Book Review: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I’ve been carrying around Brene Brown’s new book Daring Greatly everywhere. I sneak in a few pages everywhere I go: the school bus stop, the park, even in bed with my toddler during his nap times. Many of you know might know Brene Brown through her TED video about vulnerability and wholeheartedness. I discovered her about a year before that through a series of click from blog to blog to another blog.

There were so many light bulb moments for me as I read Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.  The subtitle describes the book perfectly. When I finally found my sticky post-it flags, I started marking the concepts that stood out to me. Halfway through the book, my kids discovered my sticky flags, so there went that. Brene Brown studies and researches shame. Her descriptions about the shame based culture in which many of us live are spot on. I didn’t realize how prevalent this type of culture was until I read the characteristics and examples that she laid out for her readers.

The line that resonated for me was on page 25:

We get scarcity because we live it.

This describes our culture to a T. How many people have I met that don’t open themselves up for bigger things because they are so afraid to lose what they already have? Plenty. I’ve been there. It still happens to me.

When I first learned about Brene’s studies and books about shame and vulnerability, I thought, Why would I want to read a book about shame? Daring Greatly is insightful and Brene Brown gives her readers methods to embrace our vulnerability and learn how to live fuller lives. I can see myself going back again and again to this book

Join me over at BlogHer Book Club as we discuss Daring Greatly! Whether you have read the book or not, I think you’ll be able to relate.

But before you go, have you entered our giveaway for The Bloodletter’s Daughter?

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. I signed up to read and review this book because I already liked Brene Brown and her philosophy.

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