Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
3 words: narrative, thoughtful, engaging
Oh my goodness. Brene Brown.
I seriously can’t say enough good things.
When I want to feel both encouraged and challenged, she’s my go-to writer. For me, she appeared out of nowhere just when I needed her research to help me out.
And life just keeps offering ways to use the ideas she puts out there.
When she spoke at the American Library Association conference, she talked about and directly demonstrated the concepts in Braving the Wilderness, and she brought us along with her:
“People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
Speak truth to BS. Be civil.
Hold hands. With strangers.
Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.”
We were all singing together and it was beautiful as all heck.
So she’s walking the walk and inspiring others to do the same. It’s hard work, y’all. (I sometimes slip into Brene Brown speak when I’m thinking about her.)
But there’s such warmth and humor here, too. This part made me smile out loud:
“After fifteen years of this work, I can confidently say that stories of pain and courage almost always include two things: praying and cussing. Sometimes at the exact same time.” (pp. 24-25)
She spoke about that at ALA, too — the fact that some organizations ask her not to cuss, and others ask her not to mention God. But she’s gonna do both, doggone it.
It’s hard stuff, this living a good and decent life. And she makes us realize that to do it really, really well is super hard and super rewarding.
Give this book a whirl if you like…books that explain society and challenge us to be our best selves, reconnecting with yourself and others, cultivating integrity, showing up as our true selves
What book or author showed up in your life just when you needed them most?