Audie Aware, Personal Development, 2015
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 14 years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), 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. Throughout it all, she's continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know for Sure, a beautiful book 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 and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know for Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that listeners will turn to again and again.
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Overall, I liked this book
While listening to the first few chapters, I wasn't quite sure of the direction of the book as I had not read the articles that were the basis of the book. As I continued to listen, I found the anecdotes interesting as I gained insight into what makes Oprah Winfrey who she is. If I can read/listen to a book and gain a few insights about myself, I consider it time well spent. I gave four stars because of the format and the references to a controversial figure such as Jesse Jackson which I felt detracted from the messages in the book.
This one takes the cake
I've listened to countless Self-Development books, and biographies, and I have to say- this one is by far one of my favourites. We listened to it on a road-trip and hardly spoke for four hours. My husband was NOT an Oprah fan ( I never got it), and now? He went and bought the book for everyone's Christmas stockings, seriously, he tried to get tickets to her San Jose event. Entertaining, moving, bang on, enlightening, and I could go on and on, absolutely LOVED it. Also, it's narrated by Oprah, so it feels kinda like home.