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Braving the Wilderness : The quest for true belonging and the courage tostand alone - Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness

The quest for true belonging and the courage tostand alone

Paperback Published: 18th September 2017
ISBN: 9781785041754
Number Of Pages: 208

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A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, 'True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.' Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.

Brown writes, 'The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.'

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"Brene Brown is an important thought leader of our times ... a deeply inspiring book" * Red magazine *
"Stories, beautifully told, of learning to belong because you know, enjoy, admire, and forgive yourself." -- Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

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This book is powerful and really expanded my notion of what it means to belong. I found Brene's style of writing really relatable and connected, the book was easy to read even though it covers deep content. I loved the messages in this book and would highly recommend.



Anything by Brené Brown is outstanding. This is no exception


Anyone interested in living an authentic life needs to read this

Sydney Australia


challenging, read her other publications first


I read this after her 2 previous professional publications. This was definitely the toughest. I had to put it down and come back to it over several sessions. If you are looking for a self-help book this is an enormous challenge.



Brene Brown always a good read


Great concepts and some memorable quotes. A good read, just a little U.S. centric.



Best inspirational book I have read in years!


I read this book in the space of 2 hours on a plane flight and my goodness be careful reading it in public! I was near tears, laughing out loud, gasping, jumping in my seat. All the feels! Such an incredibly moving book written by the amazing Brene it is a page turner and more than that a total life changer! Can't recommend this book enough



Braving the Wilderness

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ISBN: 9781785041754
ISBN-10: 1785041754
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18th September 2017
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.23

Brené Brown

About the Author

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. 

She has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Braving the Wilderness, The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. Brené's TED talk, ‘The Power of Vulnerability’, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with 35 million views. Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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