BOOKREVIEW: Rising Strong – Brené Brown

A while ago I published a TED talk by Brené Brown about the power of embracing vulnerability and since then I have been utterly intrigued by her studies. I have already read her books “Daring Greatly” and “Rising Strong” the second and third book of her supposedly accidental trilogy on her research results over the past decade and have just started reading the first book “I thought it was just me (But it isn’t)”. (Needless to say it isn’t crucial that you read them in order, I didn’t, since they did not carry the first book at the local bookstores anywhere where I was located in Australia when I initially encountered the work of Brené Brown)

I read the book “Daring Greatly” in just a couple of days, “Rising Strong” in less than a week and I absolutely adore them.

I think the reason why I enjoy them to such an extend is that they are very informative, progressive, constructive and well-articulated while containing self-biographical and satirical elements which in some way makes the seemingly uncomfortable topics of vulnerability, shame, fear, disconnection, humiliation among others slightly more comfortable.

In all three books real stories and interviews are incorporated and it reinforces the message of “You are not alone” as the title of the first book “I thought it was just me (But is isn’t) similarly suggests. The stories are excruciatingly relatable and assist in providing an outside perspective on how and why we react when our actions stem from a place of shame.

In “I thought it was just me (But it isn’t)” Brené Brown succeeds in explaining how shame, humiliation, embarrassment and guilt differentiates and how you make the journey from “What will people think?” to “I am enough”. The book “Daring Greatly” is all about embracing authenticity and vulnerability and understanding that we are “imperfect and wired for struggle but worthy of love and belonging”, if I had to choose this would be my favorite out of the three. The last book “Rising Strong” as the author phrases it is based on the physics of vulnerability that if we are brave enough often enough we will fall. This book is about getting back up. It is about owning our stories even the unsuccessful stories but without letting them define us.

A brief resume:

“I thought it was just me (but it isn’t)”: Be you.

“Daring Greatly”: Be all in

“Rising Strong”: Fall. Get up. Try again.

I sincerely recommend all three and the earliest publication by Brené Brown “The Gifts of Imperfection” is definitely also on my list of books to read in 2016.


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