Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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Social scientist BrenĂ© Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives — experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Now Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.*

*Description provided by the publisher. I couldn’t phrase it any more thoroughly or succinctly with my own prose. 😉

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

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Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She reveals with humor and style how grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people. The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.

10% Happier by Dan Harris

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A well-known ABC newsperson, Dan Harris went on a journey to discover “self-help that actually works” after having an on-air panic attack that threw the dysfunction of his overactive mind into sharp focus. A fascinating memoir that will sway even the most adamant non-believer to the merits of meditation.

For more materials exploring the practice of mindfulness, check these out:

Practicing Mindfulness an Introduction to Meditation (Great Courses)

The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being (Great Courses)

Guided Mindfulness Meditation (CD Audiobook)