You are your best thing

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Lived experience trumps academic experience.

Title: You are your best thing

Author: Brene' Brown & Tarana Burke

Year: 2021

Summary:The book explores powerful themes such as shame, humanity, and healing. For anyone who has not read it, the three core themes of the book are: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience & Lived Experience. Brené Brown and Tarana Burke edited this magnificent book which is structured as a collection of twenty compelling, honest, and eye-opening stories written by different individuals. Their stories uncover and highlight the black lived experience in America and their personal journeys with vulnerability and shame resilience.

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3.0

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Learnability

2.0

Topic accuracy

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Real world application

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Reviewer's comment:

I went into this book with an expectation about learning more about the Black experience. I must say I'm disappointed mostly that this goal was not achieved. I think the experiences of the writers added the LGBTQI which clouded my understanding of whether this was black or Queer. I did get the impression that a liberal dose of God is what is missing in this modern secular world which is rapidly awarding absurd views as mainstream.

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I liked hearing from different authors

Cons

I couldn't follow a consistent theme

Readability

4.0

Detail

2.0

Learnability

4.0

Topic accuracy

3.0

Real world application

2.0

Reviewer's comment:

I really enjoyed this book. It was heart wrenching at times and as I read further and further it forced me to read the stories from a different perspective. The first half of the book I was reading through my own lenses and it made it hard to relate because I am a white, straight, middle classed male from Australia. The second half of the book, after trying to change my lens had a much deeper effect on my. I saw the stories differently and it completely changed how I interpreted the book. This is not a book I would have picked up before this, and am very glad that I did. Reviewing the book. I do feel that because the stories were short and there wasn't a flow on from writer to writer, it felt quite disjointed. This also made it harder to really connect with the people in the stories, because by the time I got there, it was over and we were moving onto something else. The stories and the messages, were insightful, heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. And even though there is a lack of flow between the chapters, I would still recommend everyone to read it. But first, take off your current lenses, and read it with zero predetermined ideas.

Pros

Amazing stories

Insightful

Educational

Connection through authentic lived experiences

Cons

Disjointed reading

Takes a few chapters to really get into it

Readability

3.0

Detail

5.0

Learnability

4.0

Topic accuracy

3.0

Real world application

4.0

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