized as one of the most respected evangelical leaders in the world, it has already held gatherings that brought together millions of people. Among the various social projects made, it is worth mentioning the collection of 700 tons of non-perishable food for needy communities at an event in Vale do Anhangabaú, in São Paulo.
The release of the first two books of his memoir trilogy promoted a major revolution in the publishing industry.
To work “Nothing to Lose”, of Editora Planeta, is based on a long interview with journalist Douglas Tavolaro.
In the autobiography, the founder of Universal talks about controversial issues, difficulties faced, times of persecution and overcoming and reveals secrets kept for decades, as well as intimate details of his life. He even brings his version to controversial facts, such as the arrest in 1992, and tells details and lessons he took from the 11 days he was behind the bars, in the company of ordinary prisoners.
The first book was released in several cities in Brazil and reached all sales records wherever it went, becoming a phenomenon in 2012, repeating success in other countries. For many months it remained at the top of the bestseller list.
Artists, politicians, authorities, ordinary people, were all curious to know who is the man who does not let his faith be shaken, even in the face of so much persecution.
“Nothing to Lose 2” repeated the success of volume 1. In it, subjects such as the purchase of the first radio and TV Record, the construction of the replica of the Temple of Solomon, among others, are approached and lead the reader to important reflections for life.