Book Club: The Gifts of Imperfection

To me, being a superhero goes beyond the physical — parkour-like skills, lean muscles, and never-quit attitude in the face of adversity. A true superhero is also emotionally and mentally fit: balanced, secure, and optimistic. That combination of the physical and mental is what defines a complete badass.I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s blog Ordinary Courage for a few months, ever since Dave read and recommended her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. I’m ready to dig into her very popular, well-received book and thought y’all might like to join me. (Our virtual book club around Primal Body, Primal Mind was a success, so I’m ready to do it again.)


Here are links to all three discussion from our book club:

Discussion #1
Discussion #2
Discussion #3


How It Works

If you’d like to join us, all you need to do is get a copy of the book The Gifts of Imperfection and start reading. It would be great if you could post to comments to let me know you’re officially in. I think it would be fun to know how many of us are reading together – and it would be nice to let Brene Brown know about the discussion group we’ll soon have going over here.

The Timeline

The book is a breezy 138 pages, divided into “Guideposts” instead of chapters. Here’s how we’ll break it up for our discussion:
Pages 1-48 (intro pages up to the beginning of Guidepost #1) – Monday, February 13
Pages 48-85 (Guidepost #1 though Guidepost #4) – Monday, February 20
Pages 86-130 (Guidepost #5 throrugh the end) – Monday, February 27

For our discussion, I’ll post a few questions to you to get the ball rolling, and you can post to comments to share your thoughts.

About The Gifts of Imperfection

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection…

More From Brene Brown

Watch Brown’s TED presentation on “The Power of Vulnerability”

Read the Ordinary Courage blog

Visit the Brene Brown web site

Buy The Gifts of Imperfection at Amazon


Time to Commit

If you’re in, please post to comments and let us know…