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Book Review: Rising Strong

Brene Brown is a bad ass bitch. I can say that about a PhD professor and Oprah’s new bestie right? If you haven’t heard about my girl Brene you have been living under a rock. Her TedTalk went viral, The Power of Vulnerability and it’s a life changer. Quickly after she wrote The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and another TedTalk: Listening to Shame.  She’s from Houston and is a huge deal in the yoga community (and everywhere else, hello she’s friends with Oprah!). We are always referencing her and I even used some of her insights when I taught a public speaking class. Anywhooo on to her newest book!

I went up to Austin for a signing because the Houston event was sold out. I got such a great seat! FullSizeRender (1)
I promise all those seats were filled after. Brene is a great story teller and I left inspired! After I finished the book I felt a little bummed though. You know when all the good bits were in the trailer? That’s how I felt happened at the signing, she was too good at speaking that without her the book fell flat and I wanted to watch her TEDTalk instead. I was too bored.

The two main ideas/takeaways I got from Rising Strong are

  1. “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness- even our wholeheartedness- actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the fall”. You can see why Oprah loves this girl.
  2. “I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries.” AHA moment! The whole idea that people are actually doing the best they can. That changes everything doesn’t it?

I looked up some of the reviews on GoodReads and some people mentioned they liked her other books more than Rising Strong and how this one felt more self help.  I haven’t read her other books so I can’t say personally but I want to agree.

Official rating: 3/5

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  1. Sky Sky

    Omg, I would LOVE to see Brene Brown speak! She’s such an incredible story-telling. But, I actually LOVED Rising Strong. I want to re-read it and take notes. I adored Daring Greatly but I almost think I liked Rising Strong better. The Gifts of Imperfection is up next for me.

  2. Saryah Saryah

    It was pretty amazing! I felt like Brene and I were besties after :) I have the Gifts of Imperfection on my nightstand as we speak!

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