Stephen Mansfield has two new books out recently, one on Oprah Winfrey and one on Barack Obama. The book on Oprah Winfrey—entitled Where Has Oprah Taken Us: The Religious Impact of the World’s Most Famous Woman—is already out and climbing bestseller lists. The book on Obama—an updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The Faith of Barack Obama—is coming out in late November. Interestingly, though both books are about influential African-American leaders in our generation, the book on Oprah is about a woman who has rejected biblical Christianity in favor of a self-empowering mysticism and the book on Obama is about a man schooled in theological liberalism who is now turning toward a more traditional Christian faith. In the new Obama book, Mansfield even includes details like copies of the devotional emails the president receives daily on his Blackberry. The two books represent two fascinating tales about two very different religious journeys in our time.
I am eagerly looking forward to the release of my next book, the cover of which you see here. Though I admire Oprah Winfrey for all that she has accomplished, I am deeply disturbed by the brew of spirituality she has encouraged through her various media. In this book, I carefully describe her rise to fame, her turning to alternative spirituality, the influence of Baby Boomer history on her life, the spokesmen for New Age spirituality she has promoted on her show and her religious influence upon our culture. I’m looking forward to exploring the themes of this book with readers around the world in the coming months. By the way, the book releases in mid-October.
As The Oprah Winfrey Show comes to an end, Stephen discusses problems with her New Age philosophies, contemplates the future of the Oprah Winfrey Network, and gives us a sneak preview of his upcoming book, which will cover all this and more.