Rising Strong

Rising Strong

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage,...

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Rising Strong Reviews

  • Jaclyn Day

    I love Brene Brown. Of all the self-help, crunchy, inner-peace books I’ve read (and there have been…a few), Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection is still my favorite. Reading it was a life-changing experience. Rising Strong is equally good, and different from her other books in all the right ways. Rising Strong is much more personal. Brown uses many examples from her own life (and her marriage in particular) to illustrate her points, and the topic–vulnerability–is still so relevant and important. D

    I love Brene Brown. Of all the self-help, crunchy, inner-peace books I’ve read (and there have been…a few), Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection is still my favorite. Reading it was a life-changing experience. Rising Strong is equally good, and different from her other books in all the right ways. Rising Strong is much more personal. Brown uses many examples from her own life (and her marriage in particular) to illustrate her points, and the topic–vulnerability–is still so relevant and important. Daring Greatly discussed vulnerability in terms of courage and shame, but in Rising Strong, she talks about it as an essential ingredient for any forward momentum in our lives. For interpersonal conflict, workplace tension, or any number of other pain points in our lives, Rising Strong stresses vulnerability and emotion as being key to solving those issues. Brown is straight-forward about how we fail at this: we act out hurt instead of feeling it. We try to guess what people are thinking or feeling and blame them for it–writing their stories for them–instead of staying in our own lane. She talks about the challenge some people have in asking for connection as part of a healing process. Their tendency is to become closed off and hidden, assuming that means safety. The book also talks about compassion, how reaching out costs us nothing: “Empathy is not finite, and compassion is not a pizza with eight slices. When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of these qualities to go around. There’s more.” Really beautiful, inspiring words, and it was good to read them this time of year too. Marking the change of seasons with something (a trip, a book, a ritual) is always nice and this book was perfect for it. Thank you to Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a review.

  • Calista

    Transformative. This book is a way with handling emotions that come up in life.

    When we feel an emotion like anger or shame, there is something behind this being triggered. This is a way of working through those emotions. Brene is an excellent storyteller. She has done a ton of research on the issues and collected 1,000s of stories from her life and others over the years.

    In this one, she talks of an experience at Pixar. It was a neat story. She talks about the 2nd act of a story. It's dark and

    Transformative. This book is a way with handling emotions that come up in life.

    When we feel an emotion like anger or shame, there is something behind this being triggered. This is a way of working through those emotions. Brene is an excellent storyteller. She has done a ton of research on the issues and collected 1,000s of stories from her life and others over the years.

    In this one, she talks of an experience at Pixar. It was a neat story. She talks about the 2nd act of a story. It's dark and usually not fun and we can't skip it. It's difficult and hard to go through. She says the protagonist tries everything to solve the problem in their life from a comfortable place. By the 3rd act, the protagonist realizes that they have to face the problem in a place that is not comfortable. We have to embrace discomfort to finally solve the problem.

    What a big lesson that is. I am pretty normal in the fact that I do everything to avoid discomfort and dealing with it. I try and put things off and not deal head on with a problem until I simply have to. It is not the spiritual way to deal with life's issues.

    She also speaks of Joseph Campbell's Hero of a 1,000 Faces. I want to read this book and I love this idea of myths. Our life story is a hero's journey.

    She also speaks to bravery. Being brave is facing our shame and dealing with our emotions. Going to this dark place and letting these emotions speak to us - this is bravery and courage. I would agree with her.

    She has so much in this book. I mean there is good stuff in this book. I need to read this book about 5 more times at least to let it sink in. I love her work and I need to learn this. I am so stressed with school right now and I'm emotionally having a difficult time with everything I'm having to do. I need to do some work like this to help move some inner stuff. I feel very stagnant on the inside and emotionally. I need to move this and get it out. I think that is why I need goodreads. I write about 3 reviews or less a day and it is a way I can get some things out at times. (like this email)

    Much of the things she speaks to in this book are issues I'm dealing with right now. I really needed this story at this time. It was just what I needed. I hope I can put into place some of what she spoke too. I need to start journaling again and getting things out so my pain and story doesn't own me. I don't want own my pain, I want to discharge it and move on.

