Guest Book Review


Rising Strong


Brené Brown

Year Published


Format, # of pages (if print)




Target Audience

Anyone struggling in relationships

Notable aspects of the book

There’s a study guide available

Author’s writing style


Qualifications of Author

She is a New York Times bestselling author and research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.

What does the book promise & does it deliver?

Promises to help you learn how to express your needs about openness and caring.

New insights the author presents

How to stop the cycle of reacting to cover up our shame from childhood issues.

How to communicate in a productive way and improve relationships

Did anything surprise you?

I was surprised by how informative and useful the book was.

What did you like best and why?

I liked the way the author used her experiences to explain what issues were brewing underneath hostile behavior.

What is your favorite quote from the book?

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; its having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”

What would a reader gain from the book?

Understanding of how people react when they are feeling shame in their life, lashing out and behaving in a way that deflects from their own issue.

Why would you recommend it?

I would recommend it. It helped me become more confident in who I was and where I was going on this life journey.

Other comments

The online workbook has some interesting practices.

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