Oprah Winfrey has a lot of influence. When she chooses a book for her bookclub, it's like instant gold for the author. When she embraces a product or technology, it raises the status of it, increases the sales. To many people she is a voice of authority.
Yesterday, Julie posted her review for Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, a book I've had in my to be read pile since Andrew Peterson mentioned it. Andrew Peterson is a little bit like my Oprah. When he says something is good...books or music or movies, I know I have to try it out. I think because I love so much the art he creates, I think his influences must be wonderful as well. And I usually do enjoy them.
I'm guessing a good number of you reading this have never even heard of Andrew Peterson, which just goes to show that sometimes influence is deepest when it's not the biggest name.
But it got me to thinking...who is everyone else's Oprah? Who, when they stamp their seal of approval on something, do you listen to? An author? An artist? A blogger, perhaps? I'd love to know!!
So go for it! Tell us who your Oprah is! And if you don't have one...who comes the closest?