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As a creative force, student of the human heart and soul, and champion of living the life you want, Oprah Winfrey stands alone. Over the years, she has made history with a legendary talk show - the highest-rated program of its kind, launched her own television network, become the nation's only African-American billionaire, and been awarded both an honorary degree by Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 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.

228 pages, Hardcover

First published September 2, 2014

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Oprah Winfrey

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As the visionary and leader behind OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and formerly the supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah has entertained and inspired millions of viewers to live their best lives. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

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279 reviews24 followers
September 3, 2014
I guess I just don't get it. Pure pablum. Things that have been said, repeatedly and endlessly, by any number of people and in numerous books forever. There are a few things that are nice to contemplate but, again, they have all been said before and the vast majority of it is nothing but nebulous notions like, "You lead life, it doesn't lead you" and "Be your best self." I wonder if the quiet moments of perfection come as easily in a homeless shelter as on your own private retreat in Hawaii. I wonder if that perfect peach tastes as sweet to a child who knows it's the last thing they'll have to eat that weekend. I wonder if you are able to lead life when you can hardly stay awake after coming home from your third job or when you find it difficult to walk because you can't afford the medication that would ease your pain.

At the very least, I hope the proceeds from this are going to charity because for being a compilation and being very, very small, it sure is expensive. Oprah should have done better for the millions of people she knows will run out and spend their money on this book simply because it is from her. They deserve better...or at least something. This book is, ultimately, a whole lot of nothing.
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119 reviews392 followers
December 11, 2014
I love Oprah. That's coming from a person who isn't dazzled by celebrities. I grew up watching her talk show, and I'm not ashamed of admitting that I learned a lot from her. I love her positive outlook on life, her strength and her determination.It's summed up really nicely in this book;

My highest achievement: never shutting down my heart. Even in my darkest moments—through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals—I remained faithful, hopeful, and willing to see the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst. I continued to believe that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward.

This book is a collection of 14 years worth of monthly columns in O magazine.
They are the things she knows for sure to be true in life.

Ask yourself what you know for sure and what you’ll find along the way will be fantastic, because what you’ll find will be yourself.

And although I don't agree with everything she says, it was still a very insightful read.
One of my favorite lines, is when she describes why she loves reading;

I love to live in another person's thoughts. I marvel at the bonds I feel with people who come alive on the page, regardless of how different their circumstances might be from mine

And at times you feel like she totally gets you;

Is there anything I love more than a good meal? Not much.

I read in one of the reviews that all of this has been said before. That is true,but it seems that we are so caught up in our daily lives, that we keep losing sight of what's really important in life, so we need a constant reminder.
Don't get me wrong, having a job IS really important, but so is stopping once in a while and looking around you so you won't miss the tiny "miracles" we look over every day.
I love how this book is written, in short chapters, in a conventional but powerful language. I would put in some other quotes, but to be honest the whole book is one big giant quote.

If you like Oprah, read it. If you need some positive reinforcement in your life read it. If you are exactly where you want to be in life read it too.
Even if you don't like or agree with everything she does or thinks, you'll still be touched.

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9,564 reviews50 followers
August 27, 2020
What I Know For Sure, Oprah Winfrey

Originally published: September 2, 2014. After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?"

Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show, launched her own television network, became America's only black billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نوزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2016میلادی

عنوان: با اطمینان می‌دانم که ‏‫: توصیه‌ های اپرا وینفری برای موفقیت و خوشبختی در زندگی‮‬؛ نویسنده: اپرا وینفری‏‫؛ مترجم: یاسمن رضایی؛ تهران انتشارات میلکان‏‫، 1394؛ در 128ص؛ شابک 9786007443989؛ موضوع باورهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21م

اپرا وینفری، کتاب «با اطمینان میدانم که» را در هشت فصل نگاشته است: «لذت»؛ «انعطاف پذیری»؛ «ارتباط»؛ «شکر گزاری»؛ «احتمال»؛ «اعجاز»؛ «شفافیت»؛ و «قدرت»؛

