Book Review | The Gifts of Imperfection
Author: Brene Brown
Do you ever worry about what other people think or whether you are good enough? The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown is a book that reminds us that our feelings of inadequacy may be rooted in the media’s vision of “who, what and how we should be.”
For 10 years, Dr. Brown conducted a study on human vulnerability and shame called Wholehearted Living. In The Gifts of Imperfection she lays a foundation for teaching us how to live an authentic life and discusses the barriers that may hinder us along the way. There are 10 “Guideposts” that will explore how the reader can “cultivate courage, compassion and the feeling that no matter how much is left undone, I am enough.”
I was particularly impacted by the section titled “Digging Deep” where the author discusses breaking your “dig deep” button that we automatically push through when “we are exhausted and overwhelmed and when there’s too much to do and too little time for self-care.” I have experienced this in my own life recently while trying to run a household, finances, marriage, home educate my children, care for my chronically ill daughter and acutely injured son. Somewhere along the line I forget about myself and just wanted to run and hide from the world. The author provides an alternative DIG (deliberate, inspired and going) which was very insightful and applicable to me personally.
This book encourages us to examine our lives, embrace our imperfections and accept that what we are “worthy of love and belonging.” I appreciate the use of personal stories of the author’s own struggles which is delivered in an honest and vulnerable manner. This is a must read story for anyone who has ever struggled with feelings of inadequacy, imperfection and vulnerability.
I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*