31 books I can’t live without: The Gifts of Imperfection (14)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on!


Title: The Gifts of Imperfection

Author: Brene Brown

Synopsis: “Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

Why I can’t live without this book: Now, here’s what I’m going to say right off the bat: Brene Brown is like the local band you love, the one that no one knew anything about until they got famous. And now everyone loves them, and you’re like, no, no, no, I loved them FIRST! That’s how I feel about Brene Brown. I’ve loved her from the beginning, and of all her books, this is my very favorite. Really, she’s just saying the same thing over and over again, directed toward a more refined audience of parents and fear-mongers and educators alike. But this one is for the individual, so if you’re anything like me, just stop what you’re doing now and pick up a copy for yourself.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” I want to be authentic, don’t you?

So, The Gifts of Imperfection: are you an imperfect person who found this book the biggest gift of all? Or were you just kind of like, MEH. Cast your vote! 

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4 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: The Gifts of Imperfection (14)

  1. I just started listening to “daring greatly” on audio book, and when she gave her synopsis of THIS book within the first chapter, I thought, THAT is the book I actually need to be reading! And since you agree, it’s definitely on my short list! Thanks Cara!

    1. Yes …I loved Daring Greatly (and think it has amazing applications for parents), but Gifts of Imperfection is focused much more on the individual – and that’s who I think she writes to the best. Keep me posted on all things Brene Brown!

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