Praise for "Braving the Wilderness"

Well folks, Brene Brown has done it again. We've been long-time fans of Brown's research and storytelling since "The Gifts of Imperfection" was published in 2010.

In her newest book, Brown speaks to the current climate of spiritual crisis, zero sum thinking and the dissolving of community. Though these topics seem heavy and loaded, Brown has gift in pairing personal experience with research to create a vulnerable and inviting dialogue.

Throughout the book, Brown circles back to a poem by Maya Angelou. "You only are free when you realize you belong no place-you belong every place-no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great." Brown shares how this particular poem confused her, maybe even upset her because, as anyone who has traveled through adolescence knows, belonging is a touchy subject. Eventually, when paired with her personal experiences and research findings, Brown begins to understand what Dr. Angelou is saying and shares with her audience: “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary."

Her message resonates with us: know who you, be confident in who you are, and also have the courage to share yourself when appropriate. Be generous with your presence and be true to yourself.


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