Currently, I'm about half way through this book. I did enjoy it up until that point, and a lot of Brene's insights really resonated with me, as a person who struggles with many of the challenges addressed in the book.
Then the topic of resilience came up. Without giving too much away, a key trait of resilient people is apparently that they must be "spiritual". Some time is devoted to defining what this means, and while she goes to some pains to make it clear that the definition is not limited to subscribing to some form of organized religion, she makes it clear that spirituality is a bit more than human-kind being more than our individual selves brought together. For Brene, the definition must include belief in a higher power.
As an atheist (and by the way, by all accounts a decent, caring, ethical person), I have no option for resilience as described in the book. I think that's silly.
At first, I thought I may have missed some crucial point, but the more I listen, the more I am advised that spirituality is crucial to my success. Not being someone who can adopt a belief system purely for pragmatic, selfish purposes, I guess I am out of luck.
As part of what constitutes a single digit demographic of the population, I recognize that I am well and truly in the minority here. I just find it ironic that what should be a feel-good, helpful book has sent me packing. Oh well...
Amazing work by an amazing and REAL person. I love her empathy, her honesty, and her wisdom!
Her personal testimony on her own recovery.
Create your own story and own it.
Seriously, either buy this book or go buy The Power of Vulnerability instead--those talks by Brene have all this content and more. If you hadn't already heard the latter, this may contain something for you, but I found it dry and not convincing--unlike her more developed material that she used to put her seminar together. It was basically like a cliffnotes version (although this may have come first--not sure), with nothing new...a waste of a credit.
But really, it's not that this book is poor--it's this horrible narrator choice. I'm sure she's fine reading fiction, but she ruins the content. She reads it like she doesn't even know what she's reading, like Brene is some fictional character she doesn't believe in. She makes everything sound trite and hollow, sometimes almost to the point of sounding ludicrous. How in the world did Audible think this was a good idea?
This readers voice is MUCH too sappy for down to earth Brenée a Brown material. It was TORTURE to get through this. I also feel as though there aren't as many good stories as in Brown's other books. PLEASE read your own work, BRENÉE.
I wrote with an inquiry as to an issues with playing "The Gifts Of Imperfection." As of yet, I've not received a response, and the audio continues to not play. If this can be resolved, I would like to listen to the audio book. Thanks!
No idea. It isn't playing.
F. L. Pierce in Chattanooga, TN. F. L. spent his life as a radio announcer for the Moody Network. His speaking voice is impeccable.
Would be grateful for assistance in getting it to play. Thanks!
I am going to keep one ear phone in at all times to hear these truths Brene Brown speaks about as reminder. I cried, I laughed, I allowed myself to feel. Healing happened, freedom happened, deeper friendship happened all as a result from this book. We started a book club because of this book.
Brene Brown's combining of research and sound-logic with real-life stories make the information truly helpful and applicable. There were so many insights I gained from reading this book, it resonated with me deeply.
Part self-help, part social science and psychology. This book is for the thinking person who is interested in self-help but looking for it to come from a credible source.
Her stylistic choice of voice inflection was a bit too much of a valley-girl, sorority-girl type of voice which I found irritating and at times I found it getting in the way of my absorption of the information. This is, of course, a personal preference.