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Braving the Wilderness Audiobook

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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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 number one best-selling 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 Brené 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."

©2017 Brené Brown (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[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." (Huffington Post)

"It is inevitable - we will fall. We will fail. We will not know how to react or what to do. No matter how or when it happens, we will all have a choice - do we get up or not? Thankfully, Brené Brown is there with an outstretched arm to help us up." (Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 09-14-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!"

    I tried fitting in all through my public school years. Then I gave up, dyed my hair, donned combat boots, and started sporting a Mohawk. And I became wildly popular as a nonconformist.
    Still, I was miserable. I had no idea how to be me, whatever that entailed.
    I love Brene Brown, have all her books, and each has inspired me. Still, inspirational and actionable are two different things.
    Finally! Braving the Wilderness has steps one can really, honestly, truly take to get to that fabled goal of Authenticity. Her research brought her to the wonderful checklist, an acronym: BRAVING, where B is Boundaries, A is Accountability, I is Integrity, G is Generosity, and the other letters/elements are covered also in great detail. The challenges that arise with each of these elements are covered, everything, the whole nine yards.
    Also, and this I thought was brave of her, Brene discusses how exactly we got to be the volatile, fractured nation we are today; plus she highlights steps we can take to make our interactions with each other more humane, more transformative. And it's not by staying in our own camps either. I know: HARD.
    Her narration is warm, her examples, some her own on how NOT to do something, are enlightening, her hope is genuine and contagious.
    Okay, so no Mohawk here. But I am ready to take those fearsome, courageous, first few steps...!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    writerslifeblog 09-14-17
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    "'I am the wilderness'"

    There's SO many points to touch on. Impossible to. Instead, I'll list a few favorite parts. Knowing this is different for everyone who reads.

    When Brene' storytells the moment she recognized not 'belonging' to her family. Tears well up. Turned off the audio book. Visited her Instagram page sifting for comfort where others would vibe similar. Left a message for her and the page. Feeling less alone. Start listing to the book again

    Wrapping myself around self incrimination and wanting to feel ashamed of truth I recognize through out the book. Hearing her ask me, 'why?' Resembles how she hears the voices of others. Like, Maya Angelo. This is why I like audio books. Especially with her. I hear her voice. Overlap my fears and tears. This comforts me

    Her epiphany of what the Maya Angelo quote means for herself is awesome! Proves the journey may have twists and turns. Full of all sorts of happenstances. Some our own doing when we did what we thought would work. If we keep searching for the truth of something that conflicts with our sense of self we eventually find the 'wilderness' and belonging to ourselves. You'll have to read the book to relate

    The interview with Viola Davis meant another click of the book off. Tears welling up. Visiting Viola's Instagram page. Leaving a heart felt thank you for her courage and appreciation for lighting the path a little brighter for me

    The interview of junior high students at the end. Fitting in verses belonging and their take on not belonging at home ... AGAIN, tearing up. Turn off the book. Reflect. By this point, after immersing myself for a couple of days I felt more secure in where I am. Understanding the wilderness a lot better. My place in it

    Showing up in the world will never be the same 'practicing being in the wilderness' every day from now on. Especially, 'not searching for confirmation I don't belong' any longer

    My whole life timelines itself reading this book. I could see where moments of my life helped set the course. Eventually, becoming my doing. No more

    The VA is helping me sort through how the events of my military service caused a disability my brain struggles with. After hearing this book I feel confident these struggles won't keep me from belonging to myself and 'You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.' Maya Angelo

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jenniferjiggs 09-12-17
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    "devoured"

    This book is stunning, even more so than Brene's earlier works. It is a timely, Noble and brave message for us to contemplate. I want to buy this for everyone I know. Since I'm not rich, I'll settle for exploring my own copy over and over until it does it's work in me.

    Thank you, Brene. Your work is not in vain.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm4life Seattle, WA USA 09-15-17
    Bookworm4life Seattle, WA USA 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I wish everyone would read this book."

    This is truly one of the best books I've read. I love all of Brene's books, but this one was my favorite from the start. I hung on every word and didn't want it to end. It's chock full of valuable lessons that come at a time when we sorely need them. I loved listening to Brene read her own words, but I will buy the print book so I can turn to the pages of wisdom time and again. Thanks Brene!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta L. Ruben 09-14-17
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    "Standing Up to Truth "
    Would you consider the audio edition of Braving the Wilderness to be better than the print version?

    One of best of Dr. Brown's Audio Books. She shares a lot of her new research about knowing yourself and your needs when choosing to be a caring person. I enjoy listening to her she has a unique style of communicating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The quotes from Maya Angelou were very important to the spirit of this book.


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

    She introduced a variety of research studies and quoted from letters and books from successful people who overcame their fears. Most moving for me was her visit with the Sandy Hook parents. There ability to unite together in love was inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for those who find they are angry about their situation in life and do not understand why the feel like a victim of circumstances beyond their control. Her discussion of methods of not to seeing yourself as an outsider who doesn't fit in anywhere are the most valuable part of this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 09-16-17
    Molly 09-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful!"

    Somehow she just keeps getting better and better and sharing her gifts with the world so we can join her in getting better and better

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    Jeff 09-16-17
    Jeff 09-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "painfully necessary advice"

    As always, Brené speaks truth to what the true self needs...and what the world needs. Brené's qualitative research methods mixed with life experience uncover raw truths about what it means to be ALIVE in the most fulfilling sense. I'll keep this one downloaded as I do the work.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Jackson 09-16-17
    T. Jackson 09-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Much needed book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I've struggled for years with voicing opinions that may not be held by the masses especially in recent months. I love that Dr. Brown gives so many examples of how we can brave the wilderness, have the tough conversations without agreeing to disagree or having someone ready to kill us, and how we can use curiosity and truly owning up to the fact that we don't know it all to have an amazing discourse that allows us to ultimately experience the sense of true belonging. Love, love, love this book and I appreciate Dr. Brown for writing it.

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    Ann Schweibinz 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    I love her books and always read or listen them multiple times... this is another one I will listen to again. Thank you Dr. Brown!

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    Grandma Shooshi 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you"

    I just finished Braving the Wilderness on Audible. Thank you for doing your own narration. It increases my connection to you 10-fold. Your work has been an inspiration and guidepost on my journey for many years. I have all of your books in print and on Audible. I've done online coursework and book studies with a few "marble jar friends". Someday I'm gonna see you speak live! Thank you for your ongoing willingness to be vulnerable, to show up authentically and to tell your wilderness stories. Your stories shine the light on my path. Thanks to Steve, Ellen & Charlie for sharing you with us! Love you Brene to the moon and back.
    From Sharon in Portland

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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