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- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B074G5P4WN
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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Like all of Brene Brown's books, this one is life-transforming. I would recommend that everyone--everyone--read each book of hers, in order, and this one last, as it is the culmination of all of the other books. But even better, buy this book, read it, go back and read the others and then read this again! This is the best of all of her books, as well as a prescription for being alive now, of being a citizen, a human being, a kind and caring and loving person--now--at this time in history. It is about how to be brave, kind, and good--no matter what your faith or lack of faith--and of dealing with the fractionalization of our country and of moving towards a re-humanizing (as opposed to dehumanizing) of our communities and families and other relationships, of transforming conflict in brave and true ways.
The book's theme is "true belonging", which the author defines as: "...the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." This might sound a bit unusual, but the book unfolds this idea in beautiful ways that truly will appeal to every reader--no matter what your ideology (including religious and political), no matter what your race, gender, or background.
Read this book; I cannot convey in a review how much it has the potential to change your life for the better. I read it yesterday and today in two sittings and am going back again and again to the writing, the ideas, and the inspiration to me to life more authentically and to be able to connect with others in deeper and braver ways.
Multiple times when reading this book I had to put it down, close my eyes and reflect.
Although written in an easy to read way, this was not an easy read. It was not easy because with everything that is happening in the US and worldwide, with the mess on both national and international political scene, the hate people give to one another, I also got pulled into taking sides. It is so easy to disagree with anyone whose opinion differs from our own. It is so easy to become obsessed with the political drama and point fingers at the ‘bad guys’. This book changed me.
"The goal is to get to the place where we can think, I am aware of what’s happening, the part I play, and how I can make it better, and that doesn't mean I have to deny the joy in my life."
Braving the Wilderness is an eye opener.
"Today we are edging closer and closer to a world where political and ideological discourse has become an exercise in dehumanization. And social media are the primary platforms for our dehumanizing behavior. On Twitter and Facebook we can rapidly push the people with whom we disagree into the dangerous territory of moral exclusion, with little to no accountability, and often in complete anonymity."
Brene touches upon all the topics that divide our society, if not the world: 2016 US election, the disrespect between Republicans and Democrats, all possible aspects of racism, gun laws, the way social media and anonymity makes it easy to express hateful opinions. But this is not a book about Democrats, Republicans, Whites or Blacks. This is a book about people – human beings coming together, coexist peacefully and get along.
It challenges everything we think we know about belonging, not only on the personal level, but also much broader spectrum – the country, our communities, and our cultures.
Brene focuses on basic rules, which may not speak to you when you look at them briefly, but make so much sense when you open your mind and think about them deeply.
"People are hard to hate close up. Move in."
"Speak truth to BS. Be Civil."
"Hold hands. With strangers."
"Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart."
Recommended read for everyone!
This is the book that I needed now.
I needed to be reminded that respect begins with respect to myself.
I belong to me.
This is the lesson that I want to teach my children.
The only way to teach is by example.
Thank you, Brene.
To the reviewers who feel she's repeating herself, I say that like any good teacher, she's going into greater depth. This is Authenticity 405 instead of 101. Her political comments aren't aimed at any one party but at the position of "US versus THEM". I know some people who would refer to this information as pious or psychobabble or any number of dismissing adjectives but people love this because it's profound and people hate it because it's hard. I think I can do this. Thank you, Brene Brown.