Book Review: Rising Strong by Brene’ Brown

There is nothing like reading a book that completely transforms the way you thought about your approach to life.  This book does just that.

Those who are closest to me know that I absolutely love Brene’ Brown’s work. Her books are so insightful and come with tips and tricks that you can start applying the very next day.  After reading this book, you’ll be prepared to take on your toughest thoughts and learn how to navigate through them.

Brene’ Brown is known for her research on shame and vulnerability – two subjects that are a slightly taboo; yet, I didn’t realize how prevalent they were in my own life.  This book is considered the third in her series on the topic.  In Rising Strong, Brown focuses on how to think about what you’re thinking about.  I appreciate the way she breaks this down because there are not a lot of books out there that walk down the thought process of going from damaging initial thoughts to then taking control of your emotions.

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There are a plethora of scenarios that Brown uses to get her point across.  From interacting with your own children to communicating at work, she teaches us the way to properly place our thoughts into the right perspective.

Since reading this book, I’ve begun to apply what I learned from Brown.  I can honestly say that her strategies work! Here are just a few ways I’ve seen change within myself in just the past few weeks:

  1. My emotions are no longer driving my conversations and situations.
  2. I am developing the skill to slow down time to identify what I am feeling and why.
  3. I am able to convey more appropriate emotional language to describe my initial reactions and feelings.

Overall, I consider this book to be therapy in print.  I recommend highlighting and annotating as you go through the pages so that you can better internalize the material.   I also recommend practicing what you learn from each chapter while you’re reading  – it will make your engagement that much more impactful.  Because of that, Rising Strong is a book that you will be able to definitely revisit over and over.


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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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