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

Written by:
Brené Brown
Narrated by:
Brené Brown

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2017
4 hours 12 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A timely and important 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

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“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, MSW, 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.”
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Melissa B.

Incredibly timely message for our culture.

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Miriam O.

This is my first Brene Brown book. I’ll need to go get the others I’ve missed. The takeaways on humanity are so prevalent and important. The acronym for BRAVING is a lesson all by itself. I have come away from this book with a sense of comfort in dealing with framing events and actions in order to better understand and use a lender of grace!!

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Laura D.

Brene Brown is the best! I would listen to her all day!

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Catherine S.

This is the first Brene Brown that I've read - and all I can say is Wow!! She is pure inspiration and truly a gift. I'll be reading more of her books and checking out her Netflix show. I can't stop thinking about all of the things she talked about. It gets in your head. And I loved listening to her voice - can't wait for the next one!

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Jodi J.

I enjoy listening to brene brown and her guidance and her words she is a wonderful speaker

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Barbara M.

Excellent! I’m going to listen to it again.

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Clifford J.

Quite interesting and informative

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Jay H.

Braving is the second Brene Brown audiobook I have purchased & listened to. Her stories are insightful & interesting, and applicable to life now. With her straight forward style, with personal & culturally relevant & interesting topics & examples, it is hard to put them on pause. I learn something I can & want to put into practice on every track. Inspiring, relatable, & life calibrating relationship lessons, based on solid research.

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This is the first Brene Brown book I read, and I loved it so much I immediately read all of her other books!

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Kristín H.

This book is a must reed!

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Reasha W.

Brene Brown never disappoints!!!

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Jennifer T.

This is a must read for everyone!

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Denise Garcia

I was able to relate to almost every topic in this book. Great

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Sandra C.

She has a nice voice and the narration is good. I was just not as overwhelmed with her insights as most of the reviews.

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Hazel H.

I listened to the audio book. Now I need to get it in hard copy and add it to my library. Very good read.

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Susan E.

I love listening to Brene read her books! I am also going to buy a hard copy of this book, because I know I want to go back to several passages again and again. She reminds me of the beauty of being human, and give courage to times when I might be in the wilderness, but for all of the right reasons.

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Sandy M.

I've read most of Brene's books and can't get enough of her writing! She is so motivating and I relate to so much of her teachings. I absolutely love her and could listen to her forever! Please never stop writing Brene! I love you!??

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Beth W

Insightful and practical.

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Brooke W

By far the most impactful book I’ve read. I love her work and how real it is to all of us.

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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!

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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.

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Paul C

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

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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.

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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!

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Christina K

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

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Melissa M

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

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Lianne D

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

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