Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

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I mean, you can’t really go wrong with Brené Brown, whose work is a refreshing blend of sociological research and honest storytelling. I’ve been a fan of hers for years but somehow hadn’t actually yet read any of her books. After watching her interview below, I was sufficiently motivated to remedy that with Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. This book is all about being brave enough to have a sense of true belonging to your authentic yourself. As someone who speaks her truth publicly and struggled with feeling a sense of belonging in my youth, this book was a lot of what I needed to hear.

It also opens the space for us to conduct ourselves with a sense of kindness and dignity even and especially in the face of hard conversations in which our sense of belonging with others feels threatened. It’s a serious commentary on what needs to shift in the present political climate and in our “us versus them” social segmenting.

“True belonging is 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 wildnerness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”

I look forward to reading her other books.

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