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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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
jonitaylorRice, TXAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Where Has Oprah Taken UsJanuary 13, 2012jonitaylorRice, TXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Book Description:
An evocative exploration of Oprah Winfrey's religious beliefs, from her rejection of her Baptist upbringing to her controversial rise as "an icon of church-free spirituality."
Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedyÃ¢â¬âshe was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14Ã¢â¬âOprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of "New Age Christianity." She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, "a postmodern priestessÃ¢â¬âan icon of church-free spirituality." Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of the Course in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self-empowerment. She has also become a disciple of Eckhart Tolle, the increasingly popular teacher of a form of spirituality that blends Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.
Author Stephen Mansfield explores the Winfrey spiritual phenomenonÃ¢â¬âmuch as Mansfield has with figures like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Winston Churchill.
This is a good read. I really liked Stephen Mansfield and his thoughts regarding Oprah's influence on religion and our society. I will admit that the book is a slow start and I had a hard time getting into it but it became very interesting. It's nice to see his own notes and thoughts on Christianity.
This book was provided to me free of charge and in accordance to the FTC rules and regs. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Heracles27AUS, SAAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Where Has Oprah Taken Us?December 22, 2011Heracles27AUS, SAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Stephen Mansfield's begins with a short biography of Oprah's life. He describes her childhood, teenage years, and rise to fame. He explores her adolescence, where the major changes in her religous beliefs occurred.
Mansfield then changes topic to the religious history and beliefs of America over the last 60 years. He describes and explains the changes in the baby boomer generation, the introduction of Satanism, and the changes in Eastern religions.
Oprah's spiritual mentors and teachers are the main topic of the next chapter. Oprah still is not outlined in her beliefs. Oprah AND her mentors are further explored, ie. Oprah, Eckart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Gary Zukav, and Marianne Williamson.
With the last section of the book, Stephen Mansfield outlines and decides on Oprah's main spiritual beliefs, quoting and taking from her statements. A unreasonable, generally unbiased conclusion is drawn.
Overall, I think this book was well written, and not biased, so a good, informative biography/review on her life and beliefs. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good biography.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
(I saw this on other reviews I read, and figured I must need to add it ;) )
puddles29729http://jaynesthoughtsonpoprocks.blogspot.com/b/posAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Where Has Oprah Taken Us? By Stephen MansfieldDecember 11, 2011puddles29729http://jaynesthoughtsonpoprocks.blogspot.com/b/posAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I approached this work with trepidation. The last thing I wanted to read was vitriol about another famous, successful woman. I was pleasantly surprised. Taking us from Oprah's shaky start in Southern Mississippi author Stephen Mansfield gives us a careful and reasoned examination of her life and career. He looks at every angle of her affect on the religious education of her viewer's and soundly backs up his theory that Oprah has moved away from mainstream Christianity and led her "flock" into a new age philosophy.
While I did not agree with every theory Mr. Mansfield presents about Oprah I did thoroughly enjoy this work. I liked it very much that early in the book he addresses his own bias and that it may shade his views. I found Mr. Mansfield very honest in this respect. I liked also that the book asked me to think and ponder the facts and in the end allowed me to look at Oprah as a guru of her own brand of faith- indeed to view her in a way that I had never thought about previously.
It is clear throughout "Where has Oprah Taken Us?" that Mr. Mansfield has done his homework on the subject. He tells the story of her life with great detail and familiarizes us with the characters the surrounded her with great depth. He advances the story of her television career chronologically and allows us to see the curve of her focus from the early days where her public presentations where almost literally biblical to the later years where she is influenced strongly by Eckhart Tolle, Depak Chopra, Rev. Ed Bacon, and Maya Angelou and Marianne Williamson.
Certainly, some will take from the author's hypothesis- that Oprah has perhaps led us astray by embracing humanism rather than biblical faith- a judgement of the icon. I found in in Mansfield's careful deconstruction of her a different point. Truly, what he is asking us to do here is think. To move away from swallowing whole any philosophy given to us by the famous, the powerful, the mass media and ask ourselves if it makes sense, if it contains the truth, and if it will lead along the right path. For any and all people who approach dogma with reason this book will be a very helpful tool and a great exercise for the mind.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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avid readerAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good readNovember 30, 2011avid readerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is about Oprah's spirituality - which is not good, by the way - and that spirituality's influence upon America and the world.
This is the story of Oprah's life, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Beginning with the truths of her birth, chaotic upbringing and also a look into the many blessings that she has had that aren't often mentioned by her. Once she was a professed believer in Jesus Christ and then you begin to see some of the things that shaped her turn to making her own "religion".
Stephen Mansfield did his homework thoroughly. There is a lot of information in his book but it is necessary to build his case. He was fair, clearly showing when something he wrote was his insight; which I found very interesting in the way he did it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Much needed book about Oprah's influenceNovember 11, 2011Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Raised by her grandmother and off and on by her mother and the man she considered to be her father, Oprah Winfrey rose from the depths of poverty to become the wealthiest woman alive today. Her influence spans the globe. Her talk show produced discussions of rape and incest, gay marriage, pornography and a whole host of other topics considered taboo when her show first aired. A generation of young adults has been raised on Oprah's political and religious views.
"What would Oprah do?" is a phrase being popularized just as "What would Jesus do" was just a few years ago. Stephen Mansfield has written "Where Has Oprah Taken Us?" asking the question not so much as a criticism of Oprah's accomplishments but more to expose the dangers of her religious and spiritual teachings.
Oprah has taken the best qualities of different religions and combined them to form a religion that pleases everyone. Her philosophy or theology is basically if you think it you can make it happen thereby making you the god of your life.
The truth is Oprah has accomplished great things and become rich in the process. People around the world love her and worship her. They want what she has, and that's the danger. She teaches that they can have what she has if they believe it to be so. We do not hear about what happens to those who fall for her rhetoric after the delivery of such promises are unfulfilled.
Oprah wants people to like her so she seeks to win their love and adoration by giving outrageously expensive gifts to her friends and family and sometimes complete strangers. Oprah is living proof that it doesn't matter how much money or power you have, if you don't have love, you have nothing. That's what's missing in the world of Oprah we are living in today. If we listen long enough and earnest enough, we might start to believe her rhetoric. Oprah became an overnight success and she is still riding on the wings of success. With each new venture, Oprah wins the right to influence others.
Mansfield asks difficult questions about Oprah. These questions are important for us to consider. Should we allow Oprah, or anyone else, to influence what we believe about money, power, and our God? Can the world survive without Oprah? Can you?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."