Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Rising Strong

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope.

Details Rising Strong

TitleRising Strong
Release DateAug 25th, 2015
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology

Reviews Rising Strong

  • Ryan Dejonghe
    Some books you hug. Other books hug you. Rising Strong is a book that hugs you. “Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.” If you haven’t gotten used to the language of Brené Brown, now’s a great time to start.I gave Brown’s last book three stars. But dang, if that book doesn’t haunt me still. Her words—her stories—have a way of bur...
  • Anna H
    I finally had to give up on this book. I was going to try to make it to the end but I couldn't do it anymore after I got through the second-to-last chapter of this tiresome volume of arrogant drivel. Brene Brown's book purports to be a self-help book about getting over life's adversities but it never delivers. Instead, Brown writes a series of non-event anecdotes from her boring, privileged life as a social work teacher at the University of Houst...
  • Julie Davis
    I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to The Power of Vulnerability which is a series of workshop courses she gave.I shouldn't have wondered. Brown's voice grabbed me from the moment I read the introduction. In fact, early in the book Brown's realization that "you can't skip Act 2" (a reference that will be clear if you read the book) was rev...
  • Elyse
    I thought I would have a lot to say after listening to this audiobook. However,**Rebecca Foster** already wrote A PERFECT REVIEW. Everything she wrote fits my experience!I enjoyed LISTENING to this book while walking. My guess is I would not have enjoyed 'reading' it half as much. (I might have been too judgmental) Personal things I'm looking at from this book:TIMES I HIDE OUT and SHUT down: in front of my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law! Isn...
  • Julie Christine
    There are books that meet you at just the right time, when you most need and are open to their messages. I can well imagine encountering the warm Texan embrace of Brené Brown's brand of social psychology at other times of my life and being turned off by its fierceness, volume and confidence. I may have looked askance at the cult of Brené Brown, with legions of devotees who discovered her through her TED talk gone viral, read her previous works,...
  • Stefani
    I'm perplexed. I enjoyed Daring Greatly and was excited to read Rising Strong. But, I wonder about "Pamela", frosting fingers woman, and the breastfeeding mom. I think acting with integrity, for me, would have been greater had the author sent "Pamela" and her boss the email. Instead of, in essence, sending the email to millions of people by publishing it in this book. I also question why she needed to make a point of stating how many syllables we...
  • Taffy
    When I read a self-help book, I realize not all of it will apply to me or I will take what I need at that moment. This book is no different BUT I took a lot of notes. It was intriguing and interesting. The book is full of stories to help the reader see the point Brene is trying to make. I used some of her ideas the next day and honestly felt better about my day and communication with the people around me. I grew up in a home that did not deal wit...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I come at this book from a few perspectives. First, I saw a librarian make a presentation on vulnerability in the classroom, and he quoted Brene's earlier book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, as the basis for his experiments with students. I think both he and the author herself would have recommended I read that book instead of this book. Why? Well, even the author makes freque...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Brown, a qualitative researcher in the field of social work, encourages readers to embrace vulnerability and transform failure and shame through a simple process of re-evaluating the stories we tell ourselves. The gimmicky terminology and frequent self-referencing grated on me a bit, but I appreciated how the book made me reconsider events from my own life. It’s the ideas that carry Rising Strong, so as long as you come to it expecting a useful...
  • Jaclyn Day
    I love Brene Brown. Of all the self-help, crunchy, inner-peace books I’ve read (and there have been…a few), Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection is still my favorite. Reading it was a life-changing experience. Rising Strong is equally good, and different from her other books in all the right ways. Rising Strong is much more personal. Brown uses many examples from her own life (and her marriage in particular) to illustrate her points, and the t...
  • Rincey
    I'm sure this book would've been impactful no matter when I read/listened to it, but MAN does it feel incredibly appropriate right now.
  • Colleen
    Perhaps I'm an outlier, but I feel like this an overly long rehashing of all that I already know and practice, and using terms like "rumbling" makes it a bit too precious. Drat.
  • Jennifer
    “Rising Strong” is the third in a series of recent books Brene Brown has written about the importance of vulnerability and authenticity in one’s life. Here she once again synthesizes her years of research, innate understanding of human behavior, and personal stories into a highly readable, relatable, and actionable self-improvement book. In her earlier works, Brown references the times in our lives when we will all feel like failures, eithe...
  • Debra Komar
    A bit too much academic "truthiness" for me. I knew I was in trouble when the author started with a disclaimer, saying that she believed in mixing qualitative research with story telling. This is some of the squishiest pseudo-science I have ever read. When there was no study or research to support her beliefs, she just pulls out a quote from a song or spiritual leader to fill the gap. I can't imagine what the folks at her university think of all ...
  • InJoy 2075
    Having read all of Ms. Brown’s previous books and listened to many of her “talks” via TED talks and podcasts, you could say I’m a “fan”. Her work on shame has been life changing for me and I assume many others.Though I enjoy personal stories as examples, she was “too personal” for me in this book. Perhaps it wasn’t the choice of examples she used but the intricate details. Obviously she felt they were important to make her point...
