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  • The Gifts of Imperfection, 10th Anniversary Edition

  • Features a New Foreword
  • Written by: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,124 ratings)

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Written by: Brené Brown
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The 10th-anniversary edition of the game-changing number one New York Times best seller, featuring a new foreword.

For more than a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what's now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in 35 different languages across the globe. 

What transforms this book from words to effective daily practices are the 10 guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. 

Brené writes, "This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance." 

©2020 Brené Brown (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Bringing me to tears...

Your books have been incredibly helpful. My therapist got me started and now I'm hooked. I'm unpacking 47yrs of being controlled, manipulated, used, beat, and many other things that my mother spit my way. Her form of punishment was to have me bare bummed, leaning over the tub and hitting me with my dad's belt. it wasn't like one or two hits. She would hit me with every new sentence leaving my little body full of welts- on my bum or legs or back causing welts all over. My first memory of her anger and wrath was I was 2 and my hair was tangled. She became very frustrated because I was crying and telling her it hurt. She then used the wooden side of the brush and hit me on the head. I told my Granny about the memory hoping it wasn't true, but she confirmed it. Apparently mom called her mom and asked to come get us. Mom told her what happened.
Then at 4 years old, mom came after me for a minor thing and yelling to get "ready" - bare bum over tub "ready". I don't remember being beat that day, because my 13 year old brother stepped in and took it for me. So so so many things similar throughout my life. I could write a book about this stuff.
And guess what? I was always there for her, especially after my dad died. She was an alcoholic rage filled mean 5' person and despite it all, I was the one who had her live with me after getting her test results, CANCER, Pancreatic to be specific.
We were give a 6 to 9 months timeline. She died in 6weeks. She wasn't all bad and I do believe that she loved me. ..... I hope so. That was almost 4yrs ago and I've been working on dealing with the trauma caused throughout my life and I have THE BEST THERAPIST EVER!

Thank you for your brilliance, your stories, you dedication and your vulnerability. ( I'm still working on that one. My walls have protected me many times)

A loyal Canadian fan,
Tracy Campbell

Spruce Grove Alberta

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An excellent read!

This was a very excellent listen/read! I enjoyed the 10 guide posts that Vrene discusses to live a whole hearted life. Her humor, along with her authenticity and life experiences make for a great lesson. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore how they can improve their life; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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it was pretty good

Some good advice but lots of rambling examples that were hard to follow. It felt like a lot of time was wasted on bla bla bla. I also didn't really like the parts about god, but I understand that aspect is an important part of the authors life, it just doesn't resonate with me.

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Everyone needs this book in their life!

Brene has such a gift of storytelling, being able to sit with you through the tough stuff, and inspires you to live life authentically. I was sad the book ended and only wanted more! Brene's work has changed my life more than she will ever know, and I have nothing but love and gratitude for her, please keep sharing your gifts!

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Self-help at its finest!

Brené Brown is the real deal. This book is deep but instantly relatable. Brown never talks down to her reader, and several parts had me chuckling. Don't let that fool you though, lots to mull over in this one. One of the few in this genre I am going to sincerely recommend to others.

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Brené’s writing and reading are always what I need

As usual, after listening to or read something of Brené’s work, I feel like the world is ok. Her honesty and sincerely are always appreciated and you know going into it and while listening that it’s not fake, you won’t be disappointed and you will learn more than you thought you could after reading or listening to all of her other work. A must listen and I will have to listen to it again another time. Well done and thank you.

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So very grateful

I realize it's never too late to practice new behaviours and attitudes so thank you, Brené for the gift of this book. It's inspiring and uplifting and full of hope. I'm purchasing copies for my daughters for Christmas.

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Fantastic….again!

This is the second time I’ve read this book. The first time was shortly after it’s first release and now I listened to the audio book while holding my paper copy.

I loved being able to hear the book narrated by Brene. It was like being at a presentation, only I could pause and reflect as needed.

I love how the concepts still hold true 10 years after first published. I think it will continue to stand the test of time.

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A book that has to be read more than twice…. At least.

Listened to every chapter twice on the train across canada from Toronto to Vancouver…… was the ideal companion to help me on my ‘Reset’ and Move forward life plan after a challenging 18 months. Loved the fact that it read by Brene’s herself. No other voice could have perfected those intonations!

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Another AMAZING must-read by Brene!

If you enjoyed Rising Strong, then you will absolutely love how this book describes the ten guideposts of wholehearted living. This is yet another inspiring book, written with Brene's wit, humour, intelligence, and wisdom. She shares her own personal stories and clearly guides the reader through understanding the ten guideposts. I will definitely be reading it more than once.

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