The False Self, our “elaborate fig leaf” as John eloquently names, is so close to “us” it is hard to identify it. It’s a mask that has become so normal, that we have worn for so long, we are able to draw little distinction between our true self and the “self” that we have become. That false self, since the fall of man, is most deeply rooted in shame and fear (Gen. 3). Brene Brown’s research is the best I have seen. She has mined “data with a soul” for over a decade to expose the roots of shame and fear and offer some life-giving possibilities in walking out into true shame resilience and steps toward freedom. When taking her research and teaching, and then adding to it the essential categories of spiritual warfare (1 Peter 5, Ephesians 6) and true inner healing available today through Jesus (Isaiah 61) it’s a revolutionary model of wholeness.
Below is a description from Amazon:
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.
In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.