Braving the wilderness : the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone / Brené Brown.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives -- experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Now Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, "True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, "The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.
    • Content Notes:
      Everywhere and nowhere -- The quest for true belonging -- High lonesome : a spiritual crisis -- 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 -- Notes -- Index.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-180) and index.
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LJ Reviews 2017 May #1

From the perennial No. 1 New York Times best-selling author whose 2010 TEDx Houston talk, "The Power of Vulnerability," is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, here's guidance not on fitting in but on truly belonging.

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LJ Reviews 2017 October #1

Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection; Rising Strong) contends that one of the major crises in today's culture is the feeling of being disconnected, which evidences itself in perfectionism, people-pleasing, and the erosion of civility. True belonging, states the author, is a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity, and four steps to accomplishing this include moving in, being civil, holding hands (connecting), and having a wild heart (standing up for oneself and one's beliefs). Mixing research, storytelling, and honesty, the author leads readers in becoming courageous and finding meaning in uncertainty. VERDICT Bound to be another best seller. A solid option for all collections.

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