I've not read Brown's previous books (yet). So I can tell you that this book stands on its own. In the introduction, Brené tells us the crux of this book is: "Fall. Get up. Try Again."
The book is very readable and I had several "aha" moments. Before the introduction, there is a "Note on Research and storytelling as methodology". In this book, Brené shares her own personal stories. Her writing is intimate, like a friend telling you what's on their mind over coffee. She is comfortable enough with us, her friend, to share her own work to reconcile conflicting (or just plain painful) emotions. She is brave enough to tell us about some of her unflattering moments. --Yes, she is real. She knows what it's like to react emotionally. She writes from a position of "I know...this isn't easy. In fact, it's hard and icky." And then she shares how she felt when she had similar experiences.
I really appreciated her honest style. I found it comforting.
Brown uses storytelling as a tool for understanding and healing. By this I mean she gives us the tools to use storytelling for our own discoveries. I like the idea that I am an active participant in my story. I have some control of the outcome eliminating the tendency towards feelings of victimization. There is no "why me?"
When we deny the story, it defines us.
When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending. ~Brené BrownThe book is one that I will re-read. It is one that helped me understand a few of my own stories that I wanted to learn from. But, just as importantly, it helped me explore ways to see things from someone else's perspective. We are wired to connect to one another. Yet connections are tenuous. This book helps to see how disconnects can happen.
I'd love to hear if you've read Brené's books or seen her Ted Talks.
Until next time!
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.