It empowered me to be my self and not apologetic for my imperfections. I typically wouldn’t have picked up a book that to me, falls into the self-help category but I decided to give it a try as I work my way through Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Selections. When she wrote “cynicism and distrust have a stranglehold on our hearts”, I felt like she could easily have been speaking about my own heart. If you haven’t heard of her before then you must know that Brené Brown is absolutely AMAZING!

It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers, and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt.”  “Someone, somewhere, will say, ‘Don’t do it. I think last year I managed to just about read Little Women, The Unmumsy mum and some counselling books – in the whole year!

Book Review | Braving The Wilderness – Brené Brown It has being an embarrassing amount of time since I last read an entire book in less than a year!

She is a researcher and author who works in shame and vulnerability and I just love everything I read or see from her. There were some powerful lessons in there to analyse prejudices or biases, learn from history and wake up to what is happening in the world. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone By Brené Brown. I really want to read this! It’s a book about finding belonging within ourselves and using that to relate effectively to others. The wilderness metaphor didn’t especially resonate with me, and sometimes I found myself wondering what exactly she was talking about. Braving the Wilderness is the second book I’ve read by Brené Brown (I recently reviewed Daring Greatly). Braving The Wilderness, the most recent book penned by Brené Brown, speaks to the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone.

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These are themes Brené explored in "Daring Greatly", but in "Braving the Wilderness" she takes it a step further, connecting our courage, authenticity and vulnerability - with what is needed in the world. Review. “…the wilderness is a metaphor, to represent everything from a vast and dangerous environment where we are forced to navigate difficult trials, to a refuge of nature and beauty where we seek space for contemplation.

She’s a social scientist, and in parts of the book, it feels like a text book. However, don’t let this fool you into believing that the book isn’t engaging.

I’ve read Daring Greatly which was enlightening. It has being an embarrassing amount of time since I last read an entire book in less than a year! She has some TED talks she has done if you are curious to learn more, as well as some videos on Netflix and then an array of books that look at the areas of shame and vulnerability. Braving the Wilderness is a book not about 'fitting in', but being who we are - no matter what. When we surrender our own joy to make those in pain feel less alone or to make ourselves feel less guilty or seem more committed, we deplete ourselves of what it takes to feel fully alive and fuelled by purpose… the goal is to get to the place where we can think ‘I am aware of what’s happening, the part I play and how I can make it better, and that doesn’t mean I have to deny the joy in my life’…”! There are also many common sense ideas that are perhaps not so common, such as approaching conflict with a genuine attempt to understand the other person’s perspective. I definitely agree that it was too wordy. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. It means taking risks and getting to know people and showing up for them in ways many of us don’t.