Book Review: Rising Strong By Jessica Asbell If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up, says Bren Brown about her book, Rising Strong. Weve all fallen on our face at some point. A relationship goes south; we lose a job, or someone we thought was a friend betrays us. All eyes are on us; there are supporters, yes, but also many critics. So what do we do? We rise; we put ourselves out there; we make ourselves vulnerable. We know its the only way to live a wholehearted life. When were vulnerable, we open ourselves up to pain, but we also open ourselves up to love and to hope. In Rising Strong, Brown breaks it down into three things: the reckoning, the rumble and the revolution. The reckoning means facing things. We must be honest about our feelings. Its hard to own our emotions, but its the only way to begin healing. And once we own our feelings, Brown says we must rumble with them. We rumble with our stories when we write them down, when we relive our stories, and make sense of what happened. We must rumble with our disappointments, expectations, resentment, heartbreak, grief or whatever it is that happened and how it made us feel. Finally, after we rumble with these things, the revolution begins because we own up to our mistakes and failures. Growth and vitality come, and we are stronger than we were before. So, we tentatively put ourselves out there again. Theres no guarantee that we wont fall again. In fact, its pretty much guaranteed that we will. But we will be stronger and more capable of reckoning with our emotions, rumbling with our stories and our disappointments, and once again, revolution will come. In Rising Strong, Bren Brown gives us the tools we need to move on from our pain, and live wholeheartedly.