کتاب «با اطمینان میدانم که»؛ توصیه های ایشان برای موفقیت و خوشبختی در زندگی است؛ این کتاب همانطور که از نامش پیداست شامل موضوعاتی میشود که «اپرا وینفری» طی سالها از آنها اطمینان حاصل کرده، و اکنون به صورت کتاب چاپ کرده است.؛ «اپرا وینفری» خود زندگی سختی در کودکی داشته، و قربانی تبعیض نژادی، و سوء استفاده جنسی، در چهارده سالگی بوده است؛

ایشان درباره ی تولد خود چنین میگویند: «تولد من با شرم، پریشانی و پشیمانی پدرم و مادرم همراه بوده.؛ اما در گذر زمان او به موفقیتهای فراوانی رسیده است؛ و جزء ثروتمندترین زنان دنیا به شمار میرود؛ داستان نوشتن این کتاب، به یک مصاحبه، در سال 1998میلادی برمیگردد، که در آن «جین سیسکل» از «اپرا» میپرسند که: «بهم بگو، چه چیزی را به طور قطعی میدانی؟»؛ همین پرسش باعث میشود «اپرا» به اندیشه فرورود و پس از سالها کتابی با همین عنوان بنویسید؛ کتابی که تجربه های ناب این مجری محبوب را، در اختیار همه ی باورمندان ایشان میگذارد؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 05/06/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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417 reviews1,265 followers
February 13, 2015

Now I’m not one to kneel before the shrine of Oprah , nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years. but I do find her to be genuine and mostly filled with good advice, though I think her poor decisions like her associations with Dr. Phil, “Dr.” Oz, and Tyler Perry prove that she is human and makes mistakes like the rest of us. No, not even the great Oprah can be as flawless as Beyoncé- who, as we all know, just woke up like that.

Throughout this book she is quite candid about her struggles with weight loss, self-acceptance and a paining vajayjay. It is broken up into little vignettes of her accumulated wisdom throughout the years and placed into the following categories:

Although her book is filled with her "aha moments" that could easily be snarkily referred to as "duh moments", even a cynic like me can sense that she's writing from an authentic place of experience and knowledge. One of the best quotes in this book is:

And as anyone who knows anything about the big O is that she is all about the books. She has both a famed book club, and even a Declaration of Reader Independence:
1. Not finish a book, whether you've read to page 10, 50, or 250. (But if it's Ulysses, you get points just for getting past page 1.)
2. See the movie first—especially if you've heard the book is kind of lousy; the movie just has to be better.
3. Read two books at once—and occasionally get the plots mixed up.
4. Reread a childhood favorite. But be forewarned: Charlotte still dies.
5. Judge a book by its cover. Or its title. We defy you, for example, not to pick up Mary Roach's Bonk, which, um, scores on both counts.
6. Wish that Cormac McCarthy would use a little punctuation now and then.
7. Be miffed if your friend doesn't like a book you recommend. On the other hand, you have our permission to be miffed if she gets miffed when you don't like the one she recommends to you.
8. Ignore memoirs by people who have barely cracked their 30s.
9. Declare yourself unmoved by the existential struggles of vampires, zombies (even those in league with Jane Austen), talking dogs, or what we worry is the next trend: scary-smart monkeys.
10. Believe that books can be magic carpets to enchanted lands, even while realizing that they're inanimate objects made of ink and paper. (Unless they're e-books. And it's okay to love those, too.)

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because I felt like this could have been expanded better, but I did enjoy most of what I did read.

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56 reviews13 followers
September 21, 2014
So...I've lost some respect for Oprah. I'm sure I'm alone in this and that's okay.

This book started off as "meh" with me thinking "That's easy for Oprah to say", and then got good and valuable in the middle. I thought, "Dang, this is some good insight, I'll ignore the pretentiousness of the writing--the way she assumes because she's well-known and wealthy, her idle thoughts on the world will give the rest of us something to ponder." And then she showed how out of touch she is with the world at large, and it all fell apart.

