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Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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Brené Brown

8 Hours 52 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

August 2015

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Don’t miss the hourlong Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage!

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.


“[Brené Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . Brené empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”—The Huffington Post

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    Great book!!

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  • Gina Mendoza

    Love this book. Very inspiring and enjoy listening to it at night. Will read the book as well.

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  • Nicole A

    I will definitely read again, very beautiful book, well written, with compassion and so much wisdom.

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  • Ashley Marie S

    Loved this book. Brene Brown is awesome.

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  • Shaylee Chapman

    Absolutely IN love with this book. I have recommended it to many people that I knew would connect with it just as much as I have! Cant wait to read/listen to more by Brene Brown!

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  • Sarah Jensen

    Amazing! I passed this book to my whole famliy and downloaded it on my Nook so I could take notes! Love that Brene' read it!!

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  • Victoria Winterberg

    I loved this book. It teaches you how to examine why you feel things when you do, and how to masterfully cope with vulnerability in a positive way. If you are interested in challenging yourself to work into the next level of your life, I recommend this book.

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  • Maggi Breckenridge

    At first I thought this was going to be a waste. The author sounded like a "woe is me girl". That Changes, so give it time. This is a great book examplifying how all of us can better ourselves, our relationships, and our lives if we are willing to be loving, honest, open, and non judgmental in our relationships. Having the author as the reader really add to this wonderful book.

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  • Angela Gutierrez

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for being brave enough to share your stories, your insights, your humor, your compassion, your human-ness with us all. It is refreshing

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  • Ben Walden

    I didn't quite get the point of this book. Found myself shaking my head many times while listening, or forcing myself to get through it. For me it was like a car wreck you just can't turn your head away from. I'm sure her philosophy resonates with a certain type of person, but it's not me... As a data scientist I kept waiting for her to support her views with real data but she never gave specifics of why her method is better than any others someone could make up. Being from Texas is not enough to accept her method as one I should follow, sorry. People are people and they come from many different backgrounds but we will always view life from the lens of our own experiences. That's not revolutionary.

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