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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brene Brown

Narrated By: Brene Brown

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2017

Duration: 4 hours 12 minutes


A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives-experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

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."

Praise for Brené Brown's Rising Strong

"[Brown's] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we've all had but haven't quite known how to articulate. . . . [She] empowers us each to be a little more courageous."-The Huffington Post


  • Hannah G

    Absolutely wonderful read. Love Brene Brown and all of her work. Her narration of this book was done beautiful with lots of personality and animation. Highly recommend listening to this if you want a enlightening, fun audiobook!

  • Susan S

    Inspires me to be true to myself, not adapt in order to belong. We belong to ourselves,... the kind of book you will need/want to listen to more than once.

  • Paul C

    such an amazing author and amazing book! I will listen to it multiple times.

  • kim M

    Loved this book! It seems to be a cumination of all her other books and more! I also bought the hard copy so I can highlight, re-read and continue to share.

  • Ashlyn E

    I LOVED this book!! I could not get enough of it. Braving the Wilderness made me laugh, cry, and dig deep. I could relate to Brene’s authentic personal stories even if scenarios weren’t exactly the same. The way she shared authenticity was touching, empowering, and encouraging. It would not have been the same if someone else narrated for her. I will keep coming back to this book over and over to be reminded of the wisdom of B.R.A.V.I.N.G. To Brene, a whole hearted thank you for Braving the Wilderness!

  • Christina K

    Loved it, bought the hard copy because I will come back to it again and again!

  • Melissa M

    Thought provoking. Amazing. Love her work. A challenge to stand up and show up in your own life.

  • Lianne D

    It makes it way more powerful when Brene reads her own books