Excuse me, Ms. Winfrey, do you honestly think MOST people who are in debt CHOOSE to be there? Many of us DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE. Do you understand that the dollar doesn't go very far anymore? That the price of an apple has increased? And okay, that's awesome you don't live your life in debt and never have, but then you launch into how you were shopping at Tiffany's and someone says "Buy both, you can afford it!" and you got excited that you didn't have to decide about choosing between two china patterns. Awesome. Have you given any thought to how shitty that sounds to your readers who have to choose between buying shoes for their kids and buying groceries? Who have to choose between paying $300 a month for prescriptions and healthy food for their children? I suppose I should abandon my home in a decent part of town and live in an high crime rate area because the rent is cheaper. That way I won't have to go into debt for the shoes or groceries or prescriptions. I can just live under the threat of my family being assulted, robbed, or killed instead.

I'm so happy for Oprah's success. I'm happy that she came from nothing and made something of herself. I'm happy that she's been rewarded for her tenacity with money. I would appreciate her more if she didn't put out tripe that is self-adulating and out of touch to the majority of people who admire her.

I'd been prepared to give this 4.5 stars until I hit the last eighth of the book (and I almost gave it 3 stars, but 2 stars means "it's okay" and so that's what I'll give this). I could've overlooked the twenty times she mentioned her house in Hawaii or the multiple times she was basically writing "Look what I did/Look what I can do!", but she really just murdered my goodwill toward this book and her thoughts on life and living at the end.
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373 reviews37 followers
September 2, 2014
Well, if you are an Oprah fan, you will love this! I would highly recommend buying this as an audiobook rather than the hardcover or paperback because there's something about Oprah's voice that makes everything still and makes the person listening truly pay attention and really get it. It's one thing to see Oprah's words on the page but hearing it from her mouth takes her words to the next level. It's difficult to explain but her voice means so much and it works so well and makes so much sense that she would be the one to narrate her own book.

"When you can see obstacles for what they are, you never lose faith in the path it takes to get you where you want to go because this I know for sure...who you're meant to be evolves from where you are right now so learning to appreciate your lessons, mistakes, and setbacks as stepping stones to the future is a clear sign you are moving in the right direction." - Oprah

As for the book itself? It's great. It's everything you're expecting. It's confirmation and inspiration for so many. Oprah talks about love and joy and relishing in the moment rather than consuming all that's around us simply because it's there. She talks about living fully and becoming the person you are intended to be. She talks about choices and your deepest intentions. About having the courage to seek out your dreams. About value and being valued. Hearing and being heard. Saying yes. Working hard. Surrendering. Conquering fear. Gratitude. The transformation of consciousness.

"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

There's not a whole lot to review here... people who follow Oprah know what they're getting, know what to expect and this is no exception. This is an expansion of the goodness that is. The goodness that we are and can be and it's a great addition to anyone's book collection. There's something here for everyone to appreciate, to learn from, to be encouraged to do in their life. As Oprah shares stories about some of the lessons she's learned over time, her "Aha" moments, it's clear that we are so much bigger than ourselves and once we can truly grasp that, there is so much we can achieve for ourselves and for others. This is a wonderful book about being the best person we can be without being preachy or self help like. It just is. As the leaves fall in this new season, let the rest fall away from you and let this book which is such an encouragement, be almost like an anchor to change and growth and progression. After all, isn't that why we're all interested in picking up this book?
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4,010 reviews633 followers
February 21, 2020
narrated by Oprah Winfrey…

Oprah considers reading her greatest indulgent.

A few more tidbits....
Oprah values self care - spirituality - friendships- inspiring collaborative work - jammie lounge Sunday’s - justice - free will - home - private time - giving and doing her
best - shopping smart - great food - silence - mindfulness matters - gratitude - meditation - commitment to oneself - love - etc. etc. etc.

“While words often have the power to destroy….they also have the power to


Oprah’s voice, inspiration, and ginger/peach tea, kept me company today
while resting in the sauna, and soaking in the pool.

This 3 hour audiobook was a surprise warm-feeling-humanity-treat.
As I finished it the last sentence,
Paul came home, (karma reward?), with a small cup of handmade- *Fiorello’s* Espresso Gelato. (made in Marin).
The flavor was explosive!

