Audible Quality: ★★★★★
Application Ability: ★★★★☆
Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★☆
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
Over, this is a really good book. Before I go into details, the reason that I only gave it 4 stars is that it does have some language in it. For most of us, we don't expect that in a book and that reduces it a star for me as a pastor for me to recommend it. In the end though, this book is incredible about helping a person be honest and true about who they are and to live their life with truth authenticity.
Although it's not a Christian book, living our life in a vulnerable state can really help us as Christians witness to others when we are living our Christian lives well yet still be willing to show where we are struggling. We become real people, not just Christians that keep everything locked away. That's one of the best things we can do for the gospel. That's my reason for recommending this book.