Book Beginnings Friday: Braving the Wilderness
Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader. The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
Breanne and I are reading the 12 picks from Reese Witherspoon's book club, and Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown is the January pick! Here are the first lines:
"When I start writing, I inevitably feel myself swallowed by fear. And it's especially true when I notice that findings from my research are going to challenge long-held beliefs or ideals. When this happens, it doesn't take long before I start thinking, Who am I to say this? Or, I'm really going to piss people off if I call their ideas into question."
Well, this sounds like a book right up my alley! I listened to Brene's interview with Lewis Howes' for his School of Greatness podcast while on the treadmill on Wednesday and loved it--(it's episode 536 if you want to listen to it). While listening to her podcast and learning about this book, I kept thinking...WHY have I not read her work before?!
Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, "True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, "The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.
Happy Friday and Happy Reading!! What are you reading this weekend?