Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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Random House, Inc.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER &; A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

Don&;t miss the hourlong Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage!

&;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.&;

Baker & Taylor
Draws on new research to challenge conventional beliefs about fitting in to offer advice on the skills required to achieve actual belonging while being true to oneself.

& Taylor

The influential TED speaker and best-selling author of The Gifts of Imperfection draws on new research to challenge conventional beliefs about fitting in to counsel readers on the skills required to achieve actual belonging while being true to oneself.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812995848
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 22 cm


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Jules101 May 11, 2018

I was drawn to the book by the title and initially surprised that is wasn’t about the wilderness as I had imagined. An open take on connection, belonging and living true to your heart in the reality of today’s world. I highly recommend this book!

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Jun 22, 2020

This book is an exploration with research and insight on the growing divide between people, loneliness, an analysis of what “belonging” truly means.
The central message of this entire book is that true belonging starts with ourselves. In addition to being an exploration and analysis of belonging and what it means to be yourself, she also touches on so many other important points and issues in today’s world. She offers insight and perspective on many difficult issues and offers practical ways of dealing with many of these problems rather than just theorizing.

“1. People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.
2. Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil.
3. Hold Hands. With Strangers.
4. Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.”

May 08, 2020

Surprisingly this was my first book by Brene and I was easily drawn into her research-based data wrapped in personal experiences. There are definitely some core ideas and acronym usage that is pivotal for my Learning style and I know this will be a resource I will utilize in my own Teaching going forward. It is a concise read making it very accessible and certainly highlights concepts that we all need to hone our aptitude in. There were some moments of incoherence that gave way to an unevenness of thought, which came across as rambling. However, I get the sense that this was restraint either on her side or the Editors curbing what could have been a more vigorous discourse. I would have preferred dynamism after all the wilderness is not for the faint of heart. A pertinent tool for those engaged in becoming the best versions of themselves.

JCLHebahA Mar 31, 2020

It's not quite as focused or developed as Daring Greatly, but still worth a read.

WCL_Kiirstin Mar 12, 2020

I think it's tempting to see Brene Brown's books as self-help, but in my experience they're a lot richer than that. Her work is based deeply in thorough research and evidence, and hardly prescriptive. She takes a question - in this book, the question of what it means to belong - and dives in. Then she uses her books to share what she's learned. She does tend to boil things down to catch-phrases (though well explained and expounded upon) and can be repetitive; I think both are deliberate in an effort to help people remember the key points of her research and conclusions. I'll go out on a limb and say I think the world would be a better place if more people read Brown's work. Also highly recommend "Daring Greatly" but anything by her is worth at least one read.

Jan 13, 2020

I enjoyed the message of this book. If you do not belong to yourself first, how will you ever have a sense of true belonging? Worth the read!

Jan 13, 2020

I have listened to a few of BBs books on audio, and watched several videos of her and this is the first book I am actually reading in print. I have to say that I am even more moved by her words in written format and can really feel the vulnerability more As it related to me personally through reading it than ever before.

Dec 28, 2019

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ACL_StacyS Nov 05, 2019

I have been drawn to Brene Brown books because, as a scientist, I always need "proof." And, I love the way she carefully weaves her data, in with stories including her journey of acceptance and belonging. Read as an audiobook and come back to it year after year.

Oct 15, 2019

I read this on my librarian's recommendation. I think it's overly wordy (get to the point already), but there are some true nuggets that can be gleaned from Brown's take on true belonging, which stems from being brave for yourself, namely the four practices on how to achieve it. I especially liked number one: People are hard to hate close up. Move in. These basic principles make a quick read, but you'll have to slog through or scim the first few chapters to get there.

Jun 09, 2019

Brilliant. So informative, so well written and well told.

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May 08, 2020

"I can't imagine anything more important in the wilderness than self-trust. Fear will lead us astray and arrogance is even more dangerous. If you reread this checklist and change the pronouns, you'll see that BRAVING also works as a powerful tool for assessing our level of self-trust.

B - Did I respect my own boundaries? Was I clear about what's okay and what's not okay?
R - Was I reliable? Did I do what I said I was going to do?
A - Did I hold myself accountable?
V- Did I respect the vault and share appropriately?
I - Did I act from my integrity?
N - Did I ask for what I needed? Was I nonjudgemental about needing help?
G - Was I generous toward myself?" Chapter Two: The Quest for True Belonging

Feb 05, 2020

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”-

Nov 29, 2017

Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don't belong. You will always find it because you've made that your mission. Stop scouring people's faces for evidence that you're not enough. You will always find it because you've made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don't negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.

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