I use the word “should” very, very sparingly when I talk about reading. But today I’m going to pull it out to talk about Brené Brown and her work: you’ve gotta read these books.
Brown describes herself as a researcher-slash-storyteller. She’s spent the last thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. (This may sound familiar if you’ve seen her hugely popular TED talks on the power of vulnerability and listening to shame.)
She has a new book coming out this August called Rising Strong: The Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution. It’s an excellent follow-up to Daring Greatly: if we find the courage to dare greatly—which Brown believes is the only path to love, belonging, and joy—it’s inevitable that we’re going to fail, often. (In Brown’s words: you’re going to stumble, fall, and get your ass kicked.”
This new book is about what it takes to get back up.
The common thread through Brown’s last three books has been wholehearted living; she describes the progression of her work like this:
I just finished reading Rising Strong, and I think you’re going to like it. The format is a little bit different than her previous books: she still uses research and storytelling to explain what she’s learned about wholehearted living, but this book contains many more of her personal stories. She does this so that she can thoroughly unpack the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that occur during our “facedown moments,” and explain in minute detail how to successfully get back up.
My favorite part of the book was when Brown described how she sought an answer to the question “Is everyone really doing the best they can?” My biggest aha! moment came when she described exactly why forgiveness is so hard (it wasn’t what my expected). And the words The story I’m telling myself is … crept into my vocabulary overnight.
Rising Strong goes on sale August 25, but I have an advance copy to give away to one lucky reader.
Leave a comment to enter. UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! (U.S. mailing addresses only, 18 or older. Giveaway ends Tuesday 6/23 at noon Eastern time.)
I’d love to know: what books do YOU think every woman should read?