What I Know for Sure
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.

What I Know for Sure Details

TitleWhat I Know for Sure
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 2nd, 2014
PublisherFlatiron Books
ISBN-139781250054050
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Audiobook, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

What I Know for Sure Review

  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Darth J
    January 1, 1970
    Now I’m not one to kneel before the shrine of Oprah (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)], nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years. (view spoiler)[In fact, I distinctly remember the first episode of hers I ever watched was in a high school psych class and for some reason the episode was about poop, which my teacher made us watch only to see the looks on our faces (yes, I almost accidentally typed “feces”). (hide spoiler)] but I do find her to be genuine and mostly filled with good Now I’m not one to kneel before the shrine of Oprah (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)], nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years. (view spoiler)[In fact, I distinctly remember the first episode of hers I ever watched was in a high school psych class and for some reason the episode was about poop, which my teacher made us watch only to see the looks on our faces (yes, I almost accidentally typed “feces”). (hide spoiler)] 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:JOYREILIENCECONNECTIONGRATITUDEPOSSIBILITYAWECLAIRTYand POWERAlthough 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. (view spoiler)[ Now check beneath your seats 'cause we've provided copies for the whoooooole auuuuudiennnnnnnnnnnnnce! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    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, r 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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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    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 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." - OprahAs 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." - OprahThere'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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  • Ammara Abid
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    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.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. 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.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.
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Reem Alkhalaf
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 🌹 upload pic3.5/5🌟
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  • WhatIReallyRead
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Liz Lazarus
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mehrzad M.
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Annamarie Francois
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Reem Ghabbany
    January 1, 1970
    I so enjoyed this! I didn't want it to end! I loved reading these articles. it was so refreshing and inspiring.
  • Zaira Sadè
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Maria Espadinha
    January 1, 1970
    O Alto Valor da SimplicidadePara 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 amigosUm passeio com os cães a rebolar livremente pela relvaLer um livro à sombra da sua árvore predilectaAndar descalça pela relva acabada de apararSão apenas alguns dos momentos que mais aprecia no seu dia a dia...Uma leitura que nos leva a reavaliar a Vida!Nota: A corresponde O Alto Valor da SimplicidadePara 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 amigosUm passeio com os cães a rebolar livremente pela relvaLer um livro à sombra da sua árvore predilectaAndar descalça pela relva acabada de apararSão 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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  • Runwright
    January 1, 1970
    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. What 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. What I Know For Sure would make a great gift for a young person trying to figure out their way in the world.
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  • Tonkica
    January 1, 1970
    Osoba dosljedna sebe... Vrijedi ju "poslusati".
  • Lau
    January 1, 1970
    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.Epa.Conocia a Oprah principalmente a traves de series u otros programas de televisión norteamericanos donde la nombraban –siempre como una voz 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.Epa.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.» Reseña de Fantasía Mágica
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  • Rosie Nguyễn
    January 1, 1970
    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 chuẩ 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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  • Kells Next Read
    January 1, 1970
    ”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 high ”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 highlight the whole thing. I should have expected nothing less from Oprah. For me the things that she shared are truths I am aquatinted with and practice in varying degrees in my own life. I love how simple but potently, Oprah translates what she has learn in these pages. Actual Ratings: 4.5
