The Gospel According to Oprah
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Oprah Winfrey is the best-known female talk show host in the world, and her upbeat spiritual self-help programs reach millions. Nelson discusses the reasons for her mass appeal, her views on religion and Christianity, and the ways she fosters forgiveness, empathy, gratitude, and self-examination. 128 pages, softcover. Westminster/John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 0664229425
ISBN-13: 9780664229429
Series: Gospel According to

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In this book, religion reporter Marcia Nelson explores the spiritual dimensions that are prevalent in all aspects of the Oprah Winfrey media empire. Though Oprah is rarely explicitly religious on her television show or in her magazine, Nelson points out that there are several major Christian themes that weave through these aspects of her life and work: confession, redemption, healing, mission, forgiveness, and salvation. Nelson concludes that Oprah is a "compelling spiritual teacher in a spiritually eclectic and ever-practical America." This book will appeal both to Oprah fans and people who are fascinated by the intersection of religion and popular culture.

Author Bio

Marcia Z. Nelson is a religion writer for Publishers Weekly. Her writing has also appeared in The Christian Century, The Utne Reader, and the Chicago Tribune. She is the Midwest correspondent for ReligionLink and a member of the Religion Newswriters Association. She is the author of Come and Sit and The God of Second Chances.

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Oprah Winfrey is inspirational, but does she really proclaim the "gospel," meaning literally, "good news"? Nelson says yes, and counts the ways. The best-known female talk show host in the world is a "reminder service of... values," a font of self-help advice and a vision of humanity, says Nelson, a freelance religion writer (Come and See). She praises Oprah for using her entertainment pulpit to promote such positive spiritual values as gratitude, empathy, forgiveness and self-examination. Best of all, Oprah does it with plain talk. Nelson says another secret to Oprah's broad appeal in the marketplace for TV ratings is that she never gets too specific on matters religious or political. After painting a glowing portrait of Ms. O, you may wonder, is there anything about Oprah and her media empire that isn't "good news" to Nelson? "The almost compulsive excess of it all." Nelson notes that Oprah's emphasis on constant self-improvement encourages an "unquenchable desire" for success. Oprah didn't authorize this lively and information-packed book, but she may one day wish she had. Her fans will love it and her detractors may even lighten up enough to appreciate Oprah and her influence after reading it. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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