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Brené Brown on the Church as Midwife

Popular author and speaker Brené Brown recently described what she called a "breakdown" that propelled her to go back to church. But in a video interview she said:

I definitely went [back to church] for all the wrong reasons. I really went because this is hard and this hurts, and in all the midlife unraveling books they say "go back to church, that's what everybody does." So I went back to church thinking that it would be like an epidural, like it would take the pain away, like I would just replace research with church, you know, the church would make the pain go away. And then [I discovered that] faith and church was not like an epidural at all; it was like a midwife who just stood next to me and said, "Push! It's supposed to hurt."

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