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The 10th-anniversary edition of the game-changing number one New York Times best seller, featuring a new foreword.

For more than a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what's now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in 35 different languages across the globe. 

What transforms this book from words to effective daily practices are the 10 guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. 

Brené writes, "This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance." 

©2020 Brené Brown (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Anecdotal drivel

I’ve tried a few times to get Brené Brown. I still can’t. I think it maybe because she has breadth but no depth. She covers everything on the surface level and all her anecdotes are personal instead of from a variety of people who she supposedly researches. I am tired of this genre of women self-help books who all essentially say “you should be happy no matter your circumstances because I am and this is how I do it so why aren’t you?”. If you want a book that actually is written by a real researcher with more than personal anecdotes then check out Emotional Agility by Susan David. That book actually helped instead of pandering to the anxious masses.

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Started and finished today

I love Brené Brown’s work, having only (somehow) discovered her work in the last year. I tend to believe it’s the “when the student is ready the teacher appears thing.” Anyway - while on vacation and focusing on my “play” I listened “cover to cover” today, especially enjoying that Brené reads her own work. This is just so freaking GOOD and powerful . I will listen again and again, and yes, go to the “hub” to pull down all the things also released today to accompany. What a teacher and what a great thing to be a part of, Brené’s community

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Many, many 'Aha!' moments

If you haven't experienced any of Brené's work before, you are missing something from your life. If you aren't sure yet, start with her TED talks, Netflix special, and The Power of Vulnerability audio book. I have almost all the audibles and will be getting the hardcover books because she literally changed my life.

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This was my birthday guft to myself

So excited to have gifts with Brene reading. I loved the last narrator but it’s just not Brene. The principles in this book changed my life and lead to my own spiritual awakening. Brene breaks down vulnerability and how to live an authentic life. Love love love!!! Thank you Dr. Brown!

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Thank you Brene

One listen will never be enough.

Sharing it with my wife and kids.

Also highly recommend following Brene's recommendation to do the wholehearted inventory first.

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Brene is authentic

I’ve already read and listened to the first edition of this book, but I was so excited to hear that Brene had narrated this new 10th anniversary edition. It did not disappoint. I think I will make it a practice to listen to this audiobook once per year.

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Great book!

It is about time to get in the arena. I have lots of work to do but this book helps me know I am worth it and deserve to live whole heartedly. Thank you Brené my daughter Faith introduced your work to me early this year and what a gift it has been! So appreciate your honesty and integrity!
In gratitude,
Beth MacDonald

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Too abstract. Too much focused on terms.

The book didn't get anywhere. Felt like a glossary of terms interspersed with author's self-congratulatory language. Disappointed.

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Worth every minute

Loved this book so much, I'm fairly sure I finished it faster than I have ever finished a book. Take the time. I'm buying a hard copy to have for my library.

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Excellent resource for most all people

This exposesThe fallacies of the human mind. It exposes our false need to be perfect and to see the value of ourselves both and self-worth and self-esteem. When the reader really puts work and effort into the things taught, depression can be reduced.

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