• Kath Gigg

Review of ‘Braving the Wilderness’ by Brené BrowN

For many business book group members this was the first of Brené Browns books we had read.

It is a very easy read, full of lovely little stories and anecdotes. We felt this was where she was at her strongest and most readable.

Like many self-help books this book will be of interest to a large number of people looking for inspiration a deeper understanding of themselves. For us, whilst many parts were interesting, we missed a more rigourous explanation and interpretation of her research. We certainly don’t want long tables and standard deviations but more detail would have made it easier to see when writing with anecdotal, personal experience, or based on scientifically conducted research.

We discussed much and chapter five ‘Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.’ was applauded for its discussion around guns. It was very interesting to see different perspectives on this very topic issue once stripped of the emotional rhetoric.

Later in the chapter she quotes Elie Wiesel suggesting that neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Always take sides and base your plea on fact just emotion.

We concluded by considering a quote from Maya Angelou which features throughout the book.

‘You are only free when you realise you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.’

Each one of us came with our own interpretation the quote, the spiritual or religious nature of the message. There was some consensus that this related to being comfortable in your skin and recognising the power that comes with it.

‘Braving the Wilderness’ is an enjoyable read and I guess like most things if you read it at the right time in your life could be very influential.

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