Book Review: Gifts of Imperfection

7015403The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

★★★★★ – 5 stars out of 5

I initially picked up this book to read with a group of my closest girlfriends, I never having heard of Brené Brown or any of her books before. Brown’s writing style, raw authenticity, and openness drew me in right away and kept me hooked to her encouraging words to the very end.

The extended title says it all – this book is a guide to a living a wholehearted life but, even more so, learning to say:

No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.

Brown opens up the book explaining her own journey (her “breakdown spiritual awakening”), her research on shame, and what led her to writing this book. What I appreciate most about this book is that the information she shares is not only based on her own research but the research of others. From the very beginning she sets out asking you, as the reader, to answer several questions to get you thinking about your own story and any shame you may be experiencing.

What follows is ten guideposts to help shape and build up your life covering topics such as intuition, trusting faith, and the importance of laughter, song, and dance. At the end of each guidepost she also offers the acronym DIG deep – Get deliberate, get inspired, and get going and how each apply to the different guideposts. At no point in this book does she insist that her opinion is the correct one or pressure the reader into a set of tasks that have to be accomplished but offers it openly and encourages the reader to take and shape it to their own life and understanding.

I found this book so encouraging, uplifting,  and highly recommend it to anyone no matter where you are in life.

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