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, Personal Development

Reviews Rising Strong

  • Anna
    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 100-proof arrogance. Brown's "Rising" 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 Hou...
  • 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 Walters
    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...
  • Calista
    Transformative. This book is a way with handling emotions that come up in life. When we feel an emotion like anger or shame, there is something behind this being triggered. This is a way of working through those emotions. Brene is an excellent storyteller. She has done a ton of research on the issues and collected 1,000s of stories from her life and others over the years. In this one, she talks of an experience at Pixar. It was a neat story. She ...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rebecca
    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...
  • Colleen
    I'm definitely an outlier here, as I feel like this is an overly long rehashing of all that I already know (everything is not about me) and practice. Using terms like "rumbling" makes it a bit too precious. Drat.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Kimber
    I can't help but feel that she should have just written an article on this theme. The book is mainly filler, boring anecdotes, references to other, better works. I don't like her writing style and speed-read this because I disliked it so much. Not sure I will give this writer another chance. And what she wrote about how "serial killers and terrorists are doing the best they can" must be the most idiotic statement of all time. Then in the same sec...
  • Jean
    "Curiosity is a shit-starter." My new favorite motto.
  • 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...
  • Whitney
    Another amazing read by Brené Brown. All the same reviews apply to this so just going include my favorite quotes:“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we...
  • BookOfCinz
    January 2020 I read Rising Strong for the first time in 2019 and I was blown away but home much the book and the teachings resonated with me. I think for the entire 2019 I made a conscious decision to be more vulnerable and live wholeheartedly and for the most part it worked. This time around what really resonated with me was how the story I tell myself when things happen. I liked that Brene Brown really focused on this because it is something I ...
  • My_Strange_Reading
    #mystrangereading Rising Strong by Brené Brown So, I have basically decided that I will read anything by this woman and would be willing to listen to her speak on any subject. She is so knowledgeable, witty, sassy and so awe-inspiringly vulnerable. What I loved about this book as a follow-up to Daring Greatly was that it was research AND story driven. I love that she recognized the important role that stories play in our lives, and I just love ...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • WhatIReallyRead (Anna)
    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...
  • Jessica Merrill
    Oh my God, this book annoyed me. I've been "rumbling" with the reason it bothered me so much. There is some great wisdom here--truly! ("self-righteousness is just the armor of self-loathing")--but so much of this book is a rambling, faux-groundbreaking treatise on what should be basic common sense. OH, so we need to deal with our emotions and confront conflict head-on? Glad your years of research and professional experience panned THAT one out, D...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tara Bloom
    I didn’t finish the book. I made it as far as only chapter 3 or 4. It was exceedingly grating and I just couldn’t choke down anymore. It’s not a fault of Ms. Brown’s that she’s privileged and successful, but when reaching for examples of hardships and struggles to illustrate her book’s thesis that the darkness is a necessary, if silent and shadow part of a journey to resiliency, the examples she serves up reek of a white, rich life in...
  • 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...
  • Chelsea Wilson
    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 ...