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The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Spiegel & Grau
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Janelle I think you have to pick and choose how it applies to your every day life, and truly, this book has to come to you at the right time in your life. May…moreI think you have to pick and choose how it applies to your every day life, and truly, this book has to come to you at the right time in your life. Maybe you're not ready to ready it? I will admit there was a time in my life when I was caught up in my career, being the Super-Mom, wonderful wife, all encompassing adoring wife that I would not have even entertained such things. As I reflect back, I see those Shame Gremlins at every turn. When I lost my son, I was heart-broken and angy, when I lost my husband, devastated. I am embarking on a new road of discovery and it has not been all roses, as a matter of fact, quite painful at times. BEing vulnerable was never what I wanted to represented to co-leaders in my organization, to my family. After nursing my husband who passed away from pancreatic cancer for seven and a half months, people marveled, "Oh you are so strong!", "Oh you will get along just fine, I know you." But I wasn't strong, they didn't know me. I wanted to cry, be weak, have a pity party. It just wasn't fair that our wonderful family of four had whittled down to two in just a few years. But, the Power of Vulnerability and Rising Strong made me realize that life goes on and I will be in the arena, and I don't know the outcome, but I WILL live it to fullest.(less)
Teresa Frenette Also just started. Can't stop. Feels like she is talking to me. Love it.

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Anna
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I finally had to give up on this book. I was going to try to make it to the end but I couldn't do it anymore after I got through the second-to-last chapter of this tiresome volume of 100-proof arrogance.
Brown's "Rising" purports to be a self-help book about getting over life's adversities but it never delivers.
Instead, Brown writes a series of non-event anecdotes from her boring, privileged life as a social work teacher at the University of Houston (she's married to a pediatrician), including
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Elyse  Walters
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought I would have a lot to say after listening to this audiobook.
However,
**Rebecca Foster** already wrote A PERFECT REVIEW. Everything she wrote fits my experience!

I enjoyed LISTENING to this book while walking. My guess is I would not have enjoyed 'reading' it half as much. (I might have been too judgmental)

Personal things I'm looking at from this book:
TIMES I HIDE OUT and SHUT down: in front of my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law!

Isn't that enough to look at?
I think so. End of revi
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Julie Davis
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to The Power of Vulnerability which is a series of workshop courses she gave.

I shouldn't have wondered. Brown's voice grabbed me from the moment I read the introduction. In fact, early in the book Brown's realization that "you can't skip Act 2" (a reference that will be clear if you read the book) was revelatory for my husband and me in a work situation
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Calista
Transformative. This book is a way with handling emotions that come up in life.

When we feel an emotion like anger or shame, there is something behind this being triggered. This is a way of working through those emotions. Brene is an excellent storyteller. She has done a ton of research on the issues and collected 1,000s of stories from her life and others over the years.

In this one, she talks of an experience at Pixar. It was a neat story. She talks about the 2nd act of a story. It's dark and
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Julie Christine
There are books that meet you at just the right time, when you most need and are open to their messages. I can well imagine encountering the warm Texan embrace of Brené Brown's brand of social psychology at other times of my life and being turned off by its fierceness, volume and confidence. I may have looked askance at the cult of Brené Brown, with legions of devotees who discovered her through her TED talk gone viral, read her previous works, taken her Oprah-endorsed self-actualization worksho ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I come at this book from a few perspectives. First, I saw a librarian make a presentation on vulnerability in the classroom, and he quoted Brene's earlier book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, as the basis for his experiments with students. I think both he and the author herself would have recommended I read that book instead of this book. Why? Well, even the author makes frequent references to it. It made me wonder if this boo ...more
Rebecca
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Lamott and Elizabeth Gilbert
Brown, a qualitative researcher in the field of social work, encourages readers to embrace vulnerability and transform failure and shame through a simple process of re-evaluating the stories we tell ourselves. The gimmicky terminology and frequent self-referencing grated on me a bit, but I appreciated how the book made me reconsider events from my own life. It’s the ideas that carry Rising Strong, so as long as you come to it expecting a useful tool rather than a literary experience you shouldn’ ...more
Taffy
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
When I read a self-help book, I realize not all of it will apply to me or I will take what I need at that moment. This book is no different BUT I took a lot of notes. It was intriguing and interesting. The book is full of stories to help the reader see the point Brene is trying to make.
I used some of her ideas the next day and honestly felt better about my day and communication with the people around me. I grew up in a home that did not deal with emotions nor did we talk about hard things at al
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Camille Viva
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
A good non-fiction book infuses detailed stories and vignettes and links them to the main points and research in the text. I thought that the main points in this book were extremely interesting. I loved the topics of research that she discussed: resiliency and mindfulness especially, and also her focus on the importance of re-framing our initial emotional responses to aversive events.

