Book Review: Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Refreshing, comforting, and thought-provoking are the three words that I will use to describe this book. Rising Strong is a book about confronting and navigating some of the professional and personal challenges of everyday life😎. It is about the days when we are “face down in the arena” when our backs are up against the wall and when we are dealing with issues of shame, self-confidence, and disappointment 😖. This was my first Brené Brown book and the first time I have read about vulnerability and shame. I found it both enlightening and interesting, it was quite unlike any other personal development/self-help books that I have read before. My rating 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

According to Brené Brown, “the goal of the rising strong process is to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness into our lives.” That is what we want to achieve in that period between our fall and our rise ……. 🧗🏾‍♀️ 🧗🏾

The most difficult part of our stories is often what we bring to them – what we make up about who we are and how we are perceived by others. Yes, maybe we lost our job or screwed up a project, but what makes that story so painful is what we tell ourselves about our own self-worth and value.

What really stood out to me while reading this book, was the concept of The Shitty First Draft / Stormy First Draft, that first story that you tell yourself in your head about what someone else is thinking about you or a situation with limited data points and information. A situation happened, and now I think that I am perceived in this way, this person doesn’t like me for this reason or for that reason. We make up a whole narrative in our heads, we don’t know if it is true, but we tell ourselves that it is😞. Why not ask for clarity? Why not apologize if you made a mistake, ask for forgiveness, and move on? Why drown in your own sorrows? Why not rise strong? Rising strong has to do with analyzing this Shitty First Draft that we made up and finding truth amongst all the lies we tell ourselves 🙏.

Giving help can occasionally feel vulnerable; asking for help always means risking vulnerability. This is critical to understand because we can’t make it through the rising strong process without help and support. We all need people we can turn to for help when we are rumbling with the confusing parts of our stories.

I liked this book because it is a different type of self-help book. Vulnerability? Rising Strong? What does this mean? We are always motivated by persons who succeed despite their various setbacks in life, or persons who when they fall, get back up but what exactly happens when we are still on the floor. How exactly do we get back up? What are some of the tools we need in our personalities to help us make that first step up? This was the essence of Rising Strong for me. This is why I loved this book and I consider it a must-read❗️❗️ 😊

Have you read any of Brené Brown’s books? What did you think of it?

Much Love


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Rising Strong by Brené Brown

  1. Skip on over when you have a minute…I did some “renovations” and added a few stories….I’m trying to get my act together and get at least one story per week as I used to do.

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