Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Book - 2017
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Bren#65533; 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. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

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."

Praise for Bren#65533; Brown's Rising Strong

"[Brown's] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we've all had but haven't quite known how to articulate. . . . [She] empowers us each to be a little more courageous." --The Huffington Post
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995848
0812995848
9780525508694
Call Number: 158.2 B8123b
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 22 cm

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BiblioBrietta
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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BiblioBrietta
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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