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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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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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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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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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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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loved this

thank you so much. this was amazing and would gladly recommend to anyone struggling todsy

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quick read

Quick read but not a book that says they have a quick fix. I love that about her!

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  • 2021-06-15

Needed this my whole life!

I've been needing this book my whole life. I've been sharing some of the things I've learned with my high school students. I hope to help them work through some of these issues now rather than when they are an adult, like me.

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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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  • Julie H.
  • 2020-09-09

Started and finished today

I love Brené Brown’s work, having only (somehow) discovered her work in the last year. I tend to believe it’s the “when the student is ready the teacher appears thing.” Anyway - while on vacation and focusing on my “play” I listened “cover to cover” today, especially enjoying that Brené reads her own work. This is just so freaking GOOD and powerful . I will listen again and again, and yes, go to the “hub” to pull down all the things also released today to accompany. What a teacher and what a great thing to be a part of, Brené’s community

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  • 2020-09-11

Many, many 'Aha!' moments

If you haven't experienced any of Brené's work before, you are missing something from your life. If you aren't sure yet, start with her TED talks, Netflix special, and The Power of Vulnerability audio book. I have almost all the audibles and will be getting the hardcover books because she literally changed my life.

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  • Megan M. Jeffries
  • 2020-11-14

Anecdotal drivel

I’ve tried a few times to get Brené Brown. I still can’t. I think it maybe because she has breadth but no depth. She covers everything on the surface level and all her anecdotes are personal instead of from a variety of people who she supposedly researches. I am tired of this genre of women self-help books who all essentially say “you should be happy no matter your circumstances because I am and this is how I do it so why aren’t you?”. If you want a book that actually is written by a real researcher with more than personal anecdotes then check out Emotional Agility by Susan David. That book actually helped instead of pandering to the anxious masses.

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  • Nick
  • 2020-09-10

Thank you Brene

One listen will never be enough.

Sharing it with my wife and kids.

Also highly recommend following Brene's recommendation to do the wholehearted inventory first.

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  • Laura Nelson
  • 2020-09-10

This was my birthday guft to myself

So excited to have gifts with Brene reading. I loved the last narrator but it’s just not Brene. The principles in this book changed my life and lead to my own spiritual awakening. Brene breaks down vulnerability and how to live an authentic life. Love love love!!! Thank you Dr. Brown!

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  • Marty Scantlen
  • 2020-09-09

Brene is authentic

I’ve already read and listened to the first edition of this book, but I was so excited to hear that Brene had narrated this new 10th anniversary edition. It did not disappoint. I think I will make it a practice to listen to this audiobook once per year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-10

Great book!

It is about time to get in the arena. I have lots of work to do but this book helps me know I am worth it and deserve to live whole heartedly. Thank you Brené my daughter Faith introduced your work to me early this year and what a gift it has been! So appreciate your honesty and integrity!
In gratitude,
Beth MacDonald

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  • Corissa Dill
  • 2020-11-11

Worth every minute

Loved this book so much, I'm fairly sure I finished it faster than I have ever finished a book. Take the time. I'm buying a hard copy to have for my library.

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  • Trevor Baker
  • 2020-10-31

Excellent resource for most all people

This exposesThe fallacies of the human mind. It exposes our false need to be perfect and to see the value of ourselves both and self-worth and self-esteem. When the reader really puts work and effort into the things taught, depression can be reduced.

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  • Logan P.
  • 2020-09-14

Worth the read, and the double read...

Inspirational, tough to hear at times, and words to share with yourself and those around you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-29

loved it

loved it so much I read it twice immediately. love the way she makes us feel connected

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  • Kilyan Del Verme
  • 2020-09-16

One of the bests self reflection authors in my opinion

I was waiting for this book to be finally read by the author, I’m so glad she did ! I love her narrative style as well as the content, which is always very helpful. Brené Brown inspires my daily life and my professional growth, all her books should be read again and again. Thank you Brené Brown 🙏🏻