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What a transformational and delightful read! Thank you. Most important learning (relevant in current climate) is to be careful not to turn advocacy vocabulary into weaponry and that we are sums of more than 1 belief...I pray I can truly do better.
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Braving the Wilderness is an engaging, passionate, and well structured book that took me by surprise. I didn't know anything about this book or the author when I grabbed this. What a great surprise.
This a book about connecting in healthy meaningful ways and belonging without trying too hard or expecting others to let us feel that we belong, to belong without belonging anywhere and everywhere, to belong to ourselves more and foremost.
According to Brown we all want to belong and connect, but doing so forgetting who we truly are, hiding who we are, faking who we are not, and not holding our ground or boundaries is not true belonging. True belonging it is not based on somebody's else accepting us as much as accepting ourselves and showing who we are, what we believe, and what we think even when we are surrounded by people or situations that are hostile to us and our survival instinct pushes us to conform, shut up or fake it up. Braving the wilderness demands from us to speak our minds, disclose what we believe, do not obscure what it really matters to us, and how we see or feel anything, no matter the consequences.
In Braving the Wilderness, Brown discusses spirituality, loneliness, aloneness, solitude, conflict, true belonging, stereotyping, compassion, connection, fear, hatred, pain, anger, BS, civility, boundaries, the difference between what we are and what we believe, and between fitting and belonging. And the good thing is that she does it with a lot of soul and in a very clear, understandable engaging way.
I enjoyed her comments on stereotyping and BStting, and on bringing civility back in fashion. However, one of the things that resonated the most with me was the BRAVING system, or seven rules to trust people, ourselves, and be trusted: 1/ Boundaries. 2/ Reliability. 3/ Accountability. 4/ Vault; kinda of my lips are sealed. 5/ Integrity. 6/ Non Judgement. 7/ Generosity in assumptions.
I also liked her quest to be clear about what she means by what she says. Some of the most important definitions she offers in the book are those of spirituality, braving, wilderness, true belonging and civility.
> Me Me MeExtroversion biasBraving the wilderness is not enough Data per se is not serious research It might age soon < I would have rather focused on examples not related as much to the current political situation in the US, as that focus will age the book quickly. On the other hand, she is braving the wilderness and speaking her truth, so bravo.
THE AUDIBLE EDITION
Braving the Wilderness is spoken in a straightforward way, very well structured and presented, so it is easy to follow even in audiobook format. Something that I don't take for granted. Brown is a wonderful speaker and reads her own book as if she was talking to you, not following something that has already been written. She has a mix of passion and softness, a great voice tone and inflections, and a very good reading pace, so the result is an engaging discourse, which makes listening to this book a truly enjoyable experience. This is one of those audiobooks that one wants to listen to more than once, or even purchase the hard-copy or Kindle book to re-read it. Most enjoyable!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Absolutely loved this book. The author's narration was excellent. Her connection to the material genuine and authentic. I feel inspired to be a bigger person that lives from that sacred inner space we have mostly been socialised to quiet. Brene has a knack for unmasking and naming all the inner boogey men that hold us at ransom in internal wars we believe belong only to us! She then sheds light on them and uncloaks them to reveal friends who have just been hurt too many times and are now in constant paranoia and alarm. She reminds me of Pema Chodron when she teaches us to love out demons to help them leave us. I recommend for anyone silencing themselves or those close to them. Wanting to live their best and most weird life skillfully.