The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama (Review)

Format Read: Harback/Audiobook

Source: Library/Audible

Publisher: Viking

Genres: Memoir, Biography, Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 15th November 2022

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?

Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles–the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

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My Thoughts

After reading and enjoying Becoming back in 2019 I was excited to pick this one up. When I first started reading this I was a little worried I wouldn’t enjoy it as it felt like a self-help book but once I started to get into more it turned out to be an interesting read.

It was nice to read more about Michelle Obama’s family background as well as how she coped and overcame issues that arose. As well as learning more about herself and her family I felt it even answered a couple of questions I was left with after reading Becoming.

This is a well written and although a little repetitive with details in places (if you’ve read the Becoming), it is a very inspirational and motivational read that I really enjoyed.

This is a quick and easy read that you can easily dip in and out of very easily, however, if you’re like me you will just want to read it from start to finish.

I listened to the audiobook while following along physically and I’m so glad I did as I enjoyed listening to Michelle Obama’s calm and soothing voice.

If you’re planning to pick to this up I highly recommend the audiobook.

My Rating


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