What I Know for Sure

What I Know for Sure

Book - 2014
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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.
 
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250054050
1250054052
Characteristics: x, 228 p. ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: O, the Oprah magazine.

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Butterfly121761
Oct 13, 2017

Needed a filler read and this was a good one to fit that bill! In the entire book there were really only a handful I found really enlightening. But I was thrilled that the one I remember reading back when it was first published was in here and I would like to share it because it is such a profound and powerful message:
"Marianne Williamson once said that our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. The truth is that the naysayers in your life—those who seek to pull you down every time you exceed their expectations for you—can never be fully satisfied. Whether you hide or shine, they'll always feel threatened because they don't believe they are enough. Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design. What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up."

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thiyana_f
Sep 21, 2017

Great Read! I never understood the hype when it came to Oprah Winfrey.

I understood she was a talk show host that had the best intentions for others.
After reading this book I fell in love with Oprah.
I truly understand why Oprah is such a great role-model.
Personally, I have learned a lot more about life itself after reading this book.
I have even decided to buy a copy to add to my personal bookshelf.

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darcyhudjik
Jan 06, 2017

A wonderful book of anecdotal wisdom and experiences by Oprah Winfrey.

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modestgoddess
Jun 25, 2016

I couldn't get through quite all of this, and now I'm writing about it I find I really don't remember much of it...? A bit too simplistic and at the same time self-aggrandizing, as I recall.

LaughingOne Dec 24, 2014

Many bits of wisdom here, written in clear language that feels like it's directly from Oprah's heart. Some resonated with me more than others, and those would likely change over time as what I need to hear changes.

ksoles Sep 19, 2014

Whether through her 25-year talk show, her book club, her magazine or her TV network, everybody knows the name Oprah. And most associate the name with generosity of spirit and life lessons. Indeed, her new book compiles previously published columns of O Magazine from the section called "What I Know For Sure" and covers everything from reflecting on an inspiring poem to reliving painful adolescent memories.

In 1998, film critic Gene Siskel asked Oprah "what she knew for sure," a question that left her speechless and became a driving force in her life. Throughout the book, Oprah displays her unique way of both turning seemingly minor events into "aha" moments and relating her core values to provide daily affirmation. Far from generic positive mantras, the lessons she offers can apply to anyone from any walk of life; she does not propose the revolutionary but reminds us of the things we take for granted. Finally, snippets of Oprah's conversations with figures like Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Maya Angelou enhance the collection.

Ultimately, Oprah succeeds in conveying her creed: "What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what."

aisha65 Sep 12, 2014

Very enjoyable book

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