Brené Brown is a social worker, researcher, PhD, and explorer of all things human and feelings like courage, vulnerability, and shame. Her TEDtalk is one of the top-viewed videos!

Daring Greatly, one of her three New York Times bestsellers, explains how vulnerability is at the core of all feelings; difficult feelings like fear, anxiety, and shame, and positive ones like love, joy, and passion. She teaches that we could all use a little more vulnerability in our lives and that embracing it means being courageous. By doing so we might not be able to fully eradicate shame from our lives, but we can build up shame resilience and develop healthy ways to identify, process, and move forward when shame strikes. 

The Daring Greatly Study Companion provides conversation prompts to be used in a Small Group setting. The Book Questions probe Brown's views on vulnerability, while the Bible Questions explore God’s model of healthy vulnerability, which can begin to transform our narratives of shame.  

Notes for Leaders


Discussion Guide

Once you've agreed upon your Group Norms and taken Week One to get to know each other using the Introduction Questions, you're ready to begin your eight-week book study of Daring Greatly! 
Questions are provided in a printer-friendly version for ease of use:

Spiritual Practices to Accompany Your Study

As you take on a new study and a new commitment in your life, it can be helpful to integrate spiritual practices as well. Below are two that assist with reading scripture and with integrating prayer in your daily life.


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