Author’s Note: Occasionally you will find reviews of books I’ve read that you may find helpful while working through your grief or dealing with life in general. There will be more coming before Thanksgiving so you can add some to your Christmas list.
I recently finished reading Brene Brown’s newest book Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.
Now I’ve had the book since it was released last year. I’ve read it a little at a time. This is the first book of Brown’s that I have finished reading. Still have a 1/2 finished Daring Greatly on my Kindle and a 3/4 read Gifts of Imperfection on my bookshelf.
Not sure why I’ve not finished reading them. They are good books and her Ted Talk is wonderful.
Rising Strong is an informative book with steps to getting back up that will help you deal with any nasty life event. There are numerous examples of people using Brown’s process, including Brown herself.
Don’t expect the book to be all serious material, as the story about Brown cleaning up the litter outside her church is priceless.
While it is an informative book worth buying, reading, and implementing, the words that resonated most with me are found on page 22:
I often say, “Show me a woman who can hold space for a man in real fear and vulnerability, and I’ll show you a woman who’s learned to embrace her own vulnerability and who doesn’t derive her power or status from that man. Show me a man who can sit with a woman in real fear and vulnerability and just hear her struggle without trying to fix it or give advice, and I’ll show you a man who’s comfortable with his own vulnerability and doesn’t derive his power from being Oz, the all-knowing and all-powerful.”
This is what society needs, people who will listen to other people’s story without criticism, condemnation, or a Wizard of Oz-like attitude. We need people who will show up and support one another. After all just being there is not only the #1 way to help widows, but it is the #1 way to help anyone at any time in any circumstance.
Read the book and see what words speak to your heart and help you learn who you are, and how to rise again even stronger than before when life knocks you down.
Disclaimer: All thoughts are my own. I do not receive any compensation from Brene Brown or Amazon for posting this review and links.