Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence Of The World’s Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield is an exploration into the effects Oprah Winfrey has had on society, culture, media, and religious circles.

the book is part biography, part critique. Mansfield dives into Oprah’s life, experiences, upbringing, and her professional careeer as one of the most trusted and respected individuals on television. 

Mansfield, a New York Times best-selling author, is an exceptional writer. he writes with clarity and it’s clear he’s done his homework. Mansfield’s work, including spiritual biographies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is well-worth reading.

my own sense of Oprah’s spirituality is that it’s an eccelctic and eccentric mix of philosophy, spirituality, and world religions. it’s awkward, to be honest; because at times her beliefs from one school of thought or religion will totally contradict another of her beliefs or notions. i’ve heard her talk about karma, a tenent of Buddhism and Hinduism, and i’ve heard her talk about the Christian concept of grace. these notions are polar opposites.

Oprah has done wonderful things. her philanthropic spirit is unquestionable. she promotes the wonderful work of other organizations and has worked tirelessly to promote literacy and education, especially among women and young girls.

all that being said, though, where has she taken us? where has Orpah’s influence taken us?

Mansfield’s book, an excellent read, goes a long way in helping us explore the answers and consequences and implications.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*


2 Responses to Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

  1. Well said; good, concise summation. Question for you, which occurred to me as I wrote my own review: would Oprah’s spiritual vagueness have become so popular if American society didn’t feel its own sense of deep spiritual discontent? And how can Bible-believing Christians address this problem?

  2. markbraye says:

    thanks for reading and commenting, Kevin.

    good questions.

    here are my thoughts…

    “would Oprah’s spiritual vagueness…”

    is it a discontent problem or a disconect problem?

    i think this spiritual vagueness is popular because it’s easy, it’s quick, and it doesn’t wrestle with tough issues. it turns in to a buffet of feel good statements, beliefs, and teachings. it’s a pick and choose spirituality.

    “…how can Bible-believing Christians…”

    read and study the BIble. i’m speaking to myself as well. we read too many Christian and spiritual books, and we read too little of the actual Bible.

    stop reading Joel Osteen and be careful with Bruce Wilkinson and feel-good, sucessful spiritual life books.

    stop putting conservative politics first and the Bible second. example: life and death issues. i believe, and i could be wrong, that more people have been killed with the death penalty under Rick Perry than in the history of the state of Texas. on the other hand, he would say he’s pro-life, very pro-life, in the abortion debate. so pro-life on the one hand, and pro death penalty on the other. the Bible is clear that all life is sacred. all humans, whether they believe or not, are created in the image of God. the death penalty contributes to destroying the image of God.

    it’s tough. we have to wrestle with and think about a lot more than is promoted in most of popular Christianity.

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