‘Say my name, Say my name’ is the refrain from one of my favorite Destiny’s Child songs. And reading a book by a member of the hottest girl-group of my era, I didn’t expect that one of the first revelations would be that I don’t even know Michelle Williams’ real name. But Checking In is not the tell-all memoir of a celebrity hoping to get her name back on the front page. Instead, Williams reflects on her accomplishments to show that even someone as famous as she became, could be broken, and by sharing how she was made whole again, maybe helping her readers or by extension, helping someone they love, be renewed also.
Checking In is an intimate conversation with Michelle Williams, as she describes her own mental health struggles and invites readers to share the wealth of her experiences and perform 3 regular check-in’s – with God, with yourself and with your community.
The writing is fresh and honest as she describes her successes and her struggles with the highs and lows that make her story engaging and intriguing because you won’t be sure what comes next. She describes the fears that chipped away at her strength and sense of self along the way, the little ways she gave up instead of fighting for herself and in identifying these, she makes herself a champion for those who may still be in the way of compromise and need a hero to fix their gaze on as they make their way out of the darkness.
Williams and her story are light. The lessons in Checking In makes Michelle even more of a role model than she ever was as a singer. Because only some of us have musical ability but all of us have the capacity to check in of ourselves and for the ones we love.
Read this book to understand how a successful public figure could still face mental health struggles. Read this book if you’ve had similar experiences and want the reassurance that you’re not alone and that there is help available. Read this book if you want to know how to help someone else.
Acclaimed musical artist Michelle Williams shares the intimate, never-before-told story of how, even in the midst of enormous fame and success, she battled depression, leading her to find her true calling as an advocate for mental health–especially her own.
As a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the top female R&B groups of all time, Michelle Williams felt blessed. After the group disbanded, she continued to create bestselling albums, appear on television shows, and star in theater productions. Though she had always struggled with low moods, in 2018 her depression deepened, and when she found herself planning her own funeral, she checked herself into a treatment facility. There she found the help she needed to live out the incredible story God was writing for her life.
In her first book, Michelle courageously shares the hidden secrets that nearly ended her life; the importance of her faith, family, and friends; and the lessons she learned about prioritizing her mental health. She is on a quest to increase mental health awareness and urges others to understand the importance of “checking in” with themselves, God, and others. Her candid, often humorous, and incredibly brave book will inspire readers who desire hope for their own difficult times.
Title: Checking In
Author: Michelle Williams
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date May 25, 2021
Note: I received a complimentary copy of Checking In from the publishers Thomas Nelson and TLC blog Tours in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my honest and unbiased thoughts about the book
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