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.*