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What I Know for Sure

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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 Harvar ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Flatiron Books
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Penny If you learn some of these thoughts, about prioritizing what it means to live a thoughtful/mindful life, while you are younger--- your life will be on…moreIf you learn some of these thoughts, about prioritizing what it means to live a thoughtful/mindful life, while you are younger--- your life will be on track and rich. There is nothing inappropriate... you just may not relate to all of it through lack of experiences, but it will give you some wonderful thoughts about life. Enjoy!(less)

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Sep 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 w ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
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,
Darth J
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Now I’m not one to kneel before the shrine of Oprah (view spoiler), nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years. (view spoiler) but I do find her to be genuine and mostly filled with goo
Elyse  Walters
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Ammara Abid
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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".
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
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
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-of-colour
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. ...more
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
Liz Lazarus
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 b
Annamarie Francois
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. ...more
Aya Abassi
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it

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.
Reem Ghabbany
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed this! I didn't want it to end! I loved reading these articles. it was so refreshing and inspiring. ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This small book is a compendium of truths that Oprah has learned from her own experiences. There were many sections I want to save and reread but I think the last entry sums up everything she wrote about earlier. Happiness is never something you get from other people. You lead life; it doesn't lead you. Be loving to yourself and others and see that love reciprocated. Today I try to do well and be well with everyone I encounter. Everything will be returned to me and the same is true for you.
Rosie Nguyễn
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.

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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.
Amal Bedhyefi
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
From October 24th through October 25th, I won free tickets to be of Oprah's "Life That You Want" Weekend. It was a two day seminar featuring Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, and Iyanla Vanzant and it utterly life changing. I cannot even begin to describe how they helped refueled passion into my life and gave me the set of tools to how to figure out what I need to do in my life and how to find inner peace and happiness within myself. I truly needed that motivational speech and a ...more
SaRa Hajj
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I give 4 stars because I expected more from Oprah, but this is a GREAT one trust me!
Very simple, and plenty with inspiring and motivational quotes. You can Open any chapter randomly and read it easily in 5 minutes and you will feel great afterward.
What a wise and strong woman is she! And for sure all this strength and wisdom did not come out of the blue! She is a reader, she is spiritual, she knows how to discover her strengths and weaknesses, and she admits her mistakes and try never to repeat
Nada Majdy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great life lessons from the queen Oprah.
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”Books, for me, used to be a way to escape. I now consider reading a good book a sacred indulgence, a chance to be any place I choose. It is my absolute favorite way to spend time. What I know for sure is that reading opens you up. It exposes you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold. What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.” One of the quotes I ❤️ Hmmmm I wonder why 🤔 ...(hint) books 🤣🤣🙈

This 📚 had so many 💎 I wanted to hig
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
While this may be targeted for women, there are inspirations that benefit men too. 6 of 10 stars
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm from Chicago, and in Chicago you pay attention to Oprah. In fact I think that's a law in the city. Oprah controlled the local television airwaves in the pre-HD era, and you heard her voice all over the place. In the audiobook for "What I Know for Sure", Oprah narrates, and that was a golden decision. Here you get Oprah's occasional sing-song phrasing that, well, if it didn't make her famous, it came along with her fame. That trademark is used throughout the book. The book is like a summary o ...more
What I know for sure is that Oprah Winfrey is such an inspiration and an amazing teacher of truth and spirit. I know that she has opened up my heart, mind, soul and spirit for many years and I constantly seek her wisdom when I'm self-doubting or not being authentic. She really says the right things when you need it said the most and it all makes sense. This is what I know for sure.

This is a great book of insight and inspiration, and I highly recommend it to those who seek more than what their e
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really?! I must be too cynical.
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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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