Tuesday, July 16, 2013

When You Love a Book…(Part 1)


When you love a book you want to tell the world about it.

That’s how I feel right now as I’m reading DARING GREATLY by BrenéBrown.  I’m beginning to think she climbed inside my head and wrote down all my thoughts.

I’ve found myself nodding in agreement while reading every page. Brown is blowing my mind with her wisdom and honest perceptions.

Take this:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.”

Or this:
“Trust is a product of vulnerability that grows over time and requires work, attention, and full engagement.”

I’m in the midst of several vulnerable undertakings.

Every morning for the past several weeks I’ve woken up to a crew of construction workers chillin’ on my front lawn, ready to tackle the day’s work. My house is not my own. My inner sanctum is a construction site. How symbolic.

I’m excited to share the other undertaking I referred to earlier with you in a few weeks.

Until then…
Thank you. Thank you for making this a place where I’ve felt like I can be vulnerable, brave, and alive. Thank you for reading faithfully and sharing your thoughts. You make this blog what it is!

Finally, I wasn’t surprised when I came across one of my favorite quotes in DARING GREATLY:

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.” Madeleine L’Engle (italics mine)

Have you read a book recently you’ve wanted to share with the world?


*photo by stock.XCHNG

6 comments:

  1. And now I NEED to read this book. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  2. Hope you get as much out of it as I have been. ;-)

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  3. This author sounds like what I'd imagine Jesus saying! I love it.

    One of the aspects I find refreshing about you is your vulnerability. It makes me a better person to be here.

    The best book I've read lately is The World According to Mr. Rogers, a compilation of quotes by the late Fred Rogers. So wise, nourishing and helpful.

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    1. Sounds like a good one, Jeanette! I'm grateful you find me refreshing and that you feel being here makes me a better person. Funny that, I feel having YOU here makes ME a better person!

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  4. Loved Daring Greatly! So many quotable passages, but this was my favorite:

    “The paradox: vulnerability is the last thing I want you to see in me and the first thing I look for you in you.”

    A few weeks ago I read Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed). I loved it! Talk about vulnerability...

    Hope you're having a nice summer, Wendy!

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    1. So cool you read it too!

      You quoted a great passage!

      I appreciated Strayed's WILD so I'll have to read TBT! Thanks for mentioning.

      It's been a crazy summer--major home renovations and knee deep in a project I'm so excited to tell you about! Hope yours has been more restful than mine. ;-)

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