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Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave Kindle Edition
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Some Nerve documents the author's journey -- and the journeys of other people she encountered in her travels -- to overcome lifelong fears in order to live more richly. Most people have (or have had) fears that inhibit them in one way or another, and will therefore be able to relate to this theme. But for me, the subject turned out to be secondary to the great writing. The author's depictions of people are finely wrought and touching, and her perspectives on the world are insightful and very funny. I was amazed at the distinct writer’s voice that emerged from a first-time author.
Putting it in the "self-help" section does not remotely do justice to the engaging storytelling. This is not an "overcome your fears in 10 easy steps" kind of book. Rather, the insights in Some Nerve emerge from rich storytelling and sympathetic, real-life characters.
You will really enjoy this book, and you'll want to get it for all of your friends to read, too.
Others have praised this book more eloquently, but I wanted to chime in too: I loved this book!
I look at the overall book as more of an inspirational you can do it kind of thing. I have a lot of fears but I wouldn't really call myself afraid of clutter (a chapter in this book), bike riding, water (though it's true I should probably learn to actually swim) and I learned to kick the whole public speaking thing by just buying myself a new outfit. It really does work.
Since I don't think anything can really help you get over a fear of death the chapter is more about living in the moment and taking care of yourself. The driving chapter helped me as well. I'm terrified of driving so she takes you on a lesson with a teacher who specializes in people with bad experiences or phobias. The part that I really listened to is when the teacher talks about how you learn to drive (or really do anything your anxious about).
For me that's what I really took away from this book. I don't know that it will help me be more brave but it did make me take a closer look at how I deal with and how I've dealt with some of the things and I'm already afraid of and the issues that I have and try to fix them on their level.
I would definitely recommend this especially to anyone whose even thinking about conquering something that may scare them.
I am a woman in midlife, trying to make something of myself after being a stay-at-home mom for ten years. I'm scared $#!+less every day. That big hole in my resume makes me question whether I'm good enough and becoming a single mom at only twenty makes me question whether I deserve it. This was just what I needed at this point in my life to help me be kind to myself, yet keep going. I no longer want to be defined by my fear. And I think that's a worthwhile lesson at any age.