Friday, October 07, 2011
Book Review - Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield
Where Has Oprah Taken Us? by Stephen Mansfield (Thomas Nelson) has been a vastly interesting book for me to read. Oprah Winfrey, as you know, is known all over the world and is America's princess. Tremendously wealthy (it's been said that she is America's highest paid woman) she is extremely generous and seems to be the girl everyone wants to have as her best friend. At least that's what appears on the outside.
Over the years, the poor yet brilliant Oprah has transformed into some sort of spiritual guide for many, many people. The religion that she espouses is not the one her Christian father introduced to her, nor is it Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other established religion. As Mr. Mansfield attests, it is more like a strange, New Age conglomeration of all of them. And it's scary.
Stephen Mansfield, a New York Times best-selling author, has done a wonderful job in informing the reader as to what Oprah's "religion" really is. He begins at the beginning, allowing us to see little Oprah as she grows and rises above humble beginnings to become a superstar. He doesn't give us an in depth biography, however. This book is about Oprah's spirituality - which is not good, by the way - and that spirituality's influence upon America and the world.
Oprah Winfrey was once a committed Christian. Mr. Mansfield shows us how Oprah began to leave her Baptist roots very early in life. It's a good warning: if we aren't careful, we could find ourselves straying from our beliefs just as easily.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to everyone, Christian or not. The best way to avoid the wolves is to stay informed.
*I received a copy of Where Has Oprah Taken Us? in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.*