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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Brene Brown , Lauren Fortgang , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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Book Description

May 22 2012

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

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."

"This important book is about the lifelong journey from 'What will people think?' to 'I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice." —Harriet Lerner, New York Times bestselling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

"Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you." —Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind

"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life.'" —Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

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'Brown urges us to expose and expel our insecurities in order to have the most fulfilling life possible. Her latest is a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection.' Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. A dynamic speaker, she frequently presents on the topic of shame resilience at conferences and public events. Visit her popular blog ( to learn more.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I read this book over a year ago, and I still think about it on a weekly basis. There is so much wisdom in Brown's words, and I loved that it was delivered in an approachable manner. I also appreciated the author's own authenticity in offering personal examples. This book delivered a few a-ha moments, was packed with practical how-to tips, and was overall inspirational in my journey towards self-acceptance. Thank you, Brene Brown.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but Deep! Nov. 22 2011
I loved this latest from Brene Brown.

This book is simple and a quick read - but as deep as you want it to be. There are no quick fixes here - the journey to self-acceptance is a life-long one for many of us.

But there are plenty of signposts, strategies and helpful tips/strategies. There are plenty of stories to help the learning make sense to us. There is plenty of summing up - of years of research - into definitions that give us Brene's understanding of a wholehearted life.

I remember when I started my self-acceptance journey how resistant I was to accepting the power of our irrational and illogial emotions. How busy I was denying shame, the feelings of unworthiness etc. If I had read this in the beginning I may have dismissed it because I wasn't ready to hear the (sometimes hard to hear) messages contained in this book. And I certainly wasn't ready to face the fear and shame and tell others about it!

So, I think this book may be more valuable to those who have ALREADY done some work on their self-acceptance journey - and get the basics - that we are all driven by the need to feel loved, to belong, to be accepted. If you don't already get that (or aren't able to be open to it yet), you may find this too much of a leap into the unknown.

But then that very much depends you!

This book is NOT going to fix you. Only you can do that! But it will give you pointers, support, encouragement and new understandings. And Brene's stories, by showing her vulnerability, give us strength and courage to step out and be courageous, authentic and powerful - just like her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Nov. 3 2013
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Brene Brown is bang on with her research and writing. I am getting professional help myself at the moment and my therapist is monitoring the course I am taking with Brene and Oprah. She also thinks that this is an excellent book a nd that the information is very helpful and easy to understand and put into practise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Very informative. July 6 2013
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I went through an awakening about 30 years ago. It took some doing to toss out the values that I had been programed to believe by my parents and other authority figures. Eventually I became the person I was meant to be and much happier.

Of course, I wanted to share my experience so others could benefit form my experience but found it difficult to explain.

Brene does a fantastic job telling of her experience at letting go of the right/wrong, good/bad and smart/stupid black and white thinking.

The best part is she write like any friend or neighbor might speak
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book! Dec 29 2012
By Pingo
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This is the first Brene Brown book I read after I was introduced to her on her Ted Talks. This book was really life changing, Brene Brown is so wise in her courage to share with us her stories of her own struggles. It really gives the reader something to relate to, which is really helpful in seeing how to use the information for your own personal growth. I highly recommend this book and anything Brene Brown has written, I've read it all!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Sept. 1 2012
By Karen
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This is a great little book to help oneself with their identity and vulnerability. The author is a great writer and talks from her own experience.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gifts of Imperfection April 3 2011
This an interesting book on how to grow into a 'shame resistant' person. It an easy read, the author goes to some effort to normalize the responses most of us have towards criticism that comes from within us or from the world around us. We can all benefit from following the 10 steps explained by the author towards living life in an authentic 'Wholehearted' manner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! Nov. 7 2013
By Teacher
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A great read! Everyone should read this book! Truly makes you think about your our life and how easy changes can be made.
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Brene's book really resonates with me. The personal stories and her conversational style of writing really help to bring her content alive... Content that is so important.
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I read plenty of these books and this one stands out from all the rest! It reads like a friend talking to you, and the information makes you feel ok to be imperfect. Read more
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There is a lot of really great and helpful information in this book, particularly about shame, but I found that there was a lot of repeated information from her other two books. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars It is not what it calims to be
I found a lot of useless information in this book about why she chose her research topics, and her personal life stories that didn't really add much value to the overall content of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brene Brown is wonderful!
Brene Brown tells stories to illustrate how our perceived imperfections are simply a part of being human, and that shame around them is actually the real issue. Read more
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