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The Gifts of Imperfection Audiobook

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    mandy48954 03-05-17
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    "wonderful book"

    This book resinates with me and I loved it very much. I will be recommending this book.

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    Matija Zagreb, Croatia 03-05-17
    Matija Zagreb, Croatia 03-05-17
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    "#humblebrag"

    I haven’t read the book all the way because I couldn’t connect with the author. She is a workaholic which always gives 120%, which seems like a non-issue and a humblebrag, it doesn’t help my feeling of inferiority because I’m often lazy and don’t achieve much.

    The book seems to invent a lot od new terms like “wholeheartedness” which I don’t understand and they don’t justify their existence in my opinion. The advice in the book just isn’t that practical for me.

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    Jacob G 03-04-17
    Jacob G 03-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stuff. Very Needed."

    Tough love. We (Americans) live in a nation that doesn't know the value of self-love and vulnerability. It's "work like hell and then keep working; no time for me." But it's the truest life. I'm just starting out learning these concepts and they feel pretty scary. Thank you, Brene, for living authentically and sharing your life with the world. We all need your story.

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    Smp2615 02-23-17
    Smp2615 02-23-17
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    "Extremely insightful!!!"

    I absolutely loved and highly recommend
    this book! There were numerous times throughout the book that Mr. Brown's thoughts and feelings really hit home. I felt as if she was talking directly to or about me and was amazed that I am not alone in my feelings of anxiety and self doubt. I discovered so much about myself and found many ideas that I will use in my own life. I plan to listen to the whole book again, take more notes and continue in my journey to finally live my own authentic life. <3

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    "Truly uplifting!"

    I really enjoyed this book and find myself using her tips more and more! read it!

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    Shanna H. 02-21-17
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    This book taught me the difference between nice and kind. Nice tell you what you want to here but, kind is honest

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    Margaret E. Hess 02-18-17

    A poet perceiving meaning, seeking beauty, wondering over questions.

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    "“You are imperfect... but you are worthy of love.""
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    Frankly, it is nice to have print copies underlined and deeply loved as made visible in tattered pages. I get a lot out of Brene's voice though. So I go back to my honesty which says, I would prefer hearing this in Brene's voice. She does some other books herself. They are my favorites.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    Wabi Sabi books by Leonard Koren and others. Very different though.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    it's been a while. sorry!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Strength in self love and self compassion despite any true or perceived imperfections.


    Any additional comments?

    Brene is a favorite so 5 stars!

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    Tennille Houston 02-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Life skills I never knew!"

    I love how open Brené is with her stories. I'm scared to be vulnerable, to let people see who I really am, what my true thoughts are, hell- I don't even tell people where I would like to eat! Hearing Brené's stories (which show she's just like me!) has given me the strength to start with courage. I'm going to put myself needs and wants out there. I'm so glad I listened to this book! She lays the book out with Guideposts- guiding principles for living life wholeheartedly. Then she ends the chapter with thoughts and action steps and the research (or where to find more on this), including books and research she has used in forming her opinions. To summarize: Wow! I love this book! This is truly a life-enhancing read.

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    iolkos18 02-13-17
    iolkos18 02-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "must read"

    I'm so glad I listened to this...I know I am not alone in this crazy world...i will definitely be reading her blog..thanks Mrs.Brown you have opened up my ears and really made me listen..God Bless!

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    June H. Dorsey 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truth spoken here."
    If you could sum up The Gifts of Imperfection in three words, what would they be?

    Honest , Clear, Solid Research


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    Celebrate Yourself by Dorothy Briggs


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Voice and reading matched content.


    What did you learn from The Gifts of Imperfection that you would use in your daily life?

    Trust+Gratitude+Inspiration+Faith=Joy


    Any additional comments?

    Brene models the call for vulnerability by being vulnerable. It makes the writing honest.

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