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 as I was getting closer to the ending of the event, I decided to pick up three books including this particular book. I've heard for a few months that this book was out already and I figured that I would somehow get it and thank God that I waited to purchase this book!Before I begin talking about this book, I have to say that this is not a memoir of personal information about Oprah. What she did is in her O Magazine, she does this column called "What I Know For Sure", and in that column she gives insight about topics that she knows for sure is accurate and can impact your life. It can range anywhere from Love, and Courage to Power and Faith. So she got those columns and made them into chapters or individual topics. I can see the major confusion as to why people bought this book and wanted to showcase that clarity.I admire Oprah, for who she is, what she believes, and in many ways I find that we share the same beliefs when it comes to Love, God, and the Soul. Obviously she has lived longer than me and has more wisdom, and it is fascinated to find someone who I can relate to in terms of how to become a better person. She took me on an adventure and revealed inner truths about the world or people and it opened up major discussions that can definitely benefit my life.Whether you are an obsessed Oprah fanatic or someone who wants to self improve themselves, this is definitely the book that you should consider reading. I felt as though this book could be a daily insight to enlighten yourself. One of my favorite quotes from this book is Oprah's own mantra when it comes to living her life and following her dreams. "A transformation of consciousness that allows me to know that I am no better or worst than any other being. That I simply am." Overall it is going to be a book that I will keep for the rest of life and will most likely be reading it repeated to learn new messages and ideas when it comes to my life. I really suggest for many to get the audiobook because Oprah narrates the book and I can guarantee that will have more impact to this book. There is not enough words in the world to describe how much I enjoyed this book and how grateful I am to have this in my private collection. Thank you Oprah for everything that you do for the world and making it a better place!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in one hell of a reading slump. I didn't read a single book in February. Life is getting complicated. Motivation to read is scarce right now. So I figured it would be smarter to just get an audiobook to listen to while I commute to and from work. You know, something different while I endeavor through the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice.Oprah’s voice is incredibly soothing to me. It’s no secret amongst my friends that I love this woman and that I think she is amazing. As such, I love listeni I'm in one hell of a reading slump. I didn't read a single book in February. Life is getting complicated. Motivation to read is scarce right now. So I figured it would be smarter to just get an audiobook to listen to while I commute to and from work. You know, something different while I endeavor through the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice.Oprah’s voice is incredibly soothing to me. It’s no secret amongst my friends that I love this woman and that I think she is amazing. As such, I love listening to her tell stories of her life and speak about the struggles she goes through. It made me feel less alone, like I was listening to an old friend.Sure, there are times where she might come off as preachy but most of the time you feel this incredible peace and you’re overtaken by the need to be a better you. To forgive. To get a gratitude journal and actually write in it. To value yourself. To know that you need to take care of yourself and that you shouldn’t apologize for that. Sometimes you need to be reminded of these things.
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  • Sylvia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 ego only wants.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Jenny (adultishbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished this audiobook in a day. I want Oprah to read everything to me.I found this to be light but profoundly thought-provoking. Highly recommend if you love Mother Oprah.
  • Shweta
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, thoughtful, wise.
  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 of the kinds of guests she's had on over the last few years of her show, since she decided to no longer take the Maury Povich approach to humiliate your guests and go with only uplifting, soulful stories. Lots of Eckhart Tolle references and the like show up. There really isn't anything new here. A typical pearl of wisdom, probably covering a page or two, is to realize your time is your own, and you don't have to answer your phone when it rings! So if you call Oprah, expect to get her machine. I also found other examples where Oprah puts her spin on some wisdom to be typical Oprah. She relates the story of flying in her private jet to her mountainside home on Hawaii, which she just loves, when the jet windshield cracks, requiring dangerous, oxygen mask-dropping maneuvers turning back to the mainland. Oprah's first concern - her dogs, on the plane, and if they have masks. Unfortunately, I forget the topic of that story. I think it was that everything has its own time, but I could be wrong. And of course she talks about Gail and their cross country drive. And her weight. And she includes a few stories that stand out because of the harrowing description -- one was on passengers burning to death in a plane crash (not the plane mentioned above). Oprah comes across as a good rich aunt who is a little wacky. So my recommendation - if you're from Chicago, get the audiobook and listen when stressed. That familiar voice should calm you down. Otherwise, if you like Oprah on TV, this is more of the same, but without guests. And for my Mom, who already told me she wanted to read this, please don't, I want you to answer the phone when I call.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this book on audio because I wanted Oprah's voice in my head to cement the lessons she imparts. It was one of my better ideas. I'll be returning to this wisdom often. Sure, it's everything you've heard before if you're a fan of Oprah, but the advice she offers can't be heard too many times for those of us working to lead a fulfilling life.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    While this may be targeted for women, there are inspirations that benefit men too. 6 of 10 stars
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