Sincere thanks to Oprah... for the humanitarian gifts!
Her wisdom reminders about being all we can be.... certainly didn’t hurt me at all!

Thanks to my husband for being the incredible love in my life. 💕
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253 reviews201 followers
July 30, 2017
في أحد المقابلات التلفزيونية سألها المذيع: أخبريني ما الشيء الذي تعرفينه على وجه اليقين؟
ليست المرة الأولى التي تخضع فيها للكثير من الأسئلة، ولم يحدث أن وجدت نفسها عاجزة عن الرد تماماً، ولكن كانت هذه المره استثنائية وبسببها ولد هذا الكتاب.

تطرقت أوبرا في هذا الكتاب للأمور التي تعرفها على وجه اليقين من خلال مواقف عاشتها، وأحداث تعرضت لها في حياتها وكانت سبباً في أدراكها للأمور وجعلها ما هي عليه اليوم.

كتاب خفيف وممتع في نفس الوقت، ستتعرف فيه أكثر على هذه الشخصية الملهمة، نقاط ضعفها وكيف حولتها لمصدر قوة، يندرج الكتاب ضمن كتب تنمية الذات والتي لا تجذبني أو تستهويني ولكن أسم أوبرا وينفري على الكتاب كان سبباً في اقتنائي له ولحسن حظي لم أخذل.

هذه صور لإقتباسات من الكتاب مما تيقنت به أوبرا بناء على طلب الإستاذة الرائعة نيرة 🌹

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205 reviews140 followers
March 12, 2017
Beautiful & inspiring.

"What I know for sure is that there is no strength without challenge, adversity, resistance, and often pain".

"Who could I have become if I had finally done the things I always wanted to do".

"The gift of deciding to face your mortality without turning away or flinching is the gift of recognizing that because you will die, you must live now".
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397 reviews213 followers
April 17, 2019
في البداية أحب أن أعترف أني غير متابع لعروض اوبرا وينفري ولا أخفيكم سراً أن انطباعي عنها كان غير جيد
لكن بقرائتي لكتابها هذا أحببت شخصيتها كثيرا
هذا الكتاب الذي يحتوي على فصول من سيرتها الذاتية
ذكرت فيها الحكم التى تعلمتها من تجاربها في الحياة و مسيرتها المهنية الطويلة

تعرفت على مدى عظمة هذه السيدة مدى بساطتها مدى صمودها في مواجهة الحياة
مدى صدقتها حتى في ذكر لحظات ضعفها و خوفها
ما تعرضت له من اغتصاب و حمل وهي في سن المراهقة
وما كان من لحظات ذل و قهر في علاقاتها الزوجية
وكيف خرجت من هذا كله بثبات و شجاعة لتصبح الشخص الذي تحب أن تكونه و تعيش الحياة ببساطتها و جمالها

كتاب ملهم بحق ... أنصح الجميع به
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1,424 reviews2,558 followers
January 1, 2023
Re-Read: January 17, 2020
When I say I re-read this book every year? Believe me. I absolutely love going back to Aunty Oprah's book for advice. I feel like every time I read this book something else jumps out at me that I can use for the entire year. I finally got this book in hardcopy so I can refer to it always. I highly recommend you read this book.

Re-Read: January 23, 2018
"What I know For Sure" is my comfort book. Whenever I feel like the world is spinning out of control I pick up this book and go to the solid advice of Oprah. Honestly, this book speaks to my soul which is why it is on my list of re-reads. Also, it is a great book to read at the start of the year.
It goes without saying, this is a must read.

Re-Read: January 26, 2017
Honestly, this books gets me every time. It offers sound, solid, well thought out advice that you can use at any stage of your life. It is a great reminder and help for the coming year and I will be putting a lot of these things into practice. Because, I want to be able to know 12 things for sure this year.

You ever read one of those books at a time in your life when you really needed to be reading those words? When everything in the book speaks to your being? When you are moved to tears because this book actually gets your life and what you are going through? When this book offers the key to where you want to be and how you will get there...That is how I felt while reading this book.

I felt like my entire world opened up while reading this book. While nothing "new" was really said, everything written resonated with me. But this all has to do with the place I am in my life and how I needed these words. So yes, thanks Oprah for being there when I really needed you, when it really counts....

