Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: A Review.


Where has Oprah Taken Us? By Stephen Mansfield

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 tragedy-she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14-Oprah 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 priestess-an 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.

Where do I start with this book? It begins with Oprahs birth, then following through her childhood, to her teens and adulthood. This book I thought was definitely hard to swallow for me, and some parts in this were super raw, and I was soft of uncomfortable in parts. The book talks of sex, sex, sex, I shouldn’t be too surprised since that was what only Oprah started out doing on the show. She wasn’t embarrassed to do so.  But I loved were Mansfield added, journal entries by Oprah herself. I enjoyed how he told of how witty she was, in the 70’s when she was an anchor on the news. I was always fascinated by Oprah and how she was raised, and how she got started with The Oprah Winfrey Show. And Mansfield definitely I think explained how she had her raise and fall moments, this book was great on these things. The main part of this book was the religion. Oprah had her ups and downs with it, but I do think this book was on the dot about how she explored it and wasn’t afraid to look at the other religions around her.  But I definitely recommend it to the older readers. 

I was given this book, for my review by booksneeze(booksneeze.com)

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