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Book Review: Checking In Author: Michelle Williams

Updated: Jun 21, 2022

“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.

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Tell us a bit about yourself:

I love the Lord and am honored He loves me even more! I am a wife, proud mother of twin daughters - each of whom are married to men I am thankful to God for every day! An empty nester, still figuring out what do with the 'space' in our nest...

Name of Book:

Checking In


Michelle Williams

What drew you to read this book?:

I was drawn to this book through Michelle's expression of her vulnerability, humor and honesty in dealing with her anxiety and depression. Readers will be able to relate to her book, whether through their own experience or that of a loved one dealing with depression and anxiety.

What impact did this book have on your life?:

The impact of 'Checking In' addresses how important, how much it matters to God that you check-in with Him daily, in an intentional and meaningful way. It deals with the truth of what YOU mean to the Lord and His wonderful plans in your life (Jeremiah 29v11). To quote a phrase in this book: "Regardless of what it cost me to check-in, I had come to realize it was a bargain compared to checking out."

In a paragraph, what is the main point of this book?:

This book that is filled with personal stories, will encourage the reader to live a life walking in His truth and grace, aligning ourselves with God's intuition (Chapter Six deals with this beautifully) and Proverbs 2v6-10).

Who would benefit from reading this book?:

The wide appeal of Michelle's book, due to the nature of her journey, will not only be read once, but hopefully kept as a resource to reference time and time again.

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