  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    I was introduced to Brene' Brown through her two popular "Ted Talks" one in The Power of Vulnerability (2010) and Listening to shame (2011). If you haven't seen these two 20 minute talks I highly recommend taking time to listen in order. Brene' Brown is a Shame and Vulnerability researcher. As she says, "that's garunteed to be a conversation stopper on an airplane...I'm a shame researcher...and I see you." Brown is a qualitative, rather than a qu...
  • Kathrynn
    I didn't care for the long stories...For me, I wanted to grasp what was being said without all the extra dialogue. Much of it felt like "filler" to me. There were some neat things that I noted, but it was hard sifting through all the "filler" to get to the data. I think it's fine to use a story to help make a point, but sum it up quickly and get to the point is my preference. Also, some of the stories the author relayed about her own life seemed....
  • Camille Viva
    A good non-fiction book infuses detailed stories and vignettes and links them to the main points and research in the text. I thought that the main points in this book were extremely interesting. I loved the topics of research that she discussed: resiliency and mindfulness especially, and also her focus on the importance of re-framing our initial emotional responses to aversive events. However, my main critique of the book is that I didn't like th...
  • WhatIReallyRead
    I'll say right away that I love Brene Brown. I've read three of her previous books back to back a few years ago, I've seen her TED talks and several interviews. This book wasn't what I thought it would be. It has a general feel to it. It talks about attitudes, ways of thinking and processing emotions for a healthier everyday life. Basically, it teaches to deal with anything from mild annoyances to a shitty week at work, or a hard weekend with you...
  • Jean
    "Curiosity is a shit-starter." My new favorite motto.
  • Moira Macfarlane
    Vond het een prettig en toegankelijk boek om te lezen. Voor mij zo’n ‘steuntje-in-de-rug-boek’ om open, empathisch in de wereld te blijven staan. Ik vind dat ze heel helder onderbouwt waarom in alle openheid praten over je kwetsbaarheden of daar waar je een gevoel hebt tekortgeschoten te zijn zo belangrijk is, maar vooral ook verrijkend. Zo ervaar ik dat zelf ook. Als je je laat inperken door wat mensen wel niet zouden denken, dan verlies j...
  • Peter Kalin
    I felt somewhat betrayed by this book. I read it on the strength of a TV interview in which Brown maintained that her 'research' led her to come to certain conclusions, however, upon reading the book, I was presented with nothing but anecdotal information laced with religious interpretations of certain events. Where was the research? The statistics? I don't endorse or dispute the results Brown points to, but I have to question her conclusions as ...
  • Tim Larison
    I received a complementary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of Brené Brown’s new book Rising Strong. From the cover: “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fail. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” I had heard Brené Brown speak with her power of vulnerability message but I had never read any of her books. I...
  • Diane
    I was disappointed with this book, which is not nearly as good or as helpful as Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection" or "Daring Greatly." In the book, she discusses the importance of setting boundaries and assuming that people are doing their best. To live BIG (Boundaries, Integrity, and Generosity), she proposes the following question:"What boundaries do I need to put in place so I can work from a place of integrity and extend the most generous i...
  • KrisTina
    Really a very strong, solid 4.5 stars. I listened to this book and it took me a long time to really get some momentum with it and understand her approach and definition to things that she refer to - words like "rumbling" and "reckoning" etc. However, this book was fantastic and I'm so grateful I kept moving forward because it was 100% worth my time. This is a book that I want to listen to and read and refer to again and again. I have spoken so hi...
  • Michael Britt
    It seems like Dr. Brown's work can get kind of repetitive, and this book definitely seemed to have some material that's been used before. But I still learned a lot from this book, along with her other one that I listened to. The recycled work doesn't take away from this one, though. It's still used in a way to help expand on her thoughts and points.
  • Chelsea Calder
    I'd like to rate this 3.5. As expected, Brene Brown proposes really fantastic and applicable processes for us as individuals, families, coworkers etc to recognize conflict and failure, and then rise from it having reckoned with our emotions and taking away 'key learnings.' The process she describes is instantly applicable to all of us, in both small and large scale crises. The fault I find in the book is simply the layout/outline. It takes about ...
  • Lenore Appelhans
    Absolutely resonated with a lot of stuff I've been "rumbling" with lately. Brown writes with such clarity about those difficult emotions like shame and heartbreak, and her thinking helped me continue to unpack my baggage in these areas. I love the idea of being curious enough about our strong reactions to look at the story we are telling ourselves and to go after information that will allow us to understand the true story. Also, this is such a gr...
  • Michelle
    This is the first book of Brene Brown's that I have read. Perhaps that is why her style did not resonate with me as it has with so many other readers. While I did find some chapters more compelling than others, I felt there was too much of the author herself in the book. I was hoping to be inspired, and was encouraged by all the positive reviews, but for me, this book missed the mark.
  • Kelly Deriemaeker
    Boeiend boek over vallen en weer opstaan. Over falen als kunst, bijna. Ik hou van de stijl van Brené Brown, en van hoe ze geweldig no nonsense tot de kern van veel zaken komt. Nice one.