However, my main critique of the book is that I didn't like the stories and vignettes that she gave as examples
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Colleen
Sep 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm definitely an outlier here, as I feel like this is an overly long rehashing of all that I already know (everything is not about me) and practice. Using terms like "rumbling" makes it a bit too precious. Drat.
Jaclyn Day
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Brene Brown. Of all the self-help, crunchy, inner-peace books I’ve read (and there have been…a few), Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection is still my favorite. Reading it was a life-changing experience. Rising Strong is equally good, and different from her other books in all the right ways. Rising Strong is much more personal. Brown uses many examples from her own life (and her marriage in particular) to illustrate her points, and the topic–vulnerability–is still so relevant and important. D ...more
Rincey
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm sure this book would've been impactful no matter when I read/listened to it, but MAN does it feel incredibly appropriate right now.
Debra Komar
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
A bit too much academic "truthiness" for me. I knew I was in trouble when the author started with a disclaimer, saying that she believed in mixing qualitative research with story telling. This is some of the squishiest pseudo-science I have ever read. When there was no study or research to support her beliefs, she just pulls out a quote from a song or spiritual leader to fill the gap. I can't imagine what the folks at her university think of all this.

I am sure her message will help people who
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Jennifer
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Rising Strong” is the third in a series of recent books Brene Brown has written about the importance of vulnerability and authenticity in one’s life. Here she once again synthesizes her years of research, innate understanding of human behavior, and personal stories into a highly readable, relatable, and actionable self-improvement book.

In her earlier works, Brown references the times in our lives when we will all feel like failures, either personally or professionally. In “Rising Strong” she d
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Jean
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Curiosity is a shit-starter." My new favorite motto.
Kimber
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't help but feel that she should have just written an article on this theme. The book is mainly filler, boring anecdotes, references to other, better works. I don't like her writing style and speed-read this because I disliked it so much. Not sure I will give this writer another chance. And what she wrote about how "serial killers and terrorists are doing the best they can" must be the most idiotic statement of all time. Then in the same section she denounces treating criminals like animals ...more
BookOfCinz
January 2020
I read Rising Strong for the first time in 2019 and I was blown away but home much the book and the teachings resonated with me. I think for the entire 2019 I made a conscious decision to be more vulnerable and live wholeheartedly and for the most part it worked.

This time around what really resonated with me was how the story I tell myself when things happen. I liked that Brene Brown really focused on this because it is something I battle with a lot and I liked having the tools to
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Peter Kalin
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I felt somewhat betrayed by this book. I read it on the strength of a TV interview in which Brown maintained that her 'research' led her to come to certain conclusions, however, upon reading the book, I was presented with nothing but anecdotal information laced with religious interpretations of certain events. Where was the research? The statistics? I don't endorse or dispute the results Brown points to, but I have to question her conclusions as she provides no empirical evidence for the conclus ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
I was introduced to Brene' Brown through her two popular "Ted Talks" one in The Power of Vulnerability (2010) and Listening to shame (2011). If you haven't seen these two 20 minute talks I highly recommend taking time to listen in order.

