Dr. Brown is masterful at least and brilliant at minimum. There aren't words to describe how in depth the material yet how lighthearted the presentation is. You don't feel overwhelmed by stats and data but more so informed by a close family member who happens to be an expert in shame research.
This is such good content and it's well delivered. As a Christian it's great to see research and science back up the Bible and what Jesus taught about being whole hearted.
The format (a seminar given by Brené Brown herself) lends itself to a real learning experience, like you are attending the seminar and one of the audience. I love that Brené Brown herself gives the narration, as it's recorded live. Not as keen to listen to others narrating her other books.
I love so many things about this book that half way through I was already planning to listen again when it was over and take notes. I also plan to send copies to people I know will benefit. It only took me 2 days to listen to. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this book it's actually breathtaking - people should be made listen to this and study it!
This is beyond self help, this is something way more real & authentic. A saying comes back to me from my childhood that describes this book so well - "The truth can be named but not shamed". I think that's why people love Brené Brown so much, she's real, she's authentic, she's vulnerable and she lives what she speaks about. She puts so much of herself into her research and her findings that you can really empathise (which is a big deal, listen, you'll find out why) and it makes you feel like you're not alone in the world. That you're ok too, just as you are. She is so engaging cause she's not making stuff up. We can all identify with every word she says and we need to hear it and learn.
So engaging, warm, funny and honest. Completely genuine and authentic.
At the end when she spoke of her daughter Ellen being herself in Nordstrom and breaking into a robot dance at some music in front of all these "cool" mom and their "cool" daughters....she actually choked up from what I could hear. She had to remind herself not to let her daughter down and encourage her rather than urging her to be "cool" too and shut down to blend in. Yes, Brené joined her daughter in some robot moves even though up to that point she felt like she wanted to disappear on front of these "perfect' looking people. It was incredible moving, it moved me to tears. That story will stay with me.
Listen to this book from start to finish, I promise you won't regret it. And you will learn more about yourself than you'd ever expect.