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Brown, author or I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't), again urges us to expose and expel our insecurities in order to have the most fulfilling life possible. Her latest is a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection. She has defined 10 guideposts for personal introspection, which involve cultivating some positive quality, whether it be authenticity, self-compassion, or a resilient spirit, intuition, meaningful work, or laughter. Each guidepost is the focus of a chapter that contains illustrative stories, primarily from her own life; definitions, including the difference between shame and guilt; quotes from such diverse sources as Diane Ackerman and E.E. Cummings; and brief suggestions of activities that she pursues with the assumption that they might help her audience. Although these activities are highlighted in her introduction to the book, they are in short supply and the book functions more as a chatty meditation on the guideposts. Despite occasional moments of insight, this book's primary value may be in spurring thought and providing references to other authors that will provide further inspiration for those seeking a more meaningful life. (Oct.)
Human-behavior researcher and author of I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), Brown has made a career out of studying difficult emotions such as fear and shame. In this latest book, she emphasizes that above all other ingredients of living an emotionally healthy life is the importance of loving ourselves. In the grips of what she took to be a breakdown, or midlife crisis, Brown came to understand she was experiencing a “spiritual awakening” and worked to explore its significance and the interaction of knowing and understanding yourself and loving yourself. She intersperses her own personal journey with research and clinical observations of others of the work of living a “wholehearted” life, or “engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.” The point is to embrace life and oneself with all the imperfections, releasing the stress of overdoing and overworking. Brown offers exercises for readers to plumb their own emotions and begin to develop the kind of resilience needed to stand up to unrealistic expectations of others and ourselves. --Vanessa BushSee all Editorial Reviews
Love this author - straight shooter who is a "real" person - not someone who speaks in psychology terms. This book is a great inspiration.Published 17 hours ago by Motomama
too early to do this.... have not read enough to evaluate it. Using it with a group....fro a few months.Published 2 days ago by Patrice Reed
Saw her on Oprah and am not sure what her qualifications are. Aside from reading a quote that had 'daring greatly' in it, what in her life has prepared her to speak to the masses? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Just
Highly recommend this to everyone! Great book, great price too! Thank-you so much.Published 7 days ago by Sheri
Even the forward/introduction was intriguing. Easy to read. I am loving it.Published 8 days ago by Alison Swain
Great book! This was recommended to me by a close friend and I am glad I listened.Published 8 days ago by Carrie
I really liked this book. It is a fast read and that is good because you will want to read it several times. I read it and felt great about the world. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sherilyn R Lucas
Wow...just wow. If you are ready for a highly readable, highly relate-able book that will make you ask some hard questions about some of your thoughts about life, attitude, what... Read morePublished 9 days ago by K. Young