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Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life---and Can Save Yours

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  144 reviews
“I need help.”

Those three words saved Grammy Award–winning singer Michelle Williams’s life. After decades of sweeping her anxiety and depression under the rug—even during her years in the spotlight with Destiny’s Child—Michelle found herself planning her own funeral. Realizing that she needed immediate help and could no longer battle her anxiety and depression alone, she
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Thomas Nelson
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Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I usually first think of Michelle Williams as part of Destiny’s Child, which of course she was, but she’s also much more than that. Sidenote: I am still obsessed with the surprise DC reunion during Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show — my favorite one!

Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours is Michelle’s memoir about her struggle and challenges with depression, which she hid for years. It took her a long time to reach out for help and acknowledge why
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love that she told her story. I think there were many takeaways that most people can use in their life.
Jay DeMoir
Jun 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
in this season of my life, I'm battling depression and this book was so incredbly helpful. Michelle was so transparent and vulnerable and this book held some gems. I loved it. I even shed a few tears while reflecting. ...more
So many gems in this book.

On unexpected and unwanted change: “Sometimes God takes away the plan of man because He wants all the glory. He wants to do it for us and in us. He wants us to make no mistake about where our help came from. He wants us to come to Him.”

On not using mental illness as a crutch: “We all have a personal responsibility to make choices to protect what we value.”

On Forgiveness: “There’s a difference between reconciliation and restoration. Reconciliation is when you both offer
Shannan Harper
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in the Church, it's always been tabu to talk about having mental Issues. Michelle Williams knows that all too well. Whether you're a Grammy winning artist or not, mental issues is no respect to anyone. I myself have been dealing with depression for almost 30 years, and there were a lot of tips that are going to help me once i implement them. She was vulnerable and transparent and gives a lot of wisdom and helpful tips throughout this book.

I received a copy of the book via NetGalley a
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I’ve always loved Michelle Williams and have never understood the mockery and hatred she receives online. She seems like a total sweetheart. Anyway, this was fantastic. It hit me really hard at certain parts because I related a lot. This is well written, engaging and extremely honest and full of hope. I am religious so I loved how she used Bible quotes and her Christianity to guide her through but she also is a big advocate for therapy. This was wonderful and I would highly recommend it ...more
Sara Strand
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I'm not even a particularly religious person, so that tie in wasn't relevant for me, BUT- she brings up so many great points its still a worthwhile read. It's a fast read and it feels like you're having coffee with her and just a conversation about depression. As you do, you know? I really loved this one and it left me with some things to think about.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishing for having me on this tour.
Actual Rating: 4.5

In Checking In Michelle Williams shares the importance of checking in with yourself, your friends, community, and God. This book made me question a lot of things
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
honest and inspiring.
Natalie Odom Pough
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Michelle has already given so much of herself to the public and her fans. Yet, as you read her book, you feel so much closer to her. She taps into why we all need to focus on ourselves, hear ourselves, and stay uplifted. Michelle's authenticity has always made her shine and it is no different in this book. If you are looking for light... it's in this book. ...more
Deidra Rice
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely 💯Amazing 👏This book blessed my soul💫💞
I feel she could've gone deeper. But I am just grateful a public figure openly shared about her individual struggles with her mental health. Hoping this contributes to normalizing our conversations about depression, healing traumas and proactive self-care. ...more
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved her openness and vulnerability in drawing upon a range of interventions - faith, psychology, psychiatry, community - in her pursuit of mental health.
Jul 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Heavy on faith, prayer, and Bible quotes, light on professional help and medication. But having a public figure speak about their struggle with depression is a plus.
Mary Sisney
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
If asked to pick which Destiny’s Child group member was least like me, I would have picked the seemingly serious, somewhat dull Michelle. I especially thought we had little in common after she showed up as the butterfly on “The Masked Singer” (I would have been a tiger or maybe a witch) and revealed she’d had some emotional problems. I bought this book because I hoped Michelle would share some behind-the-scenes gossip of her breakup with her fiancé, her relationships with the seemingly more flam ...more
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received and Advanced Readers copy of this book, but was not asked to leave a review. This review may contain spoilers.

I have always been a fan of Destiny's Child, and specifically Ms. Williams, her story, and her music, so I did go into reading this book with a bit of a bias :-).

However, after reading it I must say the book really spoke to me and offered me a space to ask myself some challenging questions and self-reflect, check-in.

What I enjoyed most about the book was Ms. Williams style of
“Regardless of what it cost me to check in, I had come to realize it was a bargain compared to checking out, to being swallowed up by the depression that constantly looked in the backdrop of my life.”

You better preach Michelle! 🙌🏾

If there is one book I’m most grateful for this year… this is ittt! This book was…MEDICINAL. IMPACTFUL. NECESSARY. FOOD AND FUEL FOR MY SOUL. Perfect for my Jesus loving soul.

