Just Finished: Daring Greatly (BlogHer Book Club)

I sign up for BlogHer BookClub list before I really read what the book is. I know, right? But the list closes fast! I’ve waited 5 minutes to fill it out and not been able to get in. Plus, I’ve finished every book I’ve been assigned and don’t mind trying new genres and have read a few books that I never would have picked up otherwise and enjoyed them. That said, I did not realize when I signed up for Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly that it was nonfiction of the self-help/personal growth variety. I was not looking forward to reading it at all.

Well, I was wrong and it was awesome. It is non-fiction, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it self-help. It sat on my nightstand for a few days and I had trouble getting in to it. Part of my problem was that it was on my nightstand. This book isn’t bedtime reading, at least not for me. It needs a (relatively) fresh brain and certainly an open mind.

It wasn’t until the shame topic where I really got in to the book. The book starts with a section of living wholeheartedy and vulnerability and through those I remained a skeptic, but during the section on shame, I was ready to throw myself at Brene Brown’s feet and scream “why are you in my braaaiiin?”

I don’t really know how to review or report on this book. It will mean something different to everyone, but I definitely think you should read it. And you. And you and you and you, too. This book inspired me to take notes with quotes and page numbers, which I never do anymore. I’m halfway through reading it for the second time right now and I’m tempted to unleash the high-lighters.

One of the first things in the book that really resonated with me was “if you own this story you get to write the ending” as said in reference to making a mistake. Too often, I’ve found myself wanting to dodge or deflect responsibility for my actions or just ducking down and turning inward and hoping that what ever happened just blows over. That’s no way to live.

Brene Brown’s statements in regards to parenting really hit home as well. There’s discussion of the ubiquity of a mothers shame and an entire chapter on parenting. What stuck with me the most is the question: are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be? When I read that question, my immediate thought was no. Obviously, I have some thinking to do.

I might write more about Daring Greatly later. Honestly, I’m still processing. It was amazing, go get it. I’m not just saying that because this is a sponsored review either. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. The first BlogHer Book Club discussion on Daring Greatly is The Vulnerability Hangover.


This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


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3 Responses to “Just Finished: Daring Greatly (BlogHer Book Club)”

  1. Annie says:

    wow. I really really want to get this book now. I’m gonna check it out on Amazon. Sounds like a very eye-opening read!


  2. Audrey says:

    lol! We wrote the same review. “I didn’t read what the book was…I was totally deflated when I saw what it was…I LOVED THIS BOOK.” hahaha!


    Amy Reply:

    I just got to yours in my reader. Hysterical!


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