Where Has Oprah Taken Us? is another explosive, engaging and probing book from the pen of Stephen Mansfield who has authored several other biographical books. For someone who has been a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey, I read the book brimming with enthusiasm. And I must confess that by the end of the book much of my enthusiasm evaporated. And it has nothing to do with the author or the manner of his treatment of the subject.
Many of us adored, watched and followed Oprah on her shows but no one probed beyond what we read and saw on television. And in an age and day when every one of us wants to be politically correct, no one is willing to risk being labeled. But Stephen Mansfield is one who minces no words about what he believes. The result: it has removed the scales from many eyes to see where Oprah really stands when it comes to faith and belief.
The author of the book outlines a biographical background of Oprah and gives us a look into those who have influenced her beliefs and made an honest attempt to dissect her faith. He answers questions that many have been unwilling to ask. This is pertinent as she is an icon to millions around the world. And I guess, many have been influenced by her without really knowing her beliefs.
Mansfield did a commendable job in dissecting her. But to many admirers who, like Oprah, believe that there is more than one path to God, the book would be hard to digest. The readability of the book will depend on which side of the fence you are – Oprah or Mansfield.
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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About the author: Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone's film W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Known for aggressively researching his books, Mansfield worked in a brewery while writing The Search for God and Guinness and was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq to produce The Faith of the American Soldier.
Stephen lives in Nashville and Washington DC with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer. For more information, log onto MansfieldGroup.com.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze and was not required to give a positive opinion.