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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by by Brené Brown – Guest Review

I ordered The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are on Amazon and one week later, I was highlighting words like a mad woman. As I was writing I kept thinking, “Wow, she gets me! I mean, she REALLY knows me!”

Experiencing this while reading Brené Brown’s self-help book leads me to believe that many of us go through a lot of the feelings she describes.

Before we continue, I should point out – I recommend buying this book over borrowing it. You’re going to find yourself wanting to highlight and take notes in this one. The number of moving quotes you’re going to uncover are really going to get you to start thinking. Since I finished the book, I’ve already gone back several times to review some of my notes when I needed a little inspirational push.

The author of this book structures it in such a way that it’s super easy for her readers to digest. There are 15 sections of the book and only 130 pages in total.

She shares a chunk of information in her short self-help book, while carefully keeping her readers interested. She does this by continuously dropping in her own personal stories of failure, heartache, as well as successes which make The Gifts of Imperfection truly relatable and real.

For those looking for an easy read don’t stress too much, there isn’t a huge amount of technical language thrown in which would have you googling every second word to comprehend what’s taking place in the book. The author’s writing style makes you feel like you’re listening to a conversation with easily digestible advice.

She doesn’t beat around the bush but rather, tells it like it is in simple, everyday language. The Gifts of Imperfection will leave you feeling like you’ve had coffee with a friend, or a mini therapy session packed with simple, yet powerful advice. The author keeps things real for the reader and even provides broken down definitions throughout each section.

A few key takeaways…

The Gifts of Imperfection begins with an introduction to the concept of Wholehearted Living, which the author researched for several years prior to authoring her book. She wants her reader to understand that no matter what a day brings and how productive you are, you ARE ENOUGH.

Sounds simple.

But, reading about it really makes you reflect on how hard you are on your own self every day. Often, we don’t celebrate what we accomplish – even little, tiny victories. But, we really should in order to fill up our self-love tank.

Brown also explains the importance of the 3 C’s – Courage, Compassion, and Connection. These are seen throughout the 10 guideposts she presents throughout the rest of The Gifts of Imperfection.

Below are a few of my favorite quotes from passages throughout the book:

  • “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are…this is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives” (Brown 50).
  • “We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of…we’re starving from a lack of gratitude” (Brown 83).
  •  “It’s easy to see how difficult it is to make time for the important things such as creativity, gratitude, joy, and authenticity when we’re spending enormous amounts of energy conforming and competing” (Brown 95).
  • “Play shapes our brain, helps us foster empathy, helps us navigate complex social groups, and is at the core of creativity and innovation” (Brown 101).

Like I said, I highly suggest you purchase this book over borrowing it. You’ll more than likely find yourself going back to re-read your notes and highlights on days when you need little reminders to keep yourself going.

Take the time to invest in yourself.

You won’t regret it!


~ Writing in the Fast Lane thanks Rachel Barber for sharing her review of The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown. To learn more on what Rachel does, pop over here to learn more.~

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