Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Daring Greatly ... A Book Review

Unsure if this should be posted as a book review or a life review. While reading Daring Greatly I felt myself struggling within its pages, parts of me cheering myself on and other parts wanting to run away as quickly as I could.

Vulnerabilities, challenges and changes in life have become strange bed fellows in recent months since the passing of my husband. Putting myself in situations that feel tremendously uncomfortable has forced me to accept faith as my constant companion.

Brene’ Brown, Ph.D., LMSW shares her many years of work, research, and life experiences regarding vulnerability and daring to become who we were created to be. Taking steps toward a freedom that is oftentimes only dreamt about and never realized.

Daring Greatly, How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead is a great read for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to be more courageous.

Do you hold yourself back from taking leaps of faith because you are concerned with how others may look at you? Do you see a platform in your life that you are afraid to stand on and use because someone may question your motives? Brene’ answers these types of questions through extensive research and helps the reader develop the courage to act on their dreams. The outcomes may not always be the desired result but every step taken out of our comfort zone encourages us to take the next one.

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Though I did receive a copy of this book and will receive a small compensation, the opinions expressed on my blog are my own words.


  1. I heard a good quote the other day ... "Worry about your character,not your reputation. Your character is who you ARE, your reputation is just what people SEE." That may not be exactly right but it's close enough! "Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart" ... and He's the only one I need to please or Whose opinion of me matters! Do it, Cindy! Dare Greatly! Love you!

    1. I adore you, Jan!! Thank you for your encouragement!!!!

  2. Read a comment you made on blogher about "widow's fog". Apt description. My husband died when I was 36 and I had 3 small children. The result eventually was that I was a lot less afraid of risks - I moved across the country, started a business. The worst that could happen did & I survived so what could some supplier or new neighbor do to upset me?

  3. I think I'm just tired, Cindy. Tired of feeling the same old feelings of loss, day-in, day-out. Some days are better than others, but as of late, I get to the end of the day and wonder what I've done? I really do want to move forward in fullness, and there has been tremendous healing in my heart.

    Oh sweet one, I'm so sorry for this grief process that has you on a roller-coaster of emotions. I wish for you some stability, some peace, and an immeasurable sense of belonging to this life.

    Thank you for checking in with me today; I'm glad to hear from you.



Hi Friend, I read and cherish every single comment you leave! You bring Joy to my heart! Blessings, Cindy