Book Review: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey // an inspiring book of life lessons


Title: What I Know for Sure

Author: Oprah Winfrey

Published: September 2, 2014

Pages: 228

Genre: Nonfiction, Self help

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Who hasn’t heard of Oprah?

If you’re anything like me, you may know of Oprah’s billionaire status, book club, and long-running talk show in which she once famously gifted cars to everyone in her audience.

Annnnd… that’s about it.

Until recently finishing her book, What I Know for Sure, I had never consumed any content Oprah-related. Reading a book by Oprah definitely feels like something a put together, middle-aged adult would do, although that’s definitely not what I am 😅. I’m a lost, confused, and (frankly) quite scared young adult, so that’s probably the biggest reason I picked up the book.

What I Know for Sure is a collection of essays and anecdotes containing life lessons Oprah believes as truths. These truths are her revelations that she believes can change people’s perspectives and increase fulfillment in life if lived by completely. While some of the things that Oprah knows for sure aren’t groundbreaking (like the good ol’ golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto to), the stories the lessons are paired with are inspiring and motivating reminders to live intentionally (another major theme of the book).

Still, I found myself highlighting quotes and paragraphs that resonated with me for one reason or another… and when you’re a second semester, university senior about to face the “real world”, you’ll treasure any wisdom remotely relatable to your current struggle).

A few lessons I took away from the book were:

“…a lack of intimacy is not distance from someone else; it is disregard for yourself.”

“The truth is that the naysayers in your life can never be fully satisfied.”


“Gratitude is essential for happiness.”

The last quote was actually from a whole section of the book dedicated to what Oprah knows about gratitude and how it enhances our lives. In this part of the book, Oprah detailed her experience with journaling her daily gratitudes at night—a practice that humbles her and allows her to keep perspective on life. I’ve heard of people doing this before [keeping gratitude journals] but never had the right motivation to start my own until now.

I guess I can say that I’m grateful for this book for teaching me why such a ritual matters *knee slap*.
I sincerely apologize that this review is so cheesy.

This book offered insight on Oprah’s difficult upbringing and is an inspiring source of truths that have prevailed in her life despite her past hardships. There’s sure to be something that clicks with any reader who feels a bit jostled by life at the moment in this short but sweet read.


i really liked it

Thanks for reading this quick review! Have you read this book before? Would you want to if you haven’t? Let me know your thoughts below 😊.

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