The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection Summary

When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion—our goodness. They insist, “I am not worthy.” But we are worthy—of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection—which has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages, and Forbes recently named one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life"—we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world.

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts” are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.

Book Reviews

Von’s World

Thought provoking & inspirational!5 star

I read this book with my book club, starting with taking the Wholehearted Inventory & meeting weekly to discuss 2 guideposts at a time. It’s remarkable how really evaluating each guidepost’s place in your life can help you to make meaningful change, sometimes without even realizing it. Since completing the book I’ve purchased for four other people. Definitely a game changer, definitely worthwhile.55


Peace of mind4 star

This book helped me realize I’m not alone in my ways of thinking, and I have feeling this won’t be my last time reading it either. I highly recommend!!45


Love !5 star

I enjoyed allowing myself to open up and read from this book . There are topics that I took my time to read and digest the concepts which allowed me to reflect on myself ! Awesome book55


A True Gift!5 star

This book was a true gift to my imperfect self. I had so many “a-has” & takeaways. The timing in reading this book at this season of my life was perfect!55

Joey eckersen

Great advice5 star

Great definitions of words we usually take for granted. Great stories to back up each of the concepts.55


👍🏻👍🏻5 star

Brenè has such a talent for words. Gifts of Imperfection is simple to read, yet simultaneously complex and thought igniting.55

I am Jess.

Time to Embrace YOU5 star

Another Brene Brown gem. After doing all of the research, she shares with us her discoveries to help guide you in finding the authentic version of yourself that you were always meant to be. Forget society and the norms, many of us having forgotten how go genuinely live.55

Mr. Caboose117

The Gifts of Imperfection5 star

Excellent insight on how to live life to its fullest under any and all circumstances. Loved it.55


Beautiful book5 star

I read this book and found great advice and perspectives for my day to date life If you’re wondering wether to get this book or not , I highlyyy recommend it55


This book changed my life.5 star

I loved this book. It was such an easy read it’s something I needed to read years ago. The message that I am always enough no matter what is exactly what my sound needed to hear. This book has truly transformed my life and made me want to choose self comparison, gratitude, and joy daily!55

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