I am going to go on a branch and say, this is a must read! It is the Alchemist, Four Agreements and A New Earth all rolled into one. This book is the kick in the ass that you need.
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Author 5 books191 followers
November 10, 2021
استمتعت جدًا بالكتاب كأني اشاهد اوبرا وهي تتحدث في حوار طويل.✨أسلوبه سهل للمبتدئين وبه الكثير من القصص الجديدة اللي لم أكن أعلمها عن حياتها.💜
من أجمل ��لأقتباسات التي لامست قلبي:
" One of the things I often ask God: please show me who I really am."
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851 reviews123 followers
February 10, 2017
A friend borrowed me a copy of this book; telling me I HAVE to read this; that it changed her thinking overnight.
So I obliged and read it. And man, it does change the way you think.
I will need my own copy, because this book will be highlighted and margin noted like none before.
It will be read and re-read ever so often.

You Become

I can't say I've ever been a fan of Oprah Winfrey. I'm not a TV person and though I know about her, I've never considered reading one of her book. This I realize now was a mistake.

What I Know for Sure is that if you need a bit of a lift in life read this book, you will find something in there that speak to you.

Give and Get Back
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1,211 reviews19.7k followers
February 13, 2018
I know this is something I will be referring to constantly. My holy grail, my own personal bible. I mean, it's Oprah. There's so much she has experienced of the world and she shares her lessons through this wonderful book.
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725 reviews508 followers
September 23, 2018
In this book, Oprah does her thing. I mean, what do you imagine, when you picture a book written by Oprah? Well, this is exactly it.

With chapters called Joy, Resilience, Gratitude, Awe and stuff like that, it's a blend of self-help, memoir and inspirational/spiritual stories with short chapters and highly quotable phrases. She's in her element.

I'm pretty sure a book like this written by any other author would piss me off. But when Oprah does it, it feels good to read it. Oprah's writings feel so maternal and kind, they turn your skepticism right off, for no reason I can name. It feels like a hot cocoa on a rainy day, like a hug to the soul.
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220 reviews306 followers
April 14, 2019
أخبريني ما الشيء الذي تعرفينه على وجه اليقين ؟

سؤال طرح على أوبرا قبل 21 عاما .. ذلك السؤال كان السبب بتوقف تسلسل أفكارها رغم ما تتعرض له
من شتى الأسئلة و على مر السنين

كانت بحاجة للتفكير وللكثير من الوقت ليصبح ذلك السؤال مرافقا لها على مر السنوات
الكتب جميل وصادق لأبعد الحدود .. عرفني أكثر على شخصية أوبرا وما عانته في حياتها
أيام الفرح وأيام الحزن وكيف تغلبت على كل الأمور الصعبة التي واجهتها .. ومن الأفكار المهمة جدا
كيف أن كل لحظة بالحياة تستحق أن نعيشها ونقدرها وأن الامتنان وشكر الله على نعمه من عاداتها

الشيء الذي أعرفه على وجه اليقين هو أن كل يوم يجلب لك فرصة لتأخذ نفسا عميقا وتخلع حذاءك ◾️
وتخرج وترقص .. فرصة لأن تعيش وأنت غير مثقل بالندم ويغمرك شعور هائل بالبهجة والمرح
.. والضحك

أعرف على وجه اليقين أنني لا أريد أن أعيش حياة مغلقة ..غير مبالية بما أشعر وبما أراه. أريد أن ◾️
يصبح كل يوم بداية جديدة

الشيء الذي أعرفه على وجه اليقين هو أن كل شيء يحدث لسبب ما ◾️

أعرف على وجه اليقين أنك إذا خصصت وقتا تشعر فيه ولو بقدر بسيط من الامتنان كل يوم ..فستندهش ◾️
من النتائج

أعرف على وجه اليقين أن ما نركز عليه هو ما أصبحنا عليه ◾️

الشيء الذي أعرفه على وجه اليقين هو أن وراء كل كارثة يوجد دروس عظيمة يجب تعلمها ◾️

