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Brave Enough

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,844 ratings  ·  875 reviews
From the best-selling author of Wild, a collection of quotes--drawn from the wide range of her writings--that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor, presented in a gift-sized package that's as irresistible to give as it is to receive.

Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Knopf Canada
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Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
A disaster! I thought I'd get witty Nora Ephron and ended up with sappy Hallmark--except the word fuck is thrown in to try to make it badass.

Picking this book up was just a mistake, actually. I didn't realize it was a collection of inspirational quotes, or I would have run for the hills. I got it because Strayed has a good reputation. (I haven't read her books and now I'm thinking I'll stay away.)

If only I had broken my rule and read the damn marketing blurb. I usually avoid blurbs like the pla
Debbie "DJ"
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
Oh Cheryl, what were you thinking? These quotes read like something learned in teenage years. I like good quotes, they can touch my heart, but honestly these seem recycled and bland. I really hope this doesn't discourage others from reading both "Wild," and "Dear Sugar," which I thought were fantastic.
I felt an immediate connection with Sheryl Strayed upon reading the introduction for Brave Enough. Strayed expresses her passion for quotes because she understands the power of words and the intrinsic human need for renewed encouragement and motivation. I remember the first quote I personally fell in love with being Gandhi's "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." I wrote it onto a magnetic locker mirror so that I would constantly be reminded.

Brave Enough is a collection of quote
Julie Ehlers
I am a fan of Cheryl Strayed and would recommend Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things to just about anyone, but this particular book should not have happened. Divorcing these quotes from their context did not work at all. I didn't feel uplifted and inspired, which was my goal in reading this. Instead, I felt that a dour Cheryl Strayed was lecturing me on all the ways I was failing to make the most of my life—this in spite of the fact that in her intro, Cheryl expressly says this was not what she was t ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic, arc
***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***

I loved Wild, the movie, but I haven't ready anything from Cheryl Strayed, so I requested this when I saw this listing in Edelweiss.

This is 160 page book of quotes from Cheryl Strayed, if you want straightforward (mostly anyway) motivation or some tough love, this is a good read and a terrific gift idea.

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Olivia Baker
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No writer has ever made me feel the way Cheryl Strayed can. She has a way of speaking to you so intimately and without judgment. It's like she's in the room with you. I cannot describe it but it's how I've felt since the moment I picked up Wild. I want to send this book to everyone in my life who means something to me. It is a reminder that we are all doing the best we can and to be OK with that. This sounds incredibly emo and sappy but it's not meant to be. Please please please, read this book ...more
Lisa Smith
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Cheryl Strayed, man. She gets it.
Teresa Bateman
Nov 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
As the author herself notes, in the foreword to this book, some of us like to collect quotes--quotes that we return to again and again, and which bring us strength or inspiration when needed. That's why I requested this book. Clearly I should have done more research into the author, and for that I take full blame. I expected to find a lovely book of quotes, like a bag of trail mix--some days you pick out the almonds, some days the M&M's... you get my drift. Unfortunately the author's use of the ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I will be rereading this often. I've always been a collector of quotes and inspirational messages, and Strayed's slim volume of wisdom packs a walloping punch. Her insight and inspiration resonated in my soul. I highly recommend for anyone struggling or going through a rough patch on life's highway!
Aug 27, 2018 marked it as no-just-not-interested-nope
I read Wild; and I can’t imagine many quotable moments coming from this particular person that would make me feel cheered, inspired, etc. I know that a lot of them may contain curse words and the f-bomb and I am just not into inspiration of that form. I wish her well. I still am not sure she was brave; just really naive and very fortunate to make it off that hike alive.
Mindy Kannon
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I read a ton of inspirational books. Most have a few great ideas or points to make that mean a lot! This little book is page after page of "yeah, no shit" quotes that I just love.

This is not a read once and take back to the library book.

I need to own this one, highlight the heck out of it, add little tabs to like each page, dog ear and note the heck out of it!

Some of my favorite quotes - and there are many many more - like 130 of the 135 pages....

"Travel by foot, there is so much you cannot iden
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, one-day-reads, ebooks
Strayed's slim volume of advice is a shot in the arm, a no-holds-barred dose of genuine but utterly tough love that all of us need. Open any page and be inspired. If you're generally one to groan when you hear about a new book full of pithy advice, worry not: this one is guaranteed to at least get you right in the gut here and there. It can serve as a great gift for someone who already loves Strayed's work, or it can be a good introduction to those of you who haven't read her stuff but want to d ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I wish this was already published because I've got a few people I'm going to buy it for as a gift. Brilliant, as always.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is just a collection of particularly insightful, beautiful quotes from Cheryl Strayed's other works (namely, Dear Sugar) but revisiting some of her most powerful words still fortifies my spirit.

