Casandra Brene Brown is an American author. She is also a podcast host, professor, and lecturer. She has spent significant time studying and researching topics related to courage, shame, vulnerability, and addiction.
As of 2021, Brown is the bestselling author of five books as per The New York Times. Also, her Ted talk on ‘Power of Vulnerability is widely viewed and loved by people.
Her books are a power pack of strength and courage. I hope you find inspiration in these books. Here are some of her most inspiring books for you.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Every day, we encounter many emotions like fears, uncertainty, insecurity, and various other emotional exposures. It is our emotions that define what it means to be vulnerable. She wrote this book based on 12 years of research. She has talked about cultural myths that make people emotionally weak in this book. She believes that truth is the most accurate measure of courage. According to her, vulnerability leads to the path of purpose and meaning to our lives. This book is not about winning or losing but solely about courage.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
It is based on new research conducted with leaders, changemakers, culture shifters, and other intellectuals. This book shows us how to use our ideas and imagination and how to put them into practice so that we can outshine and lead. She explains that leadership is not about titles or status but about one’s personality and the responsibility that person is willing to take. It is also based on one’s ability to identify another person’s potential to develop that potential. People believe that artificial intelligence can do things much better and faster, but that’s not the case. A leader is one who has empathy, connection, and courage to begin with. If you are stepping into the shoes of a leader, then this book is for you.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
More than 2 million copies of this book are being sold in 30 different languages. This book was named by Forbes magazine as one of the five books that will actually change your outlook on life. It is basically a self-help book that will help you to overcome your fears and hesitation. This book has the ability to strengthen your connection with the world, and it will also help you in your self-discovery and personal growth. This is a motivational book to help you live wholeheartedly. Through her heartfelt storytelling, Brown tries to bolster one’s self-esteem and personal development. She says that we should give up on our definitions of imperfection and, in brief, our authentic life. Brown has also given ten guideposts that can help the readers to establish a practice for life, or you can say a perfectly imperfect life.
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
In this book, Brown writes about ways of finding back ourselves and the confidence to tell stories. This book is a framework to establish a meaningful connection. Through this book, the author takes on a journey through a lot of emotions and experiences that every individual feels. She explains to us actions that can help us establish a good connection with ourselves and give us the language to access the universe where we can share our brief stories and even are heartbreaking moments to connect with each other. This book is based on Brown’s decades of research into experiences and emotions, and it gives us the courage to be brave and bold in our lives. This is a must-read book for everyone.
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
In this book, Brown has ignited a global conversation on the topics like vulnerability, embarrassment, shame, courage, and worthiness. Brown chose this title for her book because she wanted to show the rise that comes after falling, and she named it Rising Strong. In this book, she has shared the stories of courage falling, getting back, and doing all it better. She claims that people do good because they realize the power of emotion, and they are not afraid of leaving their comfort. She believes that the rising part teaches us who we are.
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
This book questions everything we know about our community, organizations, and culture. She explains what it means to live in the age of increased polarization. She has brought another cultural conversation to the table and has shown a path to true belonging through the book. She claims that people these days feel disconnected from themselves, and for that, she introduced four practices to re-establish that connection. She says we need the courage to find ourselves and cut through the wilderness. This is a place of solitude and searching, and it is a dangerous and breathtaking place. She believes it is one of the bravest places one can ever stand.
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
The book starts with the question: is it a weakness to be vulnerable? Society has always associated vulnerability with emotions that we are taught to hide, like fear, shame, guilt, et cetera. She believes that the exposure we have been taught to hide is actually the birthplace of joy, happiness, solace, creativity, belonging, and love. This book offers an invitation and promises that if we dare to drop the emotion that keeps us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the opportunities that bring meaning to our lives. This is another book of her through which she dispels cultural myths around vulnerability.
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)( Telling the Truth about Perfectionism Inadequacy and Power)[I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME BUT I]
The author has offered a liberating study on the flaws of our imperfections. She says imperfections are crucial to our relationships and even our own sense of self. She claims that the quest for perfection can leave us exhausted and drained. The social pressure on our shoulders conditions us to believe that imperfection is equal to inadequacy. But that is not the case. Due to this problem, we learned to hide our struggles and vulnerabilities due to the fear of shame and judgment, and we seek safety in perfection. She writes that we need to reclaim our lives, and we can only do that by embracing imperfection.