Wholehearted Living Book Club

Debra Franke & Sarah Reckman are happy to invite you into our virtual book club where we will explore together what it means to live a wholehearted life, through an amazing book by a celebrated author, Brené Brown. A well-loved book that was Brené Brown's first, The Gifts of Imperfection has been relaunched as a gorgeous turquoise and gold anniversary edition, with more tools and insights than ever. We think it's the perfect time to gather around this title, and find ourselves deep in these pages.

We will be hosting a private Facebook Group, where we will meet, connect, discuss, reflect, and learn together. Perhaps think of it as a virtual living room book discussion, where we can be cozy, bring our blankets and sweaters, and wear our favourite slippers.

But WHY sign up for this book club, when there are so many book clubs already out there? Great question! Because this is not just about reading and discussing a book--this is about an entire experience. Bringing together our gifts of social work and psychology, along with years of experience in community building, mental wellness, and creative living, we want to go deeper than other book clubs, into a wholehearted place of fuller connection.

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Our book club will start on Nov 1, 2020. Each week we will post thoughtful discussion questions, journal prompts for reflection, and engaging activities for yourself and the group.

In addition, we can't wait to meet you 'face to face'! Biweekly, we will meet together virtually in a Live forum, to discuss our posts and how this book is speaking to us. You will be invited to bring your questions and insights so we can learn together. This will be a supportive time to relax, try a meditation/mindfulness activity, drink tea or wine, and enjoy each other's company in a season that can feel so isolating. We want the reading and conversation to unite us and bring us together, even when we are apart. 

Host & Social Worker


Hi, I’m Sarah – I love chai tea lattes, the beauty of fall, anything wine, and catching snowflakes on my tongue. You can either find me in my school counselling (as I am a social worker with over 10 years of experience) or chasing 2 little girls around who just love life and keep me on my toes. I also have a hard-working, caring, and supportive husband. 

I am on this beautiful journey reclaiming freedom from anxiety, living a wholehearted life, pursuing a meaningful career, and embracing each new stage of motherhood. I invite you to follow along through my blog

Host, Writer, Book Lover, & Librarian


Hello! I am a writer, poet, book lover, Librarian, blogger, dog mama, and taco-enthusiast. I love books and reading (especially when cozy with a tea or hot chocolate). I have led book clubs for years, and I have taught writing with many audiences, including participants with mental health needs and poverty struggles. I firmly believe that story, narrative, and writing are beautiful and therapeutic ways to better understand our own journey, find healing in our truth, and decide how we want our story to continue. I have an Honours BA (Psychology) and MA (English Literature/Creative Writing), and my poems have been published in several Canadian literary journals. I would love to have you follow along with me at

Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.


The Gifts of Imperfection

Here is what book sellers are saying... For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection...

What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.

Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.” (

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Brene Brown's Gift Hub

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Wholehearted Living Book Club

Happy reading!