Books about Shame, Vulnerability and Wholehearted Living

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The Gifts of Imperfection

Brene Brown

When I first watched Brene’s TED talk on vulnerability years ago I was blown away. She is just the right blend of funny, blunt, relatable and super credible. I was sure we could become best friends. I think many people felt like that and it's one of the reasons she has been able to get so many people talking about shame, vulnerability and wholehearted living. She's a great storyteller and draws you in, making it safe somehow to start reflecting more deeply on your own dark corners. What she has to say is so relevant to us all. This was the first book I read of hers. In it she explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.

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Daring Greatly

Brene Brown

Are you in the arena? Or in the crowd where it's safe? I hope this book will encourage you to dare greatly where it counts.

(from site)

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

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Braving the Wilderness

Brene Brown

I haven't read this yet but I love everything Brene Brown does so I'm sure this is great. Feel free to send us a review!