If you follow me, then you may be aware that I’ve read more than my fair share of “self-help” literature, and that’s the reason that I can assert with conviction that The Gifts of Imperfection isn’t your quintessential self-help book. Rather, it’s a revelation book! There were numerous instances that were definitely “ah-Ha!” moments for me. That’s because Dr. Brown actually goes out of her way beyond the cliché of looking at or framing an issue to reveal the interconnectedness of elements that diminish our efforts to live a fuller, more fulfilling life. Thus, instead of the “that doesn’t quite resonate” feeling I sometimes get from self-help books, this one is cut from a different cloth. It surely contains insights that are fresh, sometimes startling, and very possible.
Brené Brown amasses these insights from her actual research that’s grounded on what she calls “Wholehearted Life”. And the product of which is this gem of a work. These research findings presented in this short but comprehensive book are nothing short of illuminating. They serve not as a “how-to” guide for miraculously mending out an out-of-balance life. Rather, it is like a set of powerful tools that, when properly applied, can cultivate a richer, more fully engaged and connected life.