Brene Brown is a renowned researcher and author who composes with a raw heart and compassionate voice. I devoured Gifts of Imperfection and have made it a staple recommendation for all of my friends’ summer/winter/anytime reading lists!
I’m not a fan of the typical “self help” books…perhaps one of the reasons I love Dr. Brown’s writing. She never claims to be an authority on any one subject. To the contrary, she admits how her research has impacted her and shares the life lessons that have resulted from the time spent in connection with individuals. The Gifts of Imperfection is the result of more than 20 years of research in guilt and shame, and its words are powerful. Her writing is clear, concise, and relevant. She organizes the book and provides application with each new level of insight. She doesn’t leave you hanging with what to do but guides you through thought and action – a radically engaging combination.
Reviews summarize it with the following:
Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”
If you’re ready for a conversational piece of literature that will leave you inspired, pick up a copy of Dr. Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. You’ll be so glad you did!