Rising Strong

Rising Strong

Book - 2015
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When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.
 
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.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780812995824
0812995821
Branch Call Number: 158 Bro
Characteristics: xxviii, 301 pages : illustration

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CarleeMcDot
Jul 27, 2017

A friend recommended this one so I decided I'd grab it from the library. I didn't know much about the book (although I've heard a TON of great things about the author), but really enjoyed it. One thing that stood out to me (and I hope to integrate into my daily life) was the practice of stating "the story I made up is...". This is HUGE! So many hurt feelings are due to either unsaid expectations or stories we tell ourselves (i.e. 'The hubby said that or did that because... {you fill in the blank about something you are telling yourself}.). I think this literally can be a game changer in relationships - but obviously it requires communication and vulnerability. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

lt_bibliosara Jan 20, 2017

Not only a self-help book, Brene's Rising Strong is an inspirational, anecdote-filled ode to all those who have faced challenges in their lives (ie., all of us). Brene is an eloquent writer and speaker who gets right to the heart of the matter. She doesn't take any crap, and she doesn't give any. Her technique is well-founded in research as well as biographical experiences, and is attainable for the reader no matter what their background.
Rising Strong encourages us to take the hits-and hit back harder. It's a worthwhile and powerful (with just the right amount of humor and sarcasm) for anyone!

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Jul 25, 2016

I read this for work. She references her previous book quite often.

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SaturdayLibrarian
Apr 27, 2016

It doesn't matter how many times you fall, only that you rise and rise strong.

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bibliokrisp
Sep 12, 2015

I'm a Brene Brown fan, so I went into this book expecting to like it. And I loved it. Brown practices what she believes in--she is honest, caring and inspirational in the stories she shares and the content of her research. Life isn't easy & requires each of us to understand our fears, biases and shame. And then we have to get help, speak truth and move forward. Each time I've read a book by Brown, I am helped in a current struggle. Thanks Brene Brown!

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