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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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Brené Brown

4 Hours 12 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

September 2017

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 Brené 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 polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing 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 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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    Incredibly timely message for our culture.

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    Brene Brown is the best! I would listen to her all day!

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  • Denise Garcia

    I was able to relate to almost every topic in this book. Great

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  • Miriam O.

    This is my first Brene Brown book. I’ll need to go get the others I’ve missed. The takeaways on humanity are so prevalent and important. The acronym for BRAVING is a lesson all by itself. I have come away from this book with a sense of comfort in dealing with framing events and actions in order to better understand and use a lender of grace!!

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  • Sandra C.

    She has a nice voice and the narration is good. I was just not as overwhelmed with her insights as most of the reviews.

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  • Catherine S.

    This is the first Brene Brown that I've read - and all I can say is Wow!! She is pure inspiration and truly a gift. I'll be reading more of her books and checking out her Netflix show. I can't stop thinking about all of the things she talked about. It gets in your head. And I loved listening to her voice - can't wait for the next one!

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  • Hazel H.

    I listened to the audio book. Now I need to get it in hard copy and add it to my library. Very good read.

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  • Susan E.

    I love listening to Brene read her books! I am also going to buy a hard copy of this book, because I know I want to go back to several passages again and again. She reminds me of the beauty of being human, and give courage to times when I might be in the wilderness, but for all of the right reasons.

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  • Sandy M.

    I've read most of Brene's books and can't get enough of her writing! She is so motivating and I relate to so much of her teachings. I absolutely love her and could listen to her forever! Please never stop writing Brene! I love you!??

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    Insightful and practical.

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