Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Book - 2017
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One of the biggest surprises in Brené Brown's brand new research was learning that fitting in and belonging are not the same thing, and, in fact, fitting in gets in the way of belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging doesn't require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are, which takes major vulnerability and courage because in order to truly belong you have to show up, be real, and risk not experiencing a connection..
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780812995848
Characteristics: 194 pages ;,22 cm.


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Nov 01, 2018

A quick and easy read, Brown nevertheless nails a very important truth: our culture of separation, our "us against them" mentality, and our emphasis on the individual versus the collective good, in essence, our refusal to recognize how completely connected we all are, is destroying us.

Oct 02, 2018

While reading this book there were a few passages I enjoyed and that I thought would stick with me, but by the next chapter I couldn't remember what they were and overall this book was pretty unremarkable.

Cynthia_N May 11, 2018

This was an interesting book but I just didn't connect with it.

Jules101 May 11, 2018

I was drawn to the book by the title and initially surprised that is wasn’t about the wilderness as I had imagined. An open take on connection, belonging and living true to your heart in the reality of today’s world. I highly recommend this book!

Jan 25, 2018

So much truth in Ms Brown’s message.
Reese Witherspoon’s January 2018 book club pick.

Jan 16, 2018

Brene won my love with Daring Greatly yet this book fell short. She tried to talk about the difficulties of belonging to a group while staying true to yourself, but it was a muddled mess. The vignettes from her personal life were enthralling, though.

Dec 23, 2017

There is something that rings of insincerity and psychobabble in this book. Having said that, it may be helpful to some.

lindab1111 Dec 22, 2017

Brown begins by quoting Maya Angelou on personal freedom. Oh, well this should be interesting. She claims she doesn't want to zero in on the current political climate but that is exactly what she does. So this book is now about how to turn your armor around so it protects your back while trying to remain civil. I heard this as a short talk online. It was good. But it was not an entire book of good. The book meanders off and on topic. The most interesting and useful information was about why bull**** (don't know if I can use that word here) is more deadly than angry opposition. And we have a boatload of that stuff to wade through these days.

Nov 29, 2017

Brené Brown is personally responsible for curing my fear of self-help books, by bringing in an honest and approachable voice, relatable references, and backing it all up by research. Braving the Wilderness is a deeply personal call to action that bridges a gap between a quest for belonging and our deeply divided political climate.

Cheryl_JHL Oct 19, 2017

An insightful and highly relevant, Brene Brown talks about the fault lines and fractures in our country's community and how to start bridging and healing those gaps. It is a quick read, and I loved the emphasis on shared experiences that are not at all related to politics or divisive issues.


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Nov 29, 2017

Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don't belong. You will always find it because you've made that your mission. Stop scouring people's faces for evidence that you're not enough. You will always find it because you've made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don't negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.

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