The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brené Brown
From Publisher's Weekly...
Brown, author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but It Isn't), again
urges us to expose and expel our insecurities in order to have the most
fulfilling life possible. Her latest is a guidebook for pilgrims on the
journey to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage,
compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection.
She has defined 10
guideposts for personal introspection, which involve cultivating some
positive quality, whether it be authenticity, self-compassion, or a
resilient spirit, intuition, meaningful work, or laughter. Each
guidepost is the focus of a chapter that contains illustrative stories,
primarily from her own life; definitions, including the difference
between shame and guilt; quotes from such diverse sources as Diane
Ackerman and E.E. Cummings; and brief suggestions of activities that she
pursues with the assumption that they might help her audience.
these activities are highlighted in her introduction to the book, they
are in short supply and the book functions more as a chatty meditation
on the guideposts. Despite occasional moments of insight, this book's
primary value may be in spurring thought and providing references to
other authors that will provide further inspiration for those seeking a
more meaningful life.