    I feel like this work has religious overtimes. All the great religions in the world are working with these themes. Forgiveness and loving yourself. They are trying to get at what Brene is talking about from a research perspective.

    This is a lovely book and anyone looking for personal growth can find this helpful.

  • Taffy

    When I read a self-help book, I realize not all of it will apply to me or I will take what I need at that moment. This book is no different BUT I took a lot of notes. It was intriguing and interesting. The book is full of stories to help the reader see the point Brene is trying to make.

    I used some of her ideas the next day and honestly felt better about my day and communication with the people around me. I grew up in a home that did not deal with emotions nor did we talk about hard things at al

    When I read a self-help book, I realize not all of it will apply to me or I will take what I need at that moment. This book is no different BUT I took a lot of notes. It was intriguing and interesting. The book is full of stories to help the reader see the point Brene is trying to make.

    I used some of her ideas the next day and honestly felt better about my day and communication with the people around me. I grew up in a home that did not deal with emotions nor did we talk about hard things at all. Now I'm married, I need to be able to understand my emotions that I tend to keep buried and "safe" and I need to communicate better with my husband and children. I would recommend this book just for the help of thinking in a different way.

    4 1/2 STARS

    Thanks netgalley for the read!!

  • Rebecca

    Brown, a qualitative researcher in the field of social work, encourages readers to embrace vulnerability and transform failure and shame through a simple process of re-evaluating the stories we tell ourselves. The gimmicky terminology and frequent self-referencing grated on me a bit, but I appreciated how the book made me reconsider events from my own life. It’s the ideas that carry

    , so as long as you come to it expecting a useful tool rather than a literary experience you shouldn’

    Brown, a qualitative researcher in the field of social work, encourages readers to embrace vulnerability and transform failure and shame through a simple process of re-evaluating the stories we tell ourselves. The gimmicky terminology and frequent self-referencing grated on me a bit, but I appreciated how the book made me reconsider events from my own life. It’s the ideas that carry

    , so as long as you come to it expecting a useful tool rather than a literary experience you shouldn’t be disappointed. Genuinely helpful self-help.

    See my full review at

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  • Elyse Walters

    I thought I would have a lot to say after listening to this audiobook.

    However,

    **Rebecca Foster** already wrote A PERFECT REVIEW. Everything she wrote fits my experience!

    I enjoyed LISTENING to this book while walking. My guess is I would not have enjoyed 'reading' it half as much. (I might have been too judgmental)

    Personal things I'm looking at from this book:

    TIMES I HIDE OUT and SHUT down: in front of my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law!

    Isn't that enough to look at?

    I think so. End of revi

    I thought I would have a lot to say after listening to this audiobook.

    However,

    **Rebecca Foster** already wrote A PERFECT REVIEW. Everything she wrote fits my experience!

    I enjoyed LISTENING to this book while walking. My guess is I would not have enjoyed 'reading' it half as much. (I might have been too judgmental)

    Personal things I'm looking at from this book:

    TIMES I HIDE OUT and SHUT down: in front of my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law!

    Isn't that enough to look at?

    I think so. End of review!

    ***REBECCA FOSTER'S REVIEW*** ....(which expresses 100% how I feel)

    "Brown, a qualitative researcher in the field of social work, encourages readers to embrace vulnerability and transform failure and shame through a simple process of re-evaluating the stories we tell ourselves. The gimmicky terminology and frequent self-referencing grated on me a bit, but I appreciated how the book made me re-consider

    events from my own life. Its the ideas that carry "Rising Strong", so

    as long as you come to it expecting a useful tool rather than a literary

    experience you shouldn't be disappointed.

    Genuinely helpful self-help."

    THANK YOU, *Rebecca*!

