Hey guys! I hope October is treating you okay. I must say that the seasonal mental health issues are coming up again for me. That’s why I decided to dive into Braving The Wilderness by Brené Brown!

On Goodreads, Braving The Wilderness is considered a self-help book, so I dived right in.

As the subtitle indicates, the book is about a quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. It talks about speaking the truth, standing up for what you believe in, but to be civil about that. Why you should hold hands with strangers, be vulnerable to make real connections and that standing alone doesn’t mean you are alone. You belong everywhere and nowhere, and that sounded so strange to me that I had to figure out what exactly that meant.

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My thoughts on Braving the Wilderness

As someone who wants to feel inspired to change after reading a self-help book, this was kind of a downer. Sure, she had really good points and there are definitely subjects that made me think, but it didn’t light any spark for me.

It also didn’t have as much dept as I would expect and want. And that’s probably why it didn’t light a spark. There were no examples of how to put the preaching into practice.

But besides that, there were a lot of great points. Like I said, it made me really think about some things in my life, how I handle those and what could be better. She gives the research stuff a fun twist by adding in some personal anecdotes. And sometimes she’s a bit risky with her examples, which can make people uncomfortable, but is in my opinion what makes the book better.

So eventually, it may be igniting the tiniest of sparks. Just by making me think about some subjects.

Final rating

I ended up giving it 3 out 5 stars.

Do you like reading self-help books? Which one would you recommend?