What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey


When once asked “What do you know for sure?” Oprah realized she really had no answer to that question.  She then set out to know that answer.  In short snippets of her life and lessons she has learned, Oprah now shares what she knows for sure.  Themes under such topics as:  joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power, Oprah shares her years from growing up as a poor young girl in Mississippi and the challenges of that time, to where she is now, in a completely different place and the challenges of this time.



I am not a big “Oprah” person.  I do not believe I have ever watched her show, although I obviously know of it.  I have seen a few movies she has been in, and of course have heard of her good doings for others.  That is probably where my interest lies.  I knew of Oprah’s history of generosity, and I was curious what sort of things she would say in a book titles as this one is.  So I dug in.


As mentioned in the synopsis, the book is in little snippets of wisdom.  Wisdom she picked up as a child and dealing with sexual abuse, wisdom she learned as a teen and allowing men to treat her poorly – not physically, but learning about mental abuse as well.  And so on through her life to now, and how to know your own self-worth is not found in the eyes of others – but in yourself.

The book is short and in audio, just a little over 3 hours and Oprah narrates the audio herself.  While it was a sweet listen on one women’s wisdom through the years, I have to say that listening to this I found some of Oprah’s narration to be a bit over enthusiastic – and yes, I hate that I just wrote that.  It is hard to explain, and someone else may listen to the audio and find it delightful how she changed her voice for different situations, or takes on a thick southern drawl when she talks about the foods she loves but to me it broke the flow of the listen.

Again… just me.

Over all, I did find the book enjoyable.  She offered up facts that I know in my heart, but sometimes it is just nice to be reminded.  I think Oprah fans will really enjoy this insight into her life.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: September 2, 2014