O God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality
Josh D. McDowell & Dave Sterrett
|"O" God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality provides an in-depth look at the controversial spiritual beliefs of one of the greatest media influences of all time: Oprah.|
Between The Oprah Winfrey Show, O Magazine and her national webinars on faith, millions are being exposed to Oprah's splintered beliefs. As many exit the doors of traditional religion, the church of Oprah has become a viable alternative to a world looking for a savior—but without the strings. Christians and those of other faiths are asking the nagging question: “Where do Oprah’s teachings lead?” In "O" God, mega-bestselling Christian author and evangelist Josh McDowell teams up with Dave Sterrett, a gifted writer and popular speaker. Together, they provide a cutting-edge response to popular inquiries about Oprah's spiritual teaching and the advice of the colorful teachers she promotes.
"The danger is that while appearing to use Christian and inclusive language that at first seems similar to that of Christianity, Oprah teaches a message that is radically different and absolutely contrary to the true teaching of Scripture and historic Christianity," McDowell and Sterrett warn.
McDowell and Sterrett approach the spirituality of Oprah by means of a fictional narrative. By using stories to address the deeper issues raised through Oprah’s media empire, McDowell and Sterrett disarm and entertain their readers, while also revealing biblical truths and exposing the errant teachings and misconceptions of Oprah.
"O" God follows the conversations of two girl friends, Lindsey and Avatari – representing the multitudes of Oprah fans, who unwittingly place their faith in the hodgepodge of spirituality embedded in her popular TV talk show, magazine and webinars. In the end, a life-altering crisis helps crystallize the truth from counterfeit teachings.
In "O" God, readers will find answers to questions like:
# Are there many ways to reach God, as Oprah teaches?
# Who was the real historical Jesus?
# Why would I worship the God of the Bible when he is described as jealous?
# Is it okay for a Christian to embrace other forms of spirituality?
# Do we have the potential to discover that we are indeed God or the Supreme Being?
Josh McDowell spoke with CBN News about the purpose of their book and why he thinks Christians should engage in the debate surrounding Winfrey's spirituality:
Features: Bibliography, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.36" H x 8.96" L x 6.14" W (0.4 lbs) 128 pages
Publisher: WND Books
US SRP: 14.99 US
Pub Date: October 06, 2009
Since 1960, Josh McDowell has authored or co-authored 118 books, including "More Than a Carpenter", which has sold 15 million copies in eighty-five languages, and "New Evidence That Demands a Verdict", named one of the twentieth century's top forty books and one of the thirteen most influential books of the last fifty years on Christian thought by "World Magazine". McDowell completed his college degree at Wheaton college and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master of Divinity degree. Not long after, he started the Josh Mcdowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. In addition to many other awards, Josh has been nominated thirty-six times for the Gold Medallion Award and has received that award on four occasions. In spite of all the honors and awards he has received, Josh will tell anyone that his greatest joys and pleasures come from his family. He and his wife Dottie have been married thirty-eight years. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Dave Sterrett is an evangelist for Jesus Christ to a new generation. He serves as an educator, writer and speaker for Probe Ministries International in Plano, Texas. Dave teaches on Christ-centered living, Christian apologetics, and true spirituality at conferences, schools and churches internationally. Dave's other forthcoming book, "Why trust Jesus"? will be released by Moody Publishers in March of 2010. Dave serves as a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, edited by editor and author Sean McDowell. Dave is a graduate of Oak Hill Academy, Liberty University (B.S. Religion), and Southern Evangelical Seminary (M.A. Apologetics), and is currently pursuing another M.A. in philosophy at the University of Dallas. Before working with Probe Ministries, Dave served as a pastor and youth minister and taught philosophy, ethics and Bible at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.
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