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Publisher's Summary

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares 10 guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, "What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?"

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her 10 guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."

©2010 Brene Brown (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life." (Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist)
"Bren Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you." (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind)
"This important book is about the lifelong journey from 'What will people think?' to 'I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.' (Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection)

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Something for Everyone, Well-written and Thought-provoking

Brené Brown pulls no punches in The Gifts of Imperfection, and I believe it would be virtually impossible to walk away from this book without having some thought to ponder, some small change you’d like to see in your life.

Brown is an excellent writer, adeptly weaving together deep personal reflections, humorous stories, and years of research in a way quite unlike anyone else today. It is this unusual mixture which makes her book so very versatile —all but ensuring that every reader will find something which speaks to the way they think, and they way they desire to live their life.

Never before have I been so impacted by such a succinct work. I would highly encourage anyone considering this book to give it their time. I assure you, you will absolutely not be sorry you did. If you have never listened to Brené Brown speak or read her work before, this is a terrific place to start. If you are a Brown fan, hungry for more of her unique insights on life: welcome back.

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Fantastic!

Loved this book! Her research was so complete and interesting and the way she wrote this book was very insightful and never boring. It kept me wanting to hear more, and I felt it was helpful. The narrator did a great job as well. I would definitely listen to more books with her.

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inspiring ...

Absolutely loved this book! I will re read many times I am sure. So much to take in I will have to read again to get the most out of what this book has to offer.

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Life changing guidance

A real book to help you show up in life. Practical, realistic guidance that you can employ every day.

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Must Read

Love Brene Brown and everything she publishes. This book was a turning point for me. If you read only one book this year make sure it's this one. You will not regret it.

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Super helpful

This book put words to things I do or emotions I have and it has been extremely beneficial to me. Brene Brown is helping me to understand myself and others. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to sort out things in your life. This is in my top 10 list and I will be listening to it again!

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great book

I really enjoyed the presentation and the message. Great information and insight. Love the author

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Fabulous book on living REAL!

This is a really great non-self-help book on how to be REAL & live WHOLEHEARTEDLY! The reader has a beautiful voice & seems to really embody what the author is saying!

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yes!

excellent book. love the explanations on why we feel certain ways and the real life examples. this will help me be a better boss, wife and mother.

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Inspirational

Great reminders on how to value who you really are and cultivate resilience towards shame.