Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation ab...

Details Braving the Wilderness

TitleBraving the Wilderness
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherBooks on Tape
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology

Reviews Braving the Wilderness

  • Lucille Zimmerman
    I gave this book five stars because as usual Brown has done her research, and she is a masterful storyteller. These are the two passions of my life: research and storytelling.I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and an author, so I devour Brown's books. My favorite is The Power of Vulnerability. I have watched her TED talks probably a hundred times. I tell every one of my clients to read her books and watch her videos. I'm a huge fan.However, th...
  • Mehrsa
    She phoned this one in. There's good stuff in here because she's awesome, but there's not enough to warrant a new book. I do wish she would try again to think through tribe and inclusion. Her insights are good and useful, but there is no coherent theory or story here.
  • Olga Tomchin
    Huge disappointment. My partner who read the book with me pointed out that Brown mentions that she has a problem with not giving uninformed opinions on political topics but then she goes and does exactly that with much of this book. This is white liberal centrist lady kumbaya bullshit. She doesn't seem to understand how systemic violence works or oppression. There's an extreme amount of false equivalency in the book. Calling trump a pig is not at...
  • Joy Matteson
    It ended TOO SOON. *cries silently*Brown's words are life-affirming, challenging. Her books tend to re-verberate in my soul, in my mind--so I'm actively savoring them as I go about my day. I belong to myself--and I belong to no one. Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil. Pithy, perhaps--cliched, maybe. But there's simplicity in the brevity here, as one knows Brown has done an avalanche worth of data analysis to back up her simplified phrases.
  • Emma
    Sorry Brene Brown, you lost me on this one. I love you but all I could think throughout this was "easy for you to say, white middle class Christian lady."
  • Tucker
    Brene Brown’s new book “Braving The Wilderness” is her most vital and necessary book yet. The book’s subject is how to build and maintain connections and a sense of belonging while also staying true to ourselves and our beliefs. Through her research studies, personal experiences, and case studies combined with her remarkable perceptiveness and wisdom she provides essential directions through the wilderness of loneliness and disconnection....
  • Renee
    Although I like Brene Brown, I have to admit that this book was quite a bit of a letdown for me. I was looking for so much more. I don't feel that there was enough "new" information to warrant a new book, let alone a 163 page book that has a $28 price tag attached to it. In the end, Brene published a book on the backs of the numerous people that she quotes throughout the short book. I'm not impressed.
  • Stephanie
    The best description I have for Brene' Browns' books is she is constantly dropping truth bombs on my head and Braving the Wilderness is no exception. Navigating issues like shame, the persisting feeling of loneliness that people feel in a world that is more connected than ever, and how to humanize people who believe differently than ourselves, are not easy issues to tackle. Brown does so with research backed data and stories from her own life wit...
  • Emily Troutman
    I usually love Brene's books, but this one just didn't seem to move me like the others have. I don't fully understand why she felt the need to make it so political. The same points could have been made, in my opinion, without them.
  • Amanda
    “Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to p...
  • ttg
    I'm a fan of Brown's work (and TED talk), but this was just okay. I don't think she had enough pulled together/thought through for a full release, so it feels not as complete. As if rushed for a deadline.I like the ideas of being brave with one's conviction, and willing to put yourself out there, even if you're alone to stand up for what you believe, but this still felt very *white* and from a protected, "majority" space.Two pieces that frustrate...
  • Liza Fireman
    I will never get tired from listening to Brene Brown. She is so awesome, so authentic, so vulnerable. And on audio, she is even better. She is funny, witty and amazing. In this book, Brene is talking much more about belonging, or the feeling of not belonging. A tough feeling. And the small tiny incidents are the ones that create sometimes the largest scars of are souls. Here is one such example, soul crusher one.The list was in numeric order. If ...
  • Taryn Pierson
    I have been aware of Brené Brown’s work for a while now but had put off reading her because sometimes self-help seems a little too...something for me. I’m very committed to the idea that I am perfect in every way and therefore need no help of any kind. I’m also cynical and get squicky when venturing too far into feelings territory. Of course, since Brown has made a career of studying vulnerability and shame, reading her book challenged me ...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Three stars instead of four because the book is very short; it felt like she was just starting to get into the good stuff when it ended, much to my disappointment.
  • Reem A
