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Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Review – The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work. She has authored several books including I Thought It Was Just Me, which dealt with shame and is well-known speaker.

Brown spent countless hours interviewing people and compiling data for this book. Her study lead her to realize that there are certain people who seem better adjusted and happier than most and these people embrace whole-hearted living. Though each of individuals is different from the other, they hold similarities in attitude and lifestyle choices, including how they deal with their own short comings and the disappointments life hands out. Based on these, Brown came up with 10 guideposts which we can apply to our lives to become more like these well-adjusted individuals.

Some of the things I appreciate most about this book is the author’s own admissions of her areas of struggle and what she learned along the way. She also includes illustrative stories and definitions to help us gain insight and suggestions of ways to grow and change. I give this four out of five stars.

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