أعرف على وجه اليقين أن ما أفكر فيه ما أقوله وما أفعله ..كل شيء سيعود إلي والأمر نفسه ينطبق ◾️
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Author 3 books240 followers
February 13, 2016
What I Know For Sure is like spring-cleaning for the soul. I listened to the audio version of this book - it was an extra treat to hear Oprah read it. I found myself bookmarking so many of her valuable life lessons and will likely listen to it again.
31 reviews1,074 followers
May 11, 2019
I bought this book at the airport while in England, I started reading it on my way back home. literary I could not put it down.

beautifully written, honest and pure description of different life events in Miss O life.
you can't but feel with the author through her life journey in this book.
I've always admired and loved Oprah Winfrey and I even fell more in love with her after reading this book.
despite it being already translated , every book has different translation, and I believe that my translation was different, and more relatable due to the great love and admiration I have to Miss O.
This is simply a must read book, a great gift , and a pleasure to read.
Truly recommend it .
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7 reviews1 follower
September 8, 2014
I'm not an Oprah fan, yet I found this book to be thoroughly humanizing. A great work of literature? No, but it's not meant to be. It is a deep cleansing breathe.
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166 reviews3 followers
May 29, 2018

3.5 stars

Oprah has some wonderful insights on life, love and everything in between (duh)
but it's undeniable that she speaks from a position of privilege and that not everyone is able to effect change in their lives the way she suggests.
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191 reviews26 followers
May 23, 2016
هرگز یک قسمت از برنامه ی اُپرا را ندیدم، و حتی یک پاراگراف از مجله اش را نخواندم ، ولی شناخت و شنیدن نام او در برنامه های تلویزیونی گوناگون اجتناب ناپذیرست .

او ، اگر درست خاطرم باشد، ثروتمندترین زن جهان است، اما از صفر شروع کرده، سختی های فراوان کشیده و کاملاً خودساخته ست.

اما برسیم به کتابی که در دست داشتم؛ با اطمینان می دانم که...
ترجمه ی روانی داشت و تنها تعداد محدودی ایراد تایپی نامحسوس مشاهده شد.

این کتاب با یک سوال پرسیده شده از اّپرا در برنامه ای تلویزیونی شروع شد: بهم بگو، چه چیزی را به طور قطعی می دانی؟؟ پاسخ به این سوال منتهی شد به، به اشتراک گذاشته شدن خاطرات، تجربیات، مشقات و لحظه های "آها" اّپرا وینفری تا سن 60 سالگی. او از همه چیز می نویسد؛ لذت، انطاف پذیری، ارتباط، شکرگذاری، احتمال، اعجاز، شفافیت و قدرت. در هر بخش به مسائل سخت تخمل شده در زندگی خود می پردازد و راه غلبه به آن ها را نیز به ما نشان می دهد، چاقی، تجربه سو استفاده جنسی در کودکی، بارداری ناخواسته در سن 14 سالگی، تجربه ی تبعیض نژادی و تمام دوران سخت وی در برنامه های تلویزیونی.

تازگی، شاید بهتر است بگویم بعد از خواندن این کتاب، بیش از پیش علاقمند به مطالعه تجریبات شده ام.

و در پایان : سه و نیم ستاره .

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547 reviews815 followers
June 4, 2020
جميل الكتاب وإن كان يغلب عليه النَفَس الإيجابي التفاؤلي الذي لا أحبّه في كتب التطوير الذاتي، لكن شعرت بصدق كاتبته "أوبرا" خصوصاً أنها لم تجمّل سيرتها فيه، ولم تتوارى خلف جمل برّاقة لتظهر نفسها بمظهر المقاوم العنيد.
حكت فيه عن أرباحها كما حكت فيه عن خسائرها، سواء على المستوى النفسي أو المادي.
الكتاب عبارة عن 8 فصول ومقدمة، كل فصل عن "موضوع" معيّن مثل ( البهجة ) و ( المرونة ) و ( الامتنان ) و ( الترابط ) و ( الاندهاش ).

أكثر فصل أعجبني كلّه، ولو قرأتُه فقط من أول الكتاب لكفاني هو فصل ( الوضوح ).