    *****Valuable tools for being an emotionally more present human being -for our toolbox!

  • Julie Christine

    There are books that meet you at just the right time, when you most need and are open to their messages. I can well imagine encountering the warm Texan embrace of Brené Brown's brand of social psychology at other times of my life and being turned off by its fierceness, volume and confidence. I may have looked askance at the cult of Brené Brown, with legions of devotees who discovered her through her TED talk gone viral, read her previous works, taken her Oprah-endorsed self-actualization worksho

    There are books that meet you at just the right time, when you most need and are open to their messages. I can well imagine encountering the warm Texan embrace of Brené Brown's brand of social psychology at other times of my life and being turned off by its fierceness, volume and confidence. I may have looked askance at the cult of Brené Brown, with legions of devotees who discovered her through her TED talk gone viral, read her previous works, taken her Oprah-endorsed self-actualization workshops, or listened to her CD series on vulnerability and shame.

    is in fact my first encounter with Brené Brown's work. It was pressed into the hand of the person who gave it to me as a gift last Christmas, the bookstore clerk assuring him it was a life-changing read, and now I will be the one to press it into everyone else's hands.

    So yes, let's just get it out there: the subtitled theme of

    , this triumvirate of

    is schticky and looks like pop-psychology gone wild. It will likely turn off others who rely exclusively on data and peer-reviewed research to support social science theory and prescriptive methodology.

    What I came to love about Brown's narrative is the marriage of research and inspiration, her ability to take grounded theory and apply it to art-the art of emotion, the art of knowledge, the art of faith.

    What is this book about exactly? It's about surviving hurt, acknowledging shame, embracing vulnerability, learning how to tell our stories, and getting back up to do it all over again, with courage and determination.

    The emphasis on personal narrative touched me deeply. As a writer, I believe we are wired for story and my greatest healing has come by turning to the page, not only in telling my own stories, as I do when spilling my guts in my journal, or constructing a personal essay that is meant to reveal more universal truths, but in creating fictional worlds with characters who are born of my heart, my emotions, and in a tangential way, my experiences. So Brown's insistence that we use the physical act of

    our narratives as a way to achieve truth and emotional release resonates deeply. Only in writing our stories can we examine what's real and what isn't, when we've conflated nostalgia with memory, when our memories have failed us and we fill in the gaps with drama or denial, where there is room for change or a different way of looking at the past that has shaped us.

    There are too many components of this book that touched me, made me nod or tear up with recognition, made me turn to my partner and read aloud. Just too many. Here are a few: The destructive nature of comparative suffering. The phenomenon of "chandeliering", when we've packed down hurt so tightly that a seemingly innocuous comment can send us straight up to the chandelier with an emotional reaction well out of proportion to the situation. The need to sustain our creative souls. The idea that everyone is simply doing the best they can and recalibrating your responses accordingly. Creating boundaries to access compassion. Courage is contagious. Hope as a learning process, not a fly-by emotion. Embracing regret as a path toward empathy and how trauma leads to shame, and unacknowledged shame prevents us from being vulnerable.

    Although I found many of the anecdotes that led to the development of theories and the concrete plans for personal engagement a bit trite, the approach to change Brown offers—like both hands extended to lift the reader up—is ripe and right, with practical, actionable guidance.

    I'm on board. All in. Let's do this.

  • Julie Davis

    I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to

    which is a series of workshop courses she gave.

    I shouldn't have wondered. Brown's voice grabbed me from the moment I read the introduction. In fact, early in the book Brown's realization that "you can't skip Act 2" (a reference that will be clear if you read the book) was revelatory for my husband and me in a work situation

    I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to

    which is a series of workshop courses she gave.

    I shouldn't have wondered. Brown's voice grabbed me from the moment I read the introduction. In fact, early in the book Brown's realization that "you can't skip Act 2" (a reference that will be clear if you read the book) was revelatory for my husband and me in a work situation that we're slogging through at the moment. It didn't change our point on the map, so to speak, so much as to point out where we were and that we weren't really lost in the Slough of Despond ... just working our way through it to Act 3.

    I like the way Brown has our innate connection to storytelling as a parallel thread. On one hand, it defines ways we can recognize and recover from dangerous trajectories. On the other, just reading what she's found about us as storytelling beings hits a note that interested and connected with me.

