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Roxanne Reviews "The Gifts of Imperfection"

I’ve read so many self-help books that I’ve grown accustomed to promoting my favorites, but I have to thank Bob, a recent Mindful Book Club participant, for suggesting the new (to me) ten year anniversary publication of Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

A litmus test for a classic is a book which is timeless, and while most consider the classification most fitting for fiction, I challenge any of you to read Brown’s book and not find it truly relevant today. In fact, I almost wish she had used this quote of hers for the title, “we’re a nation hungry for more joy because we’re starving from lack of gratitude”. Amen, Brene’ Brown!

Like all quality self-help books, Brown finishes each chapter asking the reader to dig deep and put her research based wholehearted living mantras into practice. Her vowel acronym A-E-I-O-U-Y is something I now journal with weekly (centered superstars would practice daily, perhaps I’ll get there someday). And I dare say that if everyone practiced these thoughts (I’m not giving her gems away, you have to read the book!), truly world peace would be at our fingertips.

There’s still time to purchase the book and register here for our Mindful Reading Zoom Book Club talk on September 28th at 6 pm. But even if you’re on Zoom overload, you’ll truly appreciate Brené Brown’s wisdom through errors and the reminder that kind honesty and clear boundaries are less work and stress than attempting to please and fit in all the time.

If you would like to purchase the just published 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword and brand-new tools, click here.

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