James Frey’s book, A Million Little Pieces, made it big when Oprah Winfrey added it to her book club. It turns out that key elements of the autobiography were exaggerated or flat out untrue. Yet Oprah is standing by her author, saying that the details don’t matter. Apparently what counts is the powerful narrative’s ability to inspire people.
How postmodern: What counts is not the veracity or intent of the author, but the reaction of the reader (even if it is based on a lie). You have to wonder what details have been doctored in Oprah’s many personal stories.
About Stan Guthrie
Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers.
Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Tell Me More, WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio's New Day Florida. A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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