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“I need help.”

Those three words saved Grammy Award-winning singer Michelle Williams’s life. After decades of sweeping her anxiety and depression under the rug - even during her years in the spotlight with Destiny’s Child - Michelle found herself planning her own funeral. Realizing that she needed immediate help and could no longer battle her anxiety and depression alone, she checked herself into a treatment facility. When she came home, she was energized and determined to check in on a regular basis with herself, God, and others.

Practical, engaging, and full of wisdom, Checking In helps us understand that

  • building walls around our vulnerability can hinder our healing; 
  • we need to reject the lies of anxiety and depression and replace them with the truth of God’s Word;
  • joy can be found when we release toxic thought patterns;
  • childhood wounds need to be healed;
  • freedom can be found when we forgive ourselves and others; and
  • a beautiful life comes from living honestly.

 An uplifting, behind-the-scenes look at one woman's path to healing, Checking In reminds you that you are not alone, and that God is not yet finished writing your story.

©2021 Michelle Williams (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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  • Chartae
  • 2021-06-03

Interesting story

I will say that it’s hard to give a score on a book about someone telling their truths and story because it’s THEIR truth. I appreciate that she was able to be transparent about her mental health issues and getting help. I also liked how she referenced the Bible and God throughout the book which stays true to who she is. However, she mentions transparency and vulnerability but only gives us a little bit of what really triggered her depression and anxiety. It felt like a tease. She scratched the surface but that was it. I can respect the fact that she didn’t want to disclose certain things because she didn’t want to hurt her family or Chads family, but why introduce those things? Perhaps my expectations were too high but wanted to know more about her childhood that triggered these things. It was too much of her saying she won’t talk about this or that. Overall it was a great start.

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  • Mileshigh9
  • 2021-05-30

The Phoenix

Michelle, or Tenitra, gives, and has always given, just true genuine sincerity with whatever she creates and is apart of. This book is no different. I love the growth in her character, which can not only be read and listened to here, but is heard in her beautiful music.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-27

Just what I needed

Just what I needed. I needed to hear this TODAY. Thank You for sharing your story.

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  • Jeffrey Alan Bell
  • 2021-05-26

An inspirational share from Michelle Williams

I loved this book that felt more like a friendly visit. Multi- talented singer/actress Michelle Williams took time to share reflections on her life experiences with anxiety and depression in a way that grabbed my attention and held it from beginning to end. Her personal check in discussing her childhood, her career, her relationships, and her reactions and resolutions prompt the listener to do the same. I appreciate such an honest and enthusiastic attempt to encourage others to check in and think about what matters most in one's life.

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  • Nathan Histed
  • 2021-05-25

Checking In, Saving Lives

The world is far from unaware about just how serious mental health and depression, anxiety, etc truly is; however it seems to get put back to the dark places nobody feels safe talking about. “I need help” is so hard for some people, myself included. This book hasn’t only allowed myself to learn, and grow as a person, but to give hope for those who also suffer in silence. To become the best you! Thank you Michelle for this book. The world needed it.

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  • Thobi
  • 2021-05-29

Transparent and authentic.

I love Michelle’s book. She is so open and authentic. A lot of times when we conquer something we think it’s return is a sign of our weakness or failure. Michelle demonstrates strength and resilience through her journey. She reminds us through this book that there is no shame in fighting to posses your healing over and over again. That faith and hope can exist in the midst of longing and a not yet answered prayer. Michelle also encourages us to accept ourselves and love ourselves with our struggles no matter what they may be. As I was reading there was a shift in my spirit, encouraged to see my true self and not define my identity by my struggles. That I’m worthy and beautiful in the midst of struggles. Our struggles are part of our story but are not who we are. Through this book I’m reminded yet again that the secrete of true healing is vulnerability with God, self and few trusted friends.

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  • Leticia
  • 2021-05-29

Didn't even know how much I needed this

I really enjoyed listening to Checking In. It's funny how some things seem obvious, but then someone says it and you realize you're actually surprised about it. I've honestly been feeling alone, not because I have no one to talk to, but because I thought the negative thoughts in my mind had to do with the things that happened to me growing up and they were truly about the story of my life. I thought negative facts turned me into a negative person, but to listen to Michelle, who had a different life story having the same kind of thoughts made me see things for what there are. Depression will dig out the worst that happened to you to get you stuck in those moments, with those thoughts.
It's also encouraging to listen that even after a lot of asking for help, a lot of prayers and working on herself, she's not done yet. There's a constant maintenance that needs to be done.
I’m definitely going to use the tools she gave me, and I’ll probably listen to her again, especially because even though she talks about struggles and dark moments, it is still good to listen to. Honesty is a good thing to listen to. And on top of that, she’s funny and she even sings a little bit. I really, truly loved the book.

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  • Roderick
  • 2021-05-29

just wow

Tanitra, thank you for checking in! This was much needed and I really appreciate your honesty and humility. God bless.

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  • unconditional luv
  • 2021-05-28

You are not alone

For God has unconditional love therefore i will always CHECK IN thank you for the reminder of checking in. My mom always said you have 6 sense the 6th one is God talking to you like a whisper in your ear ( intuition)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-28

Very Transparent and Inspirational

Thank you Michelle for being so open and transparent about your struggles with mental illness. Your testimony and story will definitely let others know it's ok to reach out and get help with their mental health. I pray the Lord continues to bless you and keep you.

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