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What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know For SureWhat I Know For Sure. Finished 5-18-15, rating 4.5/5, inspirational, pub. 2014

From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons—which, for fourteen years, she’s shared in O, The Oprah Magazine’s widely popular “What I Know For Sure” column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation.
 
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.

from Goodreads

 “While I was waiting on God, God was waiting on me. He was waiting on me to make a decision to either pursue the life that was meant for me or be stifled by the one I was living.” – Oprah

I’ve never considered myself an Oprah fan.  Sure there are things that I like about her, she does good things and sends positive energy out into the cold, cruel world, but every time I watched her show she seems both sincere and out-of-touch.  But Kathy said she liked this one and the audio was short (only 4 cds) and read by Oprah herself so I thought I’d give it a listen.  I’m so glad that I did.

Oprah has many gifts and one is the power of communication.  I loved listening to her read her short columns from O Magazine about the things in life that she knows for sure.  It was like having Oprah sitting in the car with me (much like the cross-country road trip she takes with best friend Gayle that she talks about in the book) telling me to live my best life.  As often as I get pulled into the drudgery and annoyances of everyday life, it was such a breath of fresh air to hear Oprah tell me to open my eyes and live my best life.

There may have been no brand new lessons, we’ve heard many of these things before, but Oprah sharing her varied experiences and what they taught her left me with a smile on my face as well as in my heart.  Inspiring and positive and definitely worth a listen.

June 4, 2015 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books | ,

9 Comments »

  1. Sounds good.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  2. I’m so glad you liked this too! It was a Final Jeopardy question not too long ago and I impressed my mom and sister by knowing the answer.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  3. I don’t know that I am a fan of Oprah’s but I have a lot of respect for her. I haven’t listened or read this book, and I’m not sure I will, but I imagine it is quite inspiring. I am glad you liked it, Stacy!

    Comment by Literary Feline | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  4. Yours is not the first very positive thoughts I’ve heard about this book. I already have it on audio and am waiting for just the right time this summer to have a listen. I suspect I will like it very much. 🙂

    Comment by Kay | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  5. I’d like to listen to this, too!

    Comment by lakesidemusing | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  6. Sounds like a good read!

    Comment by Mary | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  7. I think I would enjoy this as an audiobook more than a print book. I liked Oprah in the past, but haven’t thought about her lately. Since she is sharing words of inspiration that is always welcome.

    Comment by Rita @ View From My Home | June 5, 2015 | Reply

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