• Checking In

  • How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life - and Can Save Yours
  • By: Michelle Williams
  • Narrated by: Michelle Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (412 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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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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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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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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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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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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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I’m checking in

This book spoke to me on a spiritual level. Michelle and I have a lot in common, but God’s love has kept us afloat. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, doubts, hopelessness … to read this. Our life experiences may be different, but depression does not discriminate. What I love most about this book is how she approached the fallout of her relationship with Chad. There’s two side to every story, but she accepted full responsibility of what happened and left him with his dignity. I also love the fact that she narrated the book herself and I got to experience how funny and down to earth she is ❤️❤️❤️

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  • 05-27-21

Great and Inspirational


As someone who suffers with depression and mild anxiety it was a great to have a fellow black woman who is famous to shed light on her struggles with mental health and I really appreciate her honesty. I appreciate her talking about how Covid has affected her mental health and what she’s done to continue to succeed through this crazy time we’re going through. Literally my mental health hero.

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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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Just what I needed

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

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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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  • 02-09-22

Just a great listen

Loved it, gave me a lot to think about. I'm sure i will revisit it several times.

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  • Linds
  • 01-03-22

Worth Listening

Candid
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An eye opener to mental health. Thank you

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  • Samantha
  • 11-09-21

Great book!

I really enjoyed Checking In. I love how open and honest Michelle was throughout the book. It's a great reminder to always check in with yourself, God and the people around you. Keeping things to yourself doesn't do anybody any good. Great read.

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  • abiodun
  • 11-07-21

Great Book

Loved every minute of this book, it helped me realise the importance of checking in always, with myself, with the right people and with God.
Lots of love Michelle

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  • Amazonian
  • 11-03-21

Real life issues & its read by Michelle herself!!

Great book. Really enjoyed it, so relatable and she made it easy to digest. really glad I listened to this. You are not alone

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  • Rana
  • 10-28-21

An amazing insight

what an amazing book by an amazing woman. someone who has so candidly spoken about her depression, anxiety and mental health issues - showing the world behind the glamorous world of celebrity is a normal person who suffers from the same crippling issues every human does. I love the way how Michelle let's you into her relationship and talks about the downfall something that many of us have experienced due to our own mental health problems and insecurities. Would definitely recommend this book. and also here's to hoping Michelle and chad reunit

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-21

Very relatable

Great book, Michelle narrated this book excellently and made me as the reader drawn in to her story.

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  • Kimberlee
  • 09-20-21

So relatable.

It was hard not be triggered by the loss of Michelle and Chad's possibility of a prosperous marriage, but as an empath, that's nothing new. The stories and revelations are just heaven sent. Well done Tinetra, your rewards are piling up in heaven, good and faithful servant. God bless you.

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  • happyshopper
  • 08-21-21

Open and honest testimony of her journey with M. H

Loved the fact that she shared her struggle with Mental Health. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-21

Wow. Just Wow!

Exceptional recording and storytelling!!!

Thanks Michelle Williams for this intimate portrait and sharing this message with everyone!

I love how intimate the recording is too. Feels like a beautiful Sunday afternoon and we're having a conversation on a porch.

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  • David
  • 08-05-21

highly recommended

It has fantastic, true, authentic content, great narrating, great bible referencing. I lapped it all up