O God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality, provides an in-depth look at one of the greatest media influences of all time: the empire of Oprah. Between The Oprah Winfrey Show and O Magazine, millions of people are exposed to Oprah's spiritual beliefs. Christians and those of other faiths are asking tough questions and looking for answers.McDowell and Sterrett approach the spirituality of Oprah by means of a fictional narrative featuring conversation between two friends. The spiritual conversation begins when the two girls get together to discuss spiritual issues. By using stories to address the deeper issues raised in the spiritual conversations held by Oprah and her friends, McDowell and Sterrett disarm and entertain their readers while also revealing biblical truths and exposing the errant teachings and misconceptions of Oprah.McDowell, a mega-bestselling Christian author and evangelist, teams up with Sterrett, a gifted writer and popular speaker, to broach a serious subject with a wise, balanced, easy-to-read approach. McDowell and Sterrett help readers to discern the truth about the spirituality of Oprah and her friends.
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About the Author
Josh McDowell, one of America's most beloved evangelists and founder of Josh McDowell Ministries, has authored or co-authored 118 books, including More Than a Carpenter, which has sold 15 million copies in eighty-five languages.Dave Sterrett serves as an educator, writer, and speaker for Probe Ministries International. Dave teaches on Christ-centered living, Christian apologetics, and true spirituality.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" 13
Isn't Oprah's spirituality influential?
Chapter 2 Oprah.com 19
Is the God of the Bible a jealous God?
Chapter 3 O, The Oprah Magazine 29
Cant there possibly be more than one way to heaven?
Chapter 4 Oprah's Tolerance 37
Should we be open to other spiritual paths?
Chapter 5 The Book Club with F.ckhart lolle 47
Is truth absolute or relative?
Chapter 6 Rhonda Byrne's The Secret 61
Does The Secret work?
Chapter 7 "Oprah and Friends" onXM Radio 69
Is God all? Or did God make all?
Chapter 8 Sixth Street Love 81
Is sin an illusion?
Chapter 9 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 91
Is Jesus"the Jesus of Christ-consciousness" or the Jesus of the New Testament?
Chapter 10 Reincarnation or Resurrection? 101
What happens to the soul and body after death?
Chapter 11 Watching "Oprah" on Vacation 111
How can people experience the love of God through Jesus?
Discussion Questions 119
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book.It is Rooted in bibical teaching and has a good analysis of Oprah Winfrey's spiritual views (which are not bibical). It's a worthwhile read...
I really like the way this book is in story form, but discusses real and valid points with valid arguments, so that it is not just a story but you actually learn from it as well.
There is no denying the fact that Oprah's popularity is pervasive in our culture today. From her immensely popular daytime TV show to her magazine, website, satellite radio show, book club selections and online spiritual sessions, Oprah is one of the most visible and influential persons today. Her influence spilled over into the political arena this past election as well. But the primary concern isn't political, it's Oprah's position on matters of religion that caused McDowell and Sterrett to coauthor this much-needed examination of what Oprah is actually promoting and endorsing. "O" God is written as a narrative - a story of the spiritual journey of a young woman named Lindsey, a law student at the University of Texas, and her friends and family. The narrative is both interesting and insightful, but the best part of the book is the apologetics, which are well reasoned and easy to understand. Without attacking Oprah or her beliefs, McDowell and Sterrett are able to raise some very significant issues such as the existence of absolute truth, the reality of the resurrection of Christ, the concept of evil, and dozens of other critical concepts. They do a great job of exploring the concept of religious pluralism and its self-refuting tolerance of all things but Christianity. The book gives just a taste of some of the leading Christian apologetics from William Lane Craig to Dinesh D'Souza weaving them into the story line while maintaining the interest of the narrative. I think this is an outstanding book to give to any person interested in spiritual matters or religious issues, especially women who are probably more significantly influenced by Oprah on matters of faith than they might first imagine. While the book is relatively concise, just over 100 pages, and very enjoyable to read, the authors do a great job of diving into some of the most important and controversial issues of our day giving clear, relevant, and reasonable arguments and evidence for the truth claims of Scripture and the deity of Jesus Christ. Great book for a book study, great gift for a friend, and an important read for Christians wanting to learn how to defend their faith in a winsome and intelligent manner.
Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett have taken a contemporary, relevant topic on spirituality and have presented it in an engaging and fun style through the use of fiction. Weighing in at a mere 128 pages (117 pages if you don't include the study guide questions at the back) this book might seem light, but it will definitely land some heavy weight punches. Using real quotes from Oprah and some of the New Age/Pantheistic people she endorses, they are put on the lips of fictional characters who wind up having a deep and meaningful conversation about God, Christianity, and a hodge-podge of American spirituality that Oprah seems to be heading. It's a fun, quick read and you will learn a lot of good information without it being overwhelming or burdensome. I highly recommend this book as the short narrative delivers pertinent insights to the spiritual climate in America. Shawn White Note: A review copy of this book as provided to Shawn courtesy of Dave Sterrett.
"O" God, written by Josh McDowell & Dave Sterrett, gives a very clear explanation of Christianity and its beliefs. Written in a fiction genre, "O" God addresses many books endorsed by Oprah as well as many beliefs expressed by her guests, particularly ones who endorse an "open-minded pluralistic view of god." McDowell and Sterrett point out that one of the many fallacies of those professing "open-minded pluralism" is that they clearly reject any religion claiming there is only one way to God, i.e., Christianity. One of the focal points of this book is the differentiation between pantheism & theism. "O" God quotes C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) as stating, ".pantheism catches on precisely because, like an old shoe, it is so comfortable." McDowell & Sterrett also closely examine "Is truth relative?" concluding that "truth about reality is true regardless of whether or not people believe that truth." A much needed clarification between Western logic (either.or) and Eastern logic (both.and) is made clear with many examples showing how adhering to one of the logics will shape what one believes. The two main characters in "O" God also examine the nature of God, asking, "If God is all good, how then can He be jealous?" Reading this book is worth the time if only to gain a better understanding of the term "jealous" in relation to the Christian God. In lighter terms, this book is the very best written gospel track I have ever read and should be used as a tool in helping others come to a better understanding of Jesus Christ. I was hesitant to pick up "O" God, thinking it would be an "open bashing" of Oprah, but am pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find the very last page contained a beautiful prayer for Oprah and God's use of her life & influence for His Glory. It did clearly draw lines between beliefs Oprah has endorsed on her show/magazine and the beliefs of Christianity; however, the subject matter was handled in a kind manner, neither belittling those disagreed with nor speaking disrespectfully about them. John the Baptist and Paul would not have been so polite.
I just completed the newest book by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett which focuses its attention on some of the spiritual teachings that have been advocated in recent years on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The book deals with the works of several different authors that mostly emphasize New Age concepts. The works addressed in this book include those by Eckert Tolle, Rhonda Byrne, and A Course in Miracles International This book has several things to recommend it. First, it's written as a novel and is not your standard book on Christian theology or apologetics. Instead, you are invited to read about a brief period in the life of Lindsey and her friends. Following the death of her father, Lindsey has a number of questions. She is a fan of Oprah (both the show and the magazine), and has shaped much of her spiritual views around those advocated by Oprah Winfrey. Lindsey's friend, an Indian philosophy student named Avatari, is a Christian convert from Hinduism who engages Lindsey in dialog about her faith. This sets the stage for a book that is reminiscent of The Shack (using a novel-like setting with fictional characters and events to allow for theologically-driven dialog). As a novel, the situations are admittedly a bit contrived. But I view these as necessary in order to allow for the characters to engage in the dialog which is the focus of the book. As it turns out, the dialog is the second reason to read the book, and it's perhaps the best reason. By reading this book, one not only gets a good foundation in Christian doctrine to refute some of the New Age ideas espoused by Oprah, but it provides an opportunity for people that would like to share their faith to see what a dialog with one of their questioning friends might look like. In so many books today, we are introduced to information that, while helpful, doesn't really shows us how to use it in a conversation. This is where "O" God excels. It takes these foundational concepts and applies them to an imagined conversation between two friends. In doing this, the reader is taught not only what to say, but how to say it. The third thing I really like about this book is that it has a specific focus. There are so many books you can pick up that try to cover many different topics. But this one takes a direct look at the spirituality taught by Oprah and her friends, and it responds to these teachings in a succinct and straightforward manner. For those who have watched the Oprah Winfrey show (and to hear the Nielsen ratings, that's quite a lot!), this book provides direct responses to direct statements made both on the TV show and in the magazine. And it does so in the form of a dialog that is easy to understand. Finally, this book doesn't assume a great deal of background knowledge in order to understand the theological points being made. It takes the reader from where they are and gently offers a Biblical alternative to the teachings that are found within Oprah's show and magazine. This book knows its target audience, and it does a great job of speaking directly to it without becoming confusing or preachy. If you're a fan of Oprah's spiritual ideas, or if you know someone who is, this book will provide a great resource for you. It will give you a Biblical alternative to these teachings, and it will do so in an engaging and easily understood way.