Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman by Stephen MansfieldWhere Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman

byStephen Mansfield

Hardcover | October 10, 2011

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New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Mansfield, traces the fascinating and influential life of Oprah Winfrey, profiling her quest for spiritual enlightenment?a well-publicized journey featuring a caravan of experts, mystics, and gurus?all claiming to have a prescription for inner peace and personal well-being. Mansfield shows how Oprah's story fits into our larger cultural experience and reveals why her spiritual discoveries have resonated so loudly in today's popular culture. In so doing, he sheds needed light on the dangers of a spiritual journey fueled solely by a desire for self-actualization.

In the end, we find that the story of Oprah is, in fact, the story of us?of a generation searching desperately for something meaningful to believe in.

"Wow. Stephen Mansfield reveals the Oprah story no other dares to tell?and with a two-edged sword that rightly divides the truth from the lies." ?STAR PARKER, nationally syndicated columnist and media commentator 

"As a lens can focus all the sun into one searing spot of incandescence, Where Has Oprah Taken Us? focuses the vastness of popular culture through the lens of Oprah's amazing life to bring us this towering and insightful story. Stephen Mansfield offers us an unvarnished account of Winfrey's life (and our own spiritual wandering) told graciously and irresistibly. You will be thrilled, disturbed, and astounded, but ultimately inspired and uplifted." ?RABBI DANIEL LAPIN, American Alliance of Jews and Christians

Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln's Battle with God, The Faith of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Searching for God and Guinness, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Beverly.  
Title:Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous WomanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.2 × 0.88 inPublished:October 10, 2011Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1595553088

ISBN - 13:9781595553089


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting take on Oprah's life I received “Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman” by Stephen Mansfield about a week ago. The book retails for about $24.50 CDN (for the Hardcover book) at Chapters. I had always thought of Oprah as an inspiration to women, and she has quite the influence on what is on television now (Dr.Phil, Rachel Ray, etc). As a younger person, I was not around when she first started her show, or was even really allowed to watch until I was older, so I had only seen Oprah shows after 2001. I found Stephen's version of her story very interesting and gave me another outlook on who she really is. I really do not know how much of his book is actually true of Oprah's life, but his outlook on her failings and experiences from a “Christian” standpoint is very interesting, and not a view that I can say that I share. I have done quite a bit of research into different faiths and religions, and some of the points he makes I feel are very “narrow-minded”. I can see that Oprah gave each of these spiritual leaders a chance to give her audience a taste of different religions, but from what I had seen from all of the Oprah shows that I had watched, positive take-aways came from each guest. It was the viewers choice what they believed and what they wanted to take away from that episode. I consider myself a Christian and I practice Yoga and Meditation. I feel there is nothing wrong with this and do not believe Christ would either. I purely do it to relax and for my own mental and physical well-being. I do not chant mantras or have any desire to give up my beliefs as a Christian, however I believe there can be a type of religion “blending” that is appropriate to a certain degree, which in this book, his opinion is the opposite. These are just my thoughts on the book, as I always say, others might enjoy it and have different takeaways than I did. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book at no charge through BookSneeze.com’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest opinion of this book. I was not required to submit a positive review, opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Date published: 2011-10-06