"I considered my options. There was only one, I knew. There was always only one. To keep walking."

"You go on by doing the best you can. You go on by being generous. You go on by being true. You go on by offering comfort to others who can't go on. You go on by allowing the unbearable days to pas
Melissa Stacy
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Brave Enough" is a book of quotes from the previously-published work of Cheryl Strayed. Many of the quotes in this book were taken from her memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" (2012), and her collection of essays, "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" (2012).

If you have read those two books, you will remember reading these quotes in their original context. Sadly, reading the quotes on their own just didn't work for me here. Cheryl Strayed cu
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: done, quotes, 2020
Ok collection of quotes that was pretty disappointing, based on the quotes I'd read from Tiny Beautiful Things.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wellness, own, memoir
I'm a big fan of Cheryl Strayed. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, of course, is great. But Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar was like a revelation to me. Oh my God, I loved that book.

Brave Enough is basically a prettily-packaged collection of quotes taken from Strayed's books, essays, and talks formatted in big text and centered on the page. (See attached picture.) There is no dust jacket, so the cover feels like canvas, but the vibrant green with
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Cheryl Strayed but a lot of my favorites weren't in this book. Still a pretty good book but taken out of context the quotes weren't that powerful.
Lisa Filipczak
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I think Cheryl Strayed is a bad ass.
lexi ✨
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
i feel like this is definitely an “in the moment” read, & definitely something you have to be in the mood for.

i bought this a VERY long time ago, but i had no interest in picking it up until today.

it’s filled with quotes about fear, humility, love forgiveness, & basically important aspects of life. it really forces you to think about the here & now, especially if you’re feeling down, stuck or lost in your head/thoughts.

usually with poetry/prose/quote books i screenshot or mark pages that hold
Nusrah Javed
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
These were wonderful! And I am glad something like this exists.
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This little book is so inspiring. A must read
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
It's worth noting that I didn't know what this was when I picked it up. I liked Cheryl Strayed's autobiographical Wild.
I was fully on board as I began reading the introduction. The first sentence rang the bell in my heart!
Then things plummeted towards rubbish quality soon after.
I believe in language and words, their beauty and power. This cute little green book was kind of dreadful.
I guess my final verdict is that I don't think it's a good idea to publish a book with the sole purpose of quoting
This book is a restatement of Strayed's other beautiful writing, and there's no new content here. This book, however, is like a cup of tea, a familiar smell, a soft blanket: The type of feeling that soothes you by virtue of being known to you, by virtue of returning to your life like a friend. It's meant to be re-read, especially in tough moments. The bright green cover is a good reminder of that.
I still feel ambivalent of a book of quotes from a living author, but Strayed's introduction alleviated some of that angst. Still, maybe in a few years this will be a little more positive than just inspirational quotes. A nice addition would have been where the quote came from book-wise so I could remember in context what they were from rather than looking over the shoulder of someone else's scrapbook.
"If someone is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird, you don’t have to take it in. You don’t have to turn it into a big psychodrama about your worth. That behavior so often is not even about you. It’s about the person who’s being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird. If this were summed up on a bumper sticker, it would say: Don’t own other people’s crap. The world would be a better place if we all did that."
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cheryl is becoming like the Luther Vandross of books for me. She can do no wrong. I personally just connect with her writing whether it be a memoir, an article or a book of quotes. There were several large reminders in this book of the what I can do to continue practicing being the person I desire to be.
Super quick read. Well worth it.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I ate this entire little book up on a Saturday morning with my coffee. Every quote resonated on some level but there were a few that I had to read a couple of times because they just hit you right in the heart. Thank you, Cheryl Strayed for being you and for making women everywhere feel empowered and deserving. I'll catch ya next week on Dear Sugar.
Nova Dudley-gough
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Probably shouldn't have read this just after Tiny Beautiful Things. I liked it but I felt that in context, the quotes have a lot more power. I'll read TBT again but probably not this. I also suspect that a kindle doesn't really do the idea justice. Oh well.
Erin Moulton
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only problem with Cheryl Strayed's new gem is that I want to tear out all the pages and plaster the quotes all around me. It's lovely. I think I'll be returning to it again and again whenever I need a pep talk, inspiration, or a good push toward the writing desk. Highly recommend.
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Cheryl Strayed is the author of four books: Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, Brave Enough, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wild. She also co-hosts the hit podcast Dear Sugar Radio. You can find a listing of her events and answers to FAQ on her web site: ...more

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