Brene' Brown is a Shame and Vulnerability researcher. As she says, "that's garunteed to be a conversation stopper on an airplane...I'm a shame researcher...and I see you." Brown is a qualitative, rather than a quantititative researcher. That means she collects s
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My_Strange_Reading
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
#mystrangereading Rising Strong by Brené Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So, I have basically decided that I will read anything by this woman and would be willing to listen to her speak on any subject. She is so knowledgeable, witty, sassy and so awe-inspiringly vulnerable.

What I loved about this book as a follow-up to Daring Greatly was that it was research AND story driven. I love that she recognized the important role that stories play in our lives, and I just love how spot on every single one of her point
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Whitney
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing read by Brené Brown. All the same reviews apply to this so just going include my favorite quotes:

“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not w
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Jessica Merrill
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh my God, this book annoyed me. I've been "rumbling" with the reason it bothered me so much. There is some great wisdom here--truly! ("self-righteousness is just the armor of self-loathing")--but so much of this book is a rambling, faux-groundbreaking treatise on what should be basic common sense. OH, so we need to deal with our emotions and confront conflict head-on? Glad your years of research and professional experience panned THAT one out, Dr. Brown.

Also. In the book, Brown gives personal a
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Kathrynn
I didn't care for the long stories...

For me, I wanted to grasp what was being said without all the extra dialogue. Much of it felt like "filler" to me. There were some neat things that I noted, but it was hard sifting through all the "filler" to get to the data.

I think it's fine to use a story to help make a point, but sum it up quickly and get to the point is my preference.

Also, some of the stories the author relayed about her own life seemed...immature? I hope she was embellishing to make he
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InJoy 2075
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Having read all of Ms. Brown’s previous books and listened to many of her “talks” via TED talks and podcasts, you could say I’m a “fan”. Her work on shame has been life changing for me and I assume many others.

Though I enjoy personal stories as examples, she was “too personal” for me in this book. Perhaps it wasn’t the choice of examples she used but the intricate details. Obviously she felt they were important to make her point and I’m sure some will feel they are helpful, too.

Ms. Brown continu
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Tara Bloom
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I didn’t finish the book. I made it as far as only chapter 3 or 4. It was exceedingly grating and I just couldn’t choke down anymore.

It’s not a fault of Ms. Brown’s that she’s privileged and successful, but when reaching for examples of hardships and struggles to illustrate her book’s thesis that the darkness is a necessary, if silent and shadow part of a journey to resiliency, the examples she serves up reek of a white, rich life in a bubble. It seems it has been a long time since she truly co
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WhatIReallyRead
I'll say right away that I love Brene Brown. I've read three of her previous books back to back a few years ago, I've seen her TED talks and several interviews.

This book wasn't what I thought it would be. It has a general feel to it. It talks about attitudes, ways of thinking and processing emotions for a healthier everyday life. Basically, it teaches to deal with anything from mild annoyances to a shitty week at work, or a hard weekend with your parents, or a fight with your husband. Sure, tho
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Tim Larison
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
I received a complementary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of Brené Brown’s new book Rising Strong. From the cover: “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fail. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” I had heard Brené Brown speak with her power of vulnerability message but I had never read any of her books. I’m all for positive thinking, and there are a ton of books o
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Michael Britt
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems like Dr. Brown's work can get kind of repetitive, and this book definitely seemed to have some material that's been used before. But I still learned a lot from this book, along with her other one that I listened to. The recycled work doesn't take away from this one, though. It's still used in a way to help expand on her thoughts and points.
KrisTina
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Really a very strong, solid 4.5 stars.

I listened to this book and it took me a long time to really get some momentum with it and understand her approach and definition to things that she refer to - words like "rumbling" and "reckoning" etc. However, this book was fantastic and I'm so grateful I kept moving forward because it was 100% worth my time. This is a book that I want to listen to and read and refer to again and again. I have spoken so highly of it that my husband is now listening to it.
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Michelle
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the first book of Brene Brown's that I have read. Perhaps that is why her style did not resonate with me as it has with so many other readers. While I did find some chapters more compelling than others, I felt there was too much of the author herself in the book. I was hoping to be inspired, and was encouraged by all the positive reviews, but for me, this book missed the mark.
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Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of
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