Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.

  • Publish Date: 2015-08-25
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Bren Brown
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Social scientist Bren Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerabilitythe willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcomeis 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 peoplefrom leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parentsshared 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 theyre 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 were 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. Its the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

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Praise for Rising Strong


[Bren Browns] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears weve all had but havent quite known how to articulate. . . . Bren empowers us each to be a little more courageous.The Huffington Post

With a fresh perspective that marries research and humor, Brown offers compassion while delivering thought-provoking ideas about relationshipswith others and with oneself.Publishers Weekly

An Amazon Best Book of August 2015: You may be someone who looks at Rising Strong and says, oh, thats not really for me. Translation: I dont read or need that self-help stuff, give me a good novel and go away. But Bren Brown isnt a spiritual guru, or someone whos risen from the ashes to tell us how to live our lives. Shes a researcher. And Rising Strong isnt some feel-good-get-over-it regimen; its more investigative reporting on the common denominators of people who whole-heartedly get back up and go another round after getting their asses handed to them in big and small ways. In her straightforward Texan voice, Brown sets the table for us to get curious about lifes sticky moments and invites us to serve ourselves a plate of what shes learned in over a decade of research. I dont know about you, but Im not trying to be famous or come up with a cure that will change the world, I just want to live happily and keep getting back in the arena whether Ive been rocked on my heels, knocked to my knees, or gone face down in the dirt. For my money, seeing how I can do that better is worth reading about. Seira Wilson

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