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The Gifts of Imperfection

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I first heard Brené Brown watching one of her TED Talks. She was a so well-spoken and had such interesting research, I was actually excited when a Facebook friend posted that she was reading Dr. Brown’s newest book: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Although I love my Kindle, I went a bought this one (I do miss turning pages of a physical book), since I knew I would want to mark things and take notes.


I am not one to read “self-help” books. But my skepticism was lessened since I had watched her Talk and knew she is a highly respected researcher (yes, I guess I am biased). The best thing about this book is that it is research-based. Dr. Brown has studied these things for years and years. So yes, I will listen to what she has to say more than a self-proclaimed “expert.”

The goal is wholehearted living. And she not only talks about the things that prevent us living wholeheartedly, but gives numerous personal stories (I’m pretty sure we’re the same person) as well as suggestions to overcome those obstacles (that at least worked for her). There are so many quotes I could pull out from the book, and sections I could talk about, but I really think you should read it for yourself (and this post would be a book itself). So I’ll leave you with this.


Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It’s not a self-help book. It’s a “change your way of thinking and living” book. And I’m pretty sure everyone can take something away from Dr. Brown’s research and/or stories. Enjoy!

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