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Author 6 books6,021 followers
December 13, 2016
Inspiring, beautiful and easy to ready. Suitable for those who want to start their reading habit again. Simple yet truthful lessons. In the book I found the same values that I've been following, and the views and experiences which may seem a little bit strange to others are the ones that moved me deeply. For instance compassion is a way to find love, or you're the best mother, father, sibling, friend or lover of yourself.

Trời ơi đọc sách bản dịch thành ra không tìm được câu quote tiếng Anh chuẩn, nhưng ấn tượng nhất là 2 câu này: "Tình yêu đôi lứa không phải là thứ tình yêu duy nhất đáng để tìm kiếm." và "Bạn chính là người mẹ, người cha, người chị em, bạn bè, họ hàng và người tình tốt nhất mà bạn có thể có được trên đời". Quá hay và quá cần thiết cho mình lúc này, đang học cách yêu thương bản thân mình tốt nhất có thể.
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1,029 reviews374 followers
May 29, 2017
O Alto Valor da Simplicidade

Para espanto de muitos, Oprah Winfrey, que certamente terá acesso a tudo ou quase tudo que o dinheiro pode comprar, reserva as suas 5 estrelas para a Simplicidade:

Um pôr do sol na companhia de amigos

Um passeio com os cães a rebolar livremente pela relva

Ler um livro à sombra da sua árvore predilecta

Andar descalça pela relva acabada de aparar

São apenas alguns dos momentos que mais aprecia no seu dia a dia...

Uma leitura que nos leva a reavaliar a Vida!

Nota: A correspondente edição portuguesa intitula-se "As coisas que a Vida me ensinou"
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209 reviews24 followers
April 5, 2015
A pleasant read. Most of it I agreed with, some of it was hit and miss. Oprah did well to relate many of the stories back to herself but I had this feeling that it should have come with a warning that read "lessons for the upper-middle class female only". For instance, how is a lower class teenage boy going to take 20 minutes a day on his verandah overlooking Maui to 'connect with the oneness'?

Perhaps I am becoming cynical.
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524 reviews166 followers
October 3, 2018
Tagad skaidri zinu: daļa no šīs grāmatas ir pašapmierināts bla bla bla, daļa garīgi filozofisks bla bla bla, bet ir arī vietas, kas aizķēra un sniedza apdomāšanās vērtas atziņas tieši uz tiem jautājumiem, kas mani pašlaik nomoka. Opra ir ļoti daudz sasniegusi un daudz devusi citiem (pēc viņas vārdiem spriežot, es nesekoju līdzi šai slavenībai), tādā ziņā cepuri nost viņas priekšā.
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392 reviews335 followers
May 14, 2018
I so enjoyed this! I didn't want it to end! I loved reading these articles. it was so refreshing and inspiring.
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659 reviews127 followers
August 31, 2019
Bueno, este libro me tapó la boca.
No tenía demasiadas esperanzas de encontrar algo interesante, principalmente porque pertenece a dos géneros que muy pocas veces me gustan –autobiografía y autoayuda– pero me encontré sonriendo, pensando mucho con lo que dice, marcando frases como loca y hasta planeando conseguirlo en castellano para regalárselo a mi mamá.

Conocia a Oprah principalmente a traves de series u otros programas de televisión norteamericanos donde la nombraban –siempre como una voz de sabiduría– pero nunca habia visto lo que hacía, ni sabía realmente por qué consiguió tanto prestigio y, lo que es aun mas importante, amor y respeto.
Ahora se que Oprah es una mujer que ha vivido una vida realmente dura que una vez que empezó a ganar notoriedad decidió usar su cámara para ayudar y hacer caridad, ademas de difundir mensajes de bondad y aceptación. Lindo uso de la tele, para mi gusto.
En este libro nos cuenta en forma de autobiografía desordenada algunas de las tragedias que vivió y cómo fue saliendo adelante pese a todo. No se presenta como una super mujer que todo lo puede, sino que muestra un lado vulnerable y humano que la vuelve querible y hace que realmente pienses que es posible salir de los peores atolladeros.