I first read this book back in July after winning a giveaway (thanks @shejustlovesbooks), and
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
“Hey God! Remember me? How long do you plan on ignoring me? Are you thinking forever? Because I’m straight-up wrestling with my own thoughts over here, and I could really use your help!” Psalm 13, MWV (Michelle Williams Version) “Even though I sang songs with the word bootylicious in them, I still loved the Lord.” Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams emerges “like a golden butterfly forged from a cocoon of fiery trials and tribulations," and Checking In gives the world a point of reference for al ...more
Zibby Owens
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Checking in is the central theme of this book. For so long, the author felt she had checked out. This book stresses the importance of checking in with God, with yourself, with others, and with your community. It talks about how recentering is essential, especially when she was caught up in depression mixed with fame as a toxic combination. The author realized that these are the things that she needed to do most. This book gives practical wisdom you can use to be sure and stay checked into your l ...more
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I appreciated getting to know Michelle better through this book. I trusted her as a narrator and believed she was being honest the majority of the time which for books like this that was important. Most of the experiences in the book were focused on the years 2018-2020 and though she gave lots of examples of experiences from her childhood, and even her time with Destiny’s Child, I personally was interested in understanding the way the depression manifested itself when she was younger. Sometimes ...more
Catarina Paige Jae
Mar 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle Williams wrote about the intertwining of her life and her mental health, and presented a story that gave me a beginning, middle, and end. She narrated a beautiful journey, and I learned more about her.

I would recommend this audiobook to others. Michelle also has a great narrating voice!
Brandon Ruiz-Peña
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of how real depression and anxiety are. Michelle dives deep into her personal battle with mental illness. She reveals truths that to the average person would be hard to tell one person, let alone millions. Her words are honest and her journey relatable no matter ones race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or age. The message of “Checking In” is one that can easily resonate and be applied to ones journey when the dark clouds of depression, fear, anxiety roll in.
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“It takes practice to release the hold we have on our stress and anxiety. But God wants us to. He wants us to because he loves us. Because he cares.” - Michelle Williams

Checking In is a book that debuted right on time with May being Mental Health Awareness Month. In true Michelle fashion, she is candid and brutally honest with her mental health journey. I expected to read about her journey with battling mental health and being in the spot light. What I was not expecting was how detailed she was
Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life---and Can Save Yours Too

I Picked Up This Book Because: I can’t resist a celebrity book

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Library
Dates Read: 6/15/21 - 6/17/21
Stars: 3 Stars
Nov 14, 2021 rated it really liked it

This book was a quick read and was written by Michelle Williams. I came away from reading this memoir thinking how brutally honest Michelle is about her ups and downs in life. Her real name she tells us in the very beginning is Tenitra. Michelle is her middle name. This Grammy award singer wrote this book with the intent of helping others who have suffered from depression and anxiety. I never kn
I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Michelle Williams is probably most notably recognized for being a part of Destiny's Child. I've been a neutral fan of hers since I was a kid--I was never a huge Destiny's Child fan, but I enjoyed their music when it'd play on the radio. I've heard some of Michelle's solo work, but I've mainly followed her thoughts on life and her faith throughout the years. I alway
Book Reviews by Tara aka Queen of Memoirs
I just finished reading 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐧: 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐆𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐌𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞-𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 by Michelle Williams and let me tell y’all I really enjoyed this book.

First of all, it felt so good to hold an actual book in my hands. The past few books I’ve read were ebooks. I didn’t realize how much I missed a physical book until I held this one. Actually the publisher gave me the eARC for this book. So, I had the option to read the digital copy before it was published. But I didn’t want
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn't quite know what we readers would be getting here, but let me tell you! This book gave what it was supposed to gave! Michelle is honest, without telling all her and her folks' business, while doing her part to advocate for mental health awareness.

Checking In pleasantly surprised me. Ms. Williams was a guest on my sorority's program about mental health awareness right before the book was released. I decided to register to drop in for a few and hear her. You know, see what was what. She w
Living My Best Book Life
Checking Is an honest and vulnerable self-help book that shines a light on mental health. Michelle Williams shared her experiences with anxiety and depression that will ultimately have the opportunity to help others including myself with their own struggles.

I am and will always be a fan of Destiny's Child so I was eager to read about Michelle's life. I liked that she gives readers a backstory into her life. It helps us understand how she grew up and how she grew into the person that she is today
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying I am a huge Destiny's Child fan and I've long thought Michelle to be underrated and frankly, treated very unfairly. We've all seen the memes and the 'Beyonce, Kelly and the other one' references. She is a fantastic talent and I believe any true DC fan will know that. I was aware of her struggles as I follow her closely on social media and so was so happy to receive this copy of her book to review.

She is very honest throughout and so damn funny! I really laughed out loud seve
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