Oprah scares the hell out of some people

Bye Oona... I mean Oprah! 

She “scares the hell out of” Richard Powers’ protagonist in Generosity, in her audience to discover “the secret of happiness,” even as she reassures him. She scares fundamentalists with her version of New Thought and Positive Thinking, which is often silly but usually harmless and sometimes actually constructive.  (More on this to come in SoL.) And say whatever else you will about her Book Club, it got people reading.  She was the J.K. Rowling of daytime TV.

But did God really raise her ratings and give her her “best life”?

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