What I Know For Sure

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 Harvar...

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Title:What I Know For Sure
Author:Oprah Winfrey
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ISBN:1250054052
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:228 pages

What I Know For Sure Reviews

  • Melody
    Sep 01, 2014

    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." - Oprah

    As 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." - Oprah

    There'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?

  • Danielle
    Sep 02, 2014

    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.

  • Annamarie Francois
    Sep 07, 2014

    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.

  • Nikki
    Sep 10, 2014

    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.

  • Petra
    Dec 03, 2014

    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;

    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;

    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.

    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;

    And at times you feel like she totally gets you;

    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.

  • Darth J
    Feb 12, 2015

    Now I’m not one to kneel before the shrine of Oprah

    , nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years.

    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

    , nor have I really watched her very much throughout the years.

    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

    . It is broken up into little vignettes of her accumulated wisdom throughout the years and placed into the following categories:

    JOY

    REILIENCE

    CONNECTION

    GRATITUDE

    POSSIBILITY

    AWE

    CLAIRTY

    and POWER

    Although 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

    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.

    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.

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  • Liz Lazarus
    Jan 10, 2016

    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.

  • Mehrzad M.
    May 06, 2016

    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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  • Marnie  Krüger
    Dec 22, 2016

    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

    . 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

    . 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.

  • Runwright
    Dec 28, 2016

    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.