The book, "Where Has Oprah Taken Us" by Stephen Mansfield is a biographical analysis of Oprah Winfrey's religious beliefs. Mansfield seeks to explain how Oprah's quest for spiritual enlightenment allowed her to become a spiritual leader to many. He sets out to take you on a journey of two roads merging into one path - starting with Oprah's modest beginnings, highlighting her youth and early career to significant events that lead to present talk show/network owner/religious guru that she has become. Meanwhile, another path the author travels is the history of a few eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddism, Taoism) and how many of those beliefs over time merged into the current day culture of the western world.
As the author delves into Oprah's life, he uses personal interviews, interviews from Oprah's television show, books written about Oprah, and etc. to paint a picture of what she believes. He highlights certain life experiences that may have been defining moments in Oprah's shift from traditional Judeo-Christianity beliefs to a varied mixture of new Age Spirituality. Mansfield also explains how blending the belief systems of Hinduism, Buddism, Taoism, and Christianity into one is contradictory at best. He uses detailed research to show how the basic tenets of these faiths are different and can’t be truly merged into one melting pot. Hence, another argument against the combining of a little bit of this and a little bit of that, that a few gurus and experts in the New Age movement propose.
I thought the book was interesting, thoroughly researched and well written. I selected this book to to learn more about Oprah's beliefs. In the process, I learned more about her as a person (not just the mega talk show figure that she is) plus I learned about world religions - their core tenets and major differences from Christianity. I would recommend this book for the above reasons.
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