Preserved by Purpose: The Truth of the Light We Carry

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By Shewanda Riley Comments like “I know that’s right” echoed throughout the Fox Theater in Atlanta the first weekend of December as the sold-out audience responded to the insightful statement “Fear keeps you safe, but it also keeps you stuck” made by forever First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her tour for her book The Light We Carry. Laughter and affirmation filled the theater as Obama offered insights about love and life as she enthralled a sold-out audience in a conversation that was moderated by entertainment mogul Tyler Perry.   Keeping with the honesty that she offered in her first memoir Becoming, Obama shared even more insights from her latest book on many topics including how she’s adjusted to life after The White House. Part of that adjustment was dealing with uncertainty as a result the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide shutdown. In discussing the effects of the pandemic, Obama admitted that like so many others, she suffered from low grade depression which made her reevaluate areas of her life.  When asked by Perry what she thought the root cause was of the depression, she indicated that it was due in part to the realization that despite how hard she tried to...

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