Rising Strong

Rising Strong

by Brené Brown


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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

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Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.


“[Brené Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . Brené empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”—The Huffington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812995824
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 131,483
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her TED talk—“The Power of Vulnerability”—is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than forty million views. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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Rising Strong 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Reading Brené Brown without a highlighter and a pen is akin to eating soup with a serving fork – you may get a taste but there is so much missed that you will have to go return with a spoon anyway. Few are the pages that were not worthy of extensive emphasis in this (and is also true with other works) important book. As is typical of Dr. Brown’s work, this book is filled with empirical research, personal stories and clear discussion of her salient points. In her fourth book, Dr. Brown addresses the common experience of falling/failing/not accomplishing a goal. This is practically presented deep research on the adage, “It is not how often you fall - it is how often you get up that matter.” The author extends that thought to include not just getting up, but doing so with strength, clarity, empowered and renewed determination. According to her “Rising Strong Process” the individual does: The Reckoning – “walking into our stories.” Recognize emotion, and get curious about our feelings and how they connect with the way we think and behave. The Rumble – “owning our story.” Getting honest about the stories we are making up about the struggle(s) [“I’m a failure,” “I’m not smart enough,” etc.], challenge the lies and assumptions to find the truth, what is self-protection and what needs to change in order to live wholehearted lives. The Revolution - “writing a new ending.” This “new story” is based upon the key learning from the rumble and helps us change how we engage with the world and transform how we are living. (p.36) The above outline is fleshed out in the 270 pages of text. The author gives suggestions for how to engage with the process and allow it to “do its work” in the lives of the individual. Through the personal stories she uses to illuminate the process, and by the (very) brief attempts I made at using some of the steps, this practice is not easy and it requires the person stepping into it to face some powerful, often scary, realities. One does not have to be brave to do so, but one WILL realize how brave they are after facing those stories/demons/darkness. I would suggest anyone interested in doing this work do so while in connection with a caring professional (i.e. a counselor). Dr. Brown suggests connecting with such an individual who has been trained in “The Daring Way,” a self-discovery model developed by her. Anyone can read the book and the work proposed within its pages. Many will find benefit and find their world(s) have been affected in a positive way. Some will begin to do this course and will stop for whatever reasons. I would recommend those interested in “changing their story” from defeat to possibility to pick it up and give it a read. The worst thing you can lose is a bit of time. The best you can expect is a changed life.
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HerronHealing More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of the best books I have ever read. So great that I actually gave it to my counselor. The only part I had trouble with was the constant mention of "my research shows...." over and over. It made those sections seem impersonal and more like we are just research subjects...in a book that is actually talking about being very connected to others on a deep level. I would recommend this book to anyone though and I found myself under-lining and highlighting multiple sections.
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AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Brene Brown never ceases to amaze me with her messages of hope. My counselor has always recommended her books to me, so it was wonderful to have a chance to review this one. I feel very empowered after reading this. This was the perfect read for me, as I have several illnesses that make me feel like I am falling in to the unknown. But, knowing that I can persevere through my story, was a true gift.
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Aqswr More than 1 year ago
Our stories interpret our lives for us, they provide context, shape and meaning, to all that we are, have been and hope to be. Whether our stories are heroic or not will determine the level of resilience we bring to the random slings and arrows that reach us. Sometimes heroic tales seem increasingly out of reach, as though our internal storyteller has lost all energy. This book, and this author, provide very concrete ways for dealing with life's adversities and regaining internal strength and power. Brene Brown is herself a gifted storyteller, one able to convey the critical roles of our own stories and the value of authenticity, strength and courage, regardless of how large or refined the stage on which we perform. This is a book that presents workshop-like exercises and offers a concrete set of outcomes. I received my copy from NetGalley and the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for showing your vulnerabilities for our learning! Well done!
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The shy girl walked in her face hidden in her hoodie