    I kinda hated it. I don’t understand why she chose to talk about American politics for half the book. I’m not American, and as much as am aware of what’s happening on that side of the world, I have no interest in reading about it. I felt like it was shoved down my throat. It started out really well. But I didn’t really learn anything new. Also, I think I might’ve confused this book for something else. I thought she was working on a book...
  • Jen
    I won't go into too much detail as to why I liked the book. The book is short and to the point. Many, many sections stood out to me. I will highlight some of my favorites. "Today we are edging closer and closer to a world where political and ideological discourse has become an exercise in dehumanization. And social media are the primary platforms for our dehumanizing behavior. On Twitter and Facebook we can rapidly push the people with whom we d...
  • Michael Britt
    Brené Brown is probably my favorite non-fiction writer. Her stuff is always so good!! This one was so short that after reading it, I bought the audiobook and listened to it. So good both times!! I love when she narrates her own stuff. While after a reading everything she's put out, most of her stuff does get a tad repetitive, this was the exception. Everything here feels so fresh and new. Highly recommend this book and just about anything else s...
  • Chris
    I used to be obsessed with politics. Every Sunday morning would be spent with "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation." But somewhere in the ensuing years, things changed. While I talk with my friends face to face every Friday evening about the past week's news, I have made a vow never to discuss or post anything online about politics. Nope, never again. I made a comment on Facebook regarding my views on the Electoral College soon after last fall's...
  • Danielle
    Oh. My. Gosh. Amazing. I didn't think it was possible for Brene to raise the bar even more, but she did. Everything I needed to hear and have felt. A MUST read!
  • Leanne
    Not my favorite of Brown's work, but there are some good points throughout and much to debate and discuss. A bit too political for my taste, I mean can we have a break please?
  • Rebecca
    Update Jan 2018:I read this back in September of last year and forgot to update my review. It was fantastic as always!July 2017:Can't wait to read this!!
  • Patience Phillips
    There's SO many points to touch on. Impossible to. Instead, I'll list a few favorite parts. Knowing this is different for everyone who reads. When Brene' storytells the moment she recognized not 'belonging' to her family. Tears well up. Turned off the audio book. Visited her Instagram page sifting for comfort where others would vibe similar. Left a message for her and the page. Feeling less alone. Start listing to the book againWrapping myself ar...
  • Mary Lange
    I LOVED this book. Loved, loved, loved. As a therapist, I read a lot of similarly pop-psych, self-help-y reads not just to recommend to my clients (because of course I prescribe bibliotherapy OFTEN), but to keep up-to-date on the ongoing conversation around mental health and self-help (and keep learning, professionally and personally!). But rarely do I find a book as relatable, real, and truth-speaking as those written by Brene. This one may be o...
  • Alena
    huge fan of brene, her humor and her work. unfortunately I thought this book was not as concise as gifts of imperfection and waffled around actionable changes the reader can apply. it seemed rushed although it had me in awe multiple times. I thought she could do better. it was heavily influenced by American events over the past couple years which is not universal for non Americans. it wasn't as accessible as her previous teachings imo.
  • Simone
    Brene Brown’s guidance on how to lean into conflict effectively is both user-friendly and necessary in today’s political and social climate in which we often forget that “right” is just as extreme as “wrong.” So much can be accomplished by three words: tell me more.Where I take issue with this book is on the subject of belonging. The importance of thinking for oneself, being authentic, and resisting norms are old concepts. Emerson wro...
  • Nikki Williams
    Six million stars! I listened to the audio book and finished it in one day. I felt like she was speaking not only directly to me, but about me. There were too many shared, specific life experiences and examples that are my own not to wonder if she is either my soul sister or wiretapped my head somehow. I wish everyone would read this and understand not only themselves better, but me! It should have been entitled Braving the Wilderness: A Note to ...
  • Katherine
    I am moved by how applicable this topic is to me right now. To be able to connect with those we love and understand our disagreements, is a holy endeavor.
  • Jennie Canzoneri
    Damn, I love Brene Brown. She's becoming an absolute must-read for me, and I leave her writing with so much to think about, but mostly with such a commitment to continue working toward being my most authentic self (which sounds a little eye-rolly, but never ever feels eye-rolly when I'm reading).I loved so much about this book — from the loneliness epidemic, "self-sorting," social media, gossip, collective joy, joy itself, and so much more. I l...
  • Donna
    I can see how people either love this book or hate it. I, for one, loved it. I could relate to her message and at the same time, I felt I was learning something. Both of those together, gets 5 stars and I would read this again.We are definitely in different camps on some of the topics she mentioned, but she wasn't hostile or pointing fingers. The world, especially when considering the current political climate, could use more of that. I wasn't fa...