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Engaging, informative and respectful
on October 7, 2009
Obviously, Oprah is huge. She is influential. She has a book club. She has done a great deal of good for humanity. I could go on in describing Oprah, but I'm guessing you've heard of her. So, I will turn my attention to the book instead.
First off, this book isn't going to make Oprah's book club. The reason is that it challenges the teachings of Oprah and her friends. It does so, however, in a respectful way. The book is only 128 pages (including discussion questions at the back) and breaks down complex questions in an enjoyable and easy to understand manner.
Through fictional conversations amongst female graduate students, the book tackles questions such as:
* Why worship a jealous God?
* Is there one or many paths to God?
* How can open-mindedness lead to another type of exclusivism?
* How to recognize and address self-defeating statements (i.e. "People can't know any truth about reality." - How can you know this? "People shouldn't be imposing their beliefs on others." - Isn't that a belief? "Judge not!" - Isn't that a judgment? "I can't stand intolerant people." - You are intolerant of intolerant people?)
* How can the truth be known?
* What might the Apostle Paul say about the book The Secret?
* Is God a part of us or different?
* Is there such a thing as right and wrong?
* Is "Let it Rain" or "I Could Sing of your Love Forever" the most obnoxious Christian worship song of all time? (This is not in the book. This is a joke.)
* Do we have any evidence for an afterlife?
* Will the real historical Jesus please stand up?
Overall, I got into this book more and more as it went along. It is written in a spirit of love and presents some excellent rebuttals to the teachings of popular spiritual leaders of our day. The characters are easy to relate to and the book is current. There are also many excellent quotations from other sources. Rather than straight-up apologetics, the conversational dialogue makes the material much easier to digest and I was drawn in by the characters and the story. I learned new things and other material was presented in a unique and fascinating way.
I really enjoyed this book. Regardless of what you think or how you feel about Oprah, it is definitely worth checking out what McDowell and Sterrett have to say. The book was a great idea and the authors follow through with very good execution.
This book was provided for review by WND Books.