    The reason I only gave this three stars is that the last third of the book somehow felt very different, much more self-help oriented than what preceded it. Suddenly there were a lot of acronyms, bullet pointed lists to consider and work through, open ended questions to ask yourself, and a couple of case studies that seemed very unnecessary. My eyes glaze over at that sort of thing which is why I've enjoyed Brown's talks so much — because they are necessarily free from such items. I haven't actually read one of her other books so she may have followed this pattern before. It may work for everyone else in which case the problem is mine alone.

    At any rate, I still recommend the book. It allowed me to make a lot of connections in my own life between my behavior, internal logic, and how to avoid or recover personally from falling hard when taking a risk.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I come at this book from a few perspectives. First, I saw a librarian make a presentation on vulnerability in the classroom, and he quoted Brene's earlier book,

    , as the basis for his experiments with students. I think both he and the author herself would have recommended I read that book instead of this book. Why? Well, even the author makes frequent references to it. It made me wonder if this boo

    I come at this book from a few perspectives. First, I saw a librarian make a presentation on vulnerability in the classroom, and he quoted Brene's earlier book,

    , as the basis for his experiments with students. I think both he and the author herself would have recommended I read that book instead of this book. Why? Well, even the author makes frequent references to it. It made me wonder if this book really had enough content to warrant an entire book. It is highly repetitive yet lingo-saturated, making it unpleasant to listen to in large doses. In fact, I put it on hold for a while and decided to go back to it.

    Don't you want to rumble with your MFD's and rise up? Yeah, I just don't like to have to speak in code. It makes it feel like you spend half the time learning her lingo and not focusing as much on the ideas themselves.

    The other perspective I come from in reading this is in my work, where I lead a team, one I feel protective of; I want them to be creative and work together and not to feel discouraged when we fail or are told we can't do an idea that we planned for. I needed something uplifting after a stressful December. To that end I appreciated the sections on story-filters and creativity. There are a few pieces I will bring up because they were useful.

    From a personal perspective, I always need to hear that pushing through the difficult middle of any situation has rewards.

    After reading quite a bit about how Brown's therapist helped her make some of these realizations, I think I'd like to read her therapist's book.

    And one final thank you for getting

    song back in my head for endless days.

  • Anna

    I finally had to give up on this book. I was going to try to make it to the end but I couldn't do it anymore after I got through the second-to-last chapter of this tiresome volume of 100-proof arrogance.

    Brown's "Rising" purports to be a self-help book about getting over life's adversities but it never delivers.

    Instead, Brown writes a series of non-event anecdotes from her boring, privileged life as a social work teacher at the University of Houston (she's married to a pediatrician), including

    I finally had to give up on this book. I was going to try to make it to the end but I couldn't do it anymore after I got through the second-to-last chapter of this tiresome volume of 100-proof arrogance.

    Brown's "Rising" purports to be a self-help book about getting over life's adversities but it never delivers.

    Instead, Brown writes a series of non-event anecdotes from her boring, privileged life as a social work teacher at the University of Houston (she's married to a pediatrician), including such episodes as being upset when she couldn't get a book deal right away, being irritated by a woman who wrote a snippy email to her after a speaking engagement, getting into inconsequential arguments with her husband and accidentally picking up a pile of trash that had, well, more than trash in it.... She also tells us about how she cries in her therapist's office -- a lot.

    She takes about 300 pages to get across an important, but very simple point: don't be afraid of your feelings! Huge epiphany. You'd have to be the most spiritually, emotionally repressed person on earth to think this book is revelatory in any way.

    Here's my favorite quote from the book:

    "Do I believe serial killers and terrorists are doing the best they can? Yes."

    You really don't need to read the whole book now.

    It's possible Brown's other books and TED talks were really good; otherwise, I don't see how this one would have gotten published. If they were on par with this one, there's no way we'd even know who she is.

  • Colleen

    I'm definitely an outlier here, as I feel like this is an overly long rehashing of all that I already know (everything is not about me) and practice. Using terms like "rumbling" makes it a bit too precious. Drat.

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