Oprah Winfrey has had a massive impact on America, particularly on American women during the last two decades. She went from being something of an undifferentiated talker to being a sophisticated promoter of all the things she found interesting as her own possibilities broadened exponentially.
The journey has encompassed weight loss, healthy eating, exercise, Toni Morrison, new fiction novelists, Dr. Phil, the spiritualist Eckhart Tolle, and, of late, Dr. Mehmet Oz. When the book recommendations led to a couple of controversies, including one author preferring not to be recommended, she switched to a pure diet of more enduring volumes by authors like James Steinbeck.
She is on a ride. She takes her audience with her on television, in magazines, and anywhere else she chooses to go.
My wife, a devout Christian, has often expressed her own desire that Oprah discover Jesus Christ. From time to time I have thought about this. If I wanted Oprah to turn her attention to Christianity on the chance that it might leave a lasting impression, who would be the best person to speak to her about it.
I think I would choose John Eldredge for the task. There is much about his presentation that might resonate with her. First, he is an actor who gives voice to his faith with charisma, passion, and verve. Second, he cuts straight to the heart, talking about the pain we all feel in life and referring to our relationship with God as a romance. Finally, he upholds the very serious idea that we can be in communication with God, that we can feel his presence in our lives.
John needs to invite Oprah and her friends out to Colorado for one of his famous retreats.