Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection~Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection remains, after many readings, one of my favorite books to recommend for the person seeking to develop an authentic and intentional life. The best part–Dr. Brown’s work is backed by years of grounded theory research, which means this isn’t just her opinion, but a representation of how real people engage in an authentic and intentional life. It’s a book of encouraging and supportive ideas to cultivate a life of intention, a life of meaning, purpose, and joy.

Americans have created a society structured on the idea of “doing” rather than “being”. We calculate worth by achievements, bank accounts, to-do lists, and busyness. None of these are bad in and of themselves. However, if we are “doing” without knowing why or understanding how that “doing” reflects who God uniquely created us to be, it’s not intentional and most likely will lead to sadness, burnout, disillusionment, and soul-crushing loss of purpose. Dr. Brown addresses these issues and so much more. Authenticity is countercultural and it requires intention. But, let me tell you, it is so much more soul-satisfying than the alternative! An authentic, intentional life grows in wisdom, relationship, and love, each and every day. A great read!

“I made a promise to myself that when I felt emotionally, physically, and spiritually done, I’d try slowing down rather than relying on my old standbys: pushing through, soldering on, and sucking it up…” Brené Brown

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