What I know for sure  esta formado por muy breves capítulos que cubren de forma concisa, pero no por eso menos efectiva, distintos momentos de la vida de Oprah y el aprendizaje que fue haciendo, muchas veces a los golpes y tras repetir demasiado tiempo el mismo error.
Es un libro muy humano realmente. Ella no se sube al pedestal del gurú que viene a impartir su sabiduria o a convencerte de que sigas sus iluminadas enseñanzas, sino que nos habla en el tono casual de una amiga que nos da consejos basados en lo que aprendió a partir de su experiencia. Ya sólo eso la vuelve mucho mas accesible y cercana, y al menos para mi gusto, hizo que sea muchísimo más fácil (y que genuinamente quiera) escuchar lo que tiene para decir.
Quizas el estilo descontracturado que acompaña todo el libro se deba a que muchos de los mini capítulos están basados en articulos que escribió a lo largo de los años para su revista, y creo que es por ese tono semi casual que no se siente que un verdadero libro de autoayuda.

Éste es un libro muy positivo que hace énfasis en cosas positivas, aún cuando cuenta anécdotas tristes. Muestra con una luz de esperanza creible y razonable que es posible estar mejor. Me da la sensacion de que es un libro bienintencionado que básicamente te esta diciendo no te rindas. No busca engañarte con un mensaje de iluminación mística sino simplemente dice que, aunque cueste, se puede salir adelante. Y estoy completamente de acuerdo.
Hace mucho énfasis en bajar un cambio y no tomar decisiones precipitadas si algo no nos convence, pero al mismo tiempo impulsa a hacer esos cambios sanos que muchas veces nuestra vida necesita.
Pero lo que realmente me gustó es que ella no dice una fórmula mágica de cómo lograr una vida mejor, sino que invita a pensar, sincerarse y ver cómo se puede mejorar una situación poco deseable. Quizás parte de la clave, eso sí lo dice, es no dejar pasar las oportunidades de felicidad, tengan la forma que tengan, y en no dejar de apreciar esas pequeñas cosas que nos dan pequeñas alegrías.

¿Lo recomiendo? Definitivamente. No se exacto a qué tipo de gente, pero quizás si están sintiéndose perdidos o les parece que la vida los está golpeando demasiado puede que algunas de las cosas que Oprah sabe con seguiridad les pueda aportar un poco de esperanza.
Lo que sé con seguridad es que yo lo leí en el momento justo, lo devoré y me hizo sentir mejor conmigo misma después.
Me desconozco, este libro de autoayuda sí que me gustó.

«Delight in goodness, kindness, compassion, love and see what happens. I dare you.»

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174 reviews272 followers
February 8, 2020
UPDATE: I contemplated about Oprah's book after reading a review of it and I have come to realise that I can not relate to a lot of things she said. It was because of the initial feel-good feeling that I thought I liked it, but it is a mediocre book in terms of its self-help part. In fact, a lot of self-help books, I feel, must be the same and hence, I am steering myself clear from its path.
What can I say about What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey when it is dripping with perfection from all of its nooks and crannies? But I will have to say something about it, in a good way obviously, because I want people to read it. I want everybody to read it if they can read.

This book was recommended to me by my teacher whom I adore and whatever she recommends, I read it religiously. Till now, not a single book that she has recommended has had the opportunity to disappoint me. So, even though I was sceptical about picking up this book, thinking that I do not need a self-help book, I did and my goodness, what an absolutely amazing book this is!

What I Know For Sure is Oprah's way of telling the world what her life has taught her and what she knows for certain at the end of every day. Maya Angelou has had the responsibility of grooming her and she is one of those women I look upto (I need to read her remaining autobiographies soon). Life teaches us lessons sooner or later, but instead of learning it the hard way, Winfrey's experiences found a way to my heart and I am glad that I did not have to bear the unfortunate dearth of numbers in my lived experiences to learn everything that I did from this book. It does not happen often but I am in a serious lack of words to express myself. I just want you to know that this is a book that you will not regret reading. It has the potential to make us a better person and stand bravely in front of the rapidly changing world.
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