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Featured Book: The Gifts of Imperfection

On a recent Sunday, Chris New, in his preaching, pointed up this book…as well he might. Publishers Weekly calls it “a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living.” And Niklas Goeke, for the website fourminutebooks.com, where he insists that professor, researcher, and author Brene Brown “never fails to deliver,” calls this the book “that really put her on the map.”
“Part of what makes this book so appealing,” critic Carrie Cheadle writes, “is how the author shares her own struggles with perfectionism….” A different reviewer—for The Coaching Tools Company website—adds, “What I love is the honesty with which she shares her mistakes and flaws, modelling the courage and vulnerability that she encourages us to embrace.”
Indeed, to some of us, just the two primary pages [56, 57] given over to perfectionism make the book “a must read”: in these she writes of the “dreams that we don’t follow because of our deep fear of failing, making mistakes, and disappointing others. It’s terrifying to risk when you’re a perfectionist; your self-worth is on the line.”
“Sick of having to pretend you’re perfect? Then,” as Goeke puts it, “let’s learn how to embrace your gifts of imperfection.”
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be, and Embrace Who You Are
By Brene Brown
Hazelden, 2010