Thursday, September 20, 2012

BlogHer Book Club - Daring Greatly

Because I adore books, having the opportunity to review books for BlogHer Book Club is like heaven for me. When I start reading a book for review, every time I see something that resonates with me I dog-ear the page so that I remember it for later. (Don't judge, I don't do it in library books.)

In the introduction to Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, the author Brené Brown references TED videos online. Because I was unfamiliar with her work I checked this one out first:

  BrenĂ© Brown: The power of vulnerability (TEDxHouston)

After watching the video, I dove right into the book. Before I hit Chapter 3 I had dog-eared 9 separate pages. NINE. Honestly? She had me at "Then I feel like punching someone in the face". Her explanation of the 'vulnerability hangover' reminded me of how I felt when I shared my own stories of childhood abuse.

"I am only as good as the number of 'likes' I get on Facebook or Instagram." (How did this woman get into my head??)

This book taught me so much about the risks and joys of being vulnerable. She has a gift for sharing ideas and thoughts with a keen sense of humor while using research to back it up. It turns out the two are not mutually exclusive.  ;)

Watch the video then go read the book. You'll thank me later.
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