Braving The Wilderness by Brené Brown: A Book Review
I was feeling a little down and disconnected the other weekend. The fractured, polarized, and often angry society we live in had been hitting me particularly hard. In my sullen state I did what I often do to cheer me up, I went to a bookstore. I really didn’t plan on buying anything that day. But then I saw a light glimmering from an end cap in the shape of this book.
“You are only free when you realize you belong no place–you belong every place–no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.”Confession: I did cry when Brown recounts meeting Dr. Angelou for the first time. And I pretty much kept crying until she finished the first chapter by quoting an interview where Angelou talks about learning to belong to herself. But these were all happy, healing tears. Brown then goes on to outline the path to belonging to ourselves.
People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In. Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil. Hold Hands. With Strangers. Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.Brown explores these claims with her unique combination of clinical research and personal stories. Claim after claim, story after story, chapter after chapter, I could feel hope and courage returning to my world weary soul. It is true that Brown’s words, though they are simple and true, are not easy. The challenge she issues to “brave the wilderness” in our current times will take effort and commitment. But this challenge to stand stall AND reach out to others with civility and compassion is an essential one. And it is a challenge I continue to be so grateful to Brown for sharing. To read more about Braving the Wilderness or to purchase it at Amazon.com, click on the icon below. *Affiliate links are included in this post. However, no product is ever offered on this blog that I do not recommend with my whole heart. Dena]]>