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  • The Light We Carry

  • Overcoming in Uncertain Times
  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (830 ratings)

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Summary

The powerful, inspiring follow-up to the critically acclaimed, multi-million #1 bestselling memoir Becoming.

In The Light We Carry, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today's highly uncertain world.

She considers 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 do we do when it all starts to feel like too much? Michelle Obama believes that we can all lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux.

The Light We Carry offers listeners 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 overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to "become".

With trademark humour, candour, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging listeners to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness. The Light We Carry will inspire listeners to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

©2022 Michelle Obama (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Another outstanding book!

A gifted writer who is authentic and generous in sharing her wisdom and life experiences. Enjoyable read that offers an uplifting insight into the life of a remarkable woman

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What a place she will have in US history.

I found this a very inspiring book. It is read beautifully and she writes with. such wisdom and understanding. I would thoroughly recommend it .

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Great wisdom and depth

I appreciated the honesty with which Michelle O writes. Brings a lot of wisdom and depth to her sharing. I identify with a lot of it especially about parenting and long marriage! Chuckled a lot! The message I got out of it is that slogans are not enough - we have to act, and with integrity, if we’re going to see change. Oh and it’s not quick - but not long. Hard work but well worth it. Onwards and upwards. Invigorating!

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So worth while Reading

I have recommended this book to my friend as it is so worth reading or listening to. While you enjoy you are learning and working with what Michelle says. In fact I listened to it twice and still enjoyed the whole book. Michelle has so much to give us and inspire and what she has to say is so relevant- a relevance I can’t imagine fading any time soon.

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This book is amazing 🤭

I really loved it so much, it is exactly what I've been waiting for, highly recommended 🤭

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Patronising

I absolutely loved Becoming, but this book is lame.
It's partly a re-hash of Becoming with a load of weak anecdotes.
I can't bear to finish it so maybe it will get better but I don't want to risk wasting my time finding out.

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Brilliant book

Very timely! Love Michelle, really valuable book recommended for all over thinkers, really helpful tips and great reflections

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Underwhelming

The story dragged in so many places. There are pockets of it that is great but otherwise the monotonous tone that the book is read in and just the underwhelming anecdotes makes for a really disappointing read/listen. I really tried to like this book but struggled. I prefer the first book, use your credit on another book.

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Interesting and thought provoking

Michelle’s explanation of how it is to be made to feel that you don’t deserve what you have got brought into sharp focus by the news cycle this week.

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The intelligence and compassion

I have this as one of my GO TO listens as she is so clever and kind and wise - she reminds me to be better.

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  • 14-11-23

Just delightful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was like listening to a wise friend. Just delightful.

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  • 10-11-23

A wonderful book

It was so enlightening. The little nuggets on life and how to navigate situations were profound. I enjoyed everything about the book.

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  • 25-04-23

A must read

Timelessly wise, steady and needed. A very timely and pragmatic light in the present pessimism of the world.

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  • 20-02-23

Grounding, motivating and inspiring

I love her calming voice. The honesty and sincerity with which she speaks is so captivating!

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  • 13-02-23

Really Great

Loved it. Definitely worth the listen. Michelle has a lot of wisdom in her words.

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  • @mtshaw
  • 01-02-23

Great and inspiring book

Love her answer to whether we still go high! Living your values is celebrated in this book

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  • 11-01-23

Great read!

Loved it. Wise, relatable, such a 'real' woman! Will recommend to all my friends!

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  • Berna Hancke-Coles
  • 20-12-22

What a sequel!

Having these books in my library makes me feel like I have the world’s best cheerleader on standby 💞 also always fascinating to hear behind the scenes details from big moments. I can’t wait for the third one!

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  • Sarisha
  • 13-12-22

Inspiring and uplifting

I felt like I was listening to my best friend sharing her advice about life. This book was an absolute treat, I loved every moment.

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  • J.E.Joyce
  • 26-11-22

Gotta love her

Part memoir, part philosophy, part gorgeousness… easy inspiring listening… easy on the ears.
This woman rocks.

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