Worth It
Brit Barron grew up in an Evangelical megachurch in the '90s, trying to fit neatly inside the boundaries her church and its narrow view of God had placed around her. She was boxed in by her fears, unable to realize her full potential. All that changed when she met a girl named Sami, fell in love, and chose to leave behind those narrow boundaries in favor of a fuller and more vibrant life.In Worth It, Brit tells her story to inspire all of us to overcome our own fears--the kinds of fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been handed to us by others. We can't avoid or outrun these fears, but if we face them, we'll find out that it was so worth it!

Worth It Details

TitleWorth It
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2020
PublisherBroadleaf Books
ISBN-139781506463278
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Worth It Review

  • Meghanne Kerr
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book and wow is it one of my favorites I've ever read. I found Brit "Beans" Barron through Rise conference and her sense of humor and transparency has been something I admired since seeing her speak on a stage in Dallas. Through social media I met her wife Sami and got a glimpse into their beautiful love story. 'Worth It' tells the trauma and triumph of their love through the battles that Beans has faced. It makes you tear up when she describes the I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book and wow is it one of my favorites I've ever read. I found Brit "Beans" Barron through Rise conference and her sense of humor and transparency has been something I admired since seeing her speak on a stage in Dallas. Through social media I met her wife Sami and got a glimpse into their beautiful love story. 'Worth It' tells the trauma and triumph of their love through the battles that Beans has faced. It makes you tear up when she describes the people at her wedding and how she had to feel so ashamed of her identity. And equally I laughed out loud more times than I could count while reading Beans' stories and some childhood memories. This debut book is full of reasons to have joy, appreciate those around you and realize that anything worth having will be 'Worth It'. This is a book I will read over and over again and tell anyone who will listen to do the same!
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  • Kami Bates
    January 1, 1970
    Brit Barron grew up in suburban Colorado, a Black-Mexican woman in the Evangelical church who often found herself as the only Black woman in the room and the only girl on her hockey team, forced at a young age to learn how to defend her existence. She attended a conservative Christian college, became a pastor at a megachurch, and felt that she had "arrived." Then she fell in love with a young woman named Sami. That love led her to embrace her sexuality, leave the community and job that she once Brit Barron grew up in suburban Colorado, a Black-Mexican woman in the Evangelical church who often found herself as the only Black woman in the room and the only girl on her hockey team, forced at a young age to learn how to defend her existence. She attended a conservative Christian college, became a pastor at a megachurch, and felt that she had "arrived." Then she fell in love with a young woman named Sami. That love led her to embrace her sexuality, leave the community and job that she once felt safe and comfortable in, and find freedom that she never thought possible.I've had the great fortune to hear Barron teach and preach, and this book is like a text full of sermons. Her writing is approachable, friendly, and joy-filled - just like Barron herself. She weaves everyday anecdotes with stories of heartbreak and hard decisions, holding her past self, fears, and relationships with honesty and care. Out and proud queer people will be reminded of their own strength through re-living Barron's journey, and those in the closet will be inspired to leave oppressive boxes and spaces behind them. Although this book is intended for and will resonate most with those connected to (especially Evangelical) Christianity, anyone who's felt a disconnect between who they are and how they're living won't be able to read it without feeling a stir in their heart to take a deep breath, have courage, and move towards wholeness.Worth It is full of encouraging quotes and sound bites, little nuggets that ring true and sound good. But the power of those nuggets come from Barron's willingness to share her journey and help others find their freedom, and they cannot and should not be divorced from that. I'll also note that I received an advanced reader copy of this book and am a proud member of her launch team. More than a stand-alone, this book is part of the vast body of Barron's work (including anti-racism and sharing the biggest story of God possible) and a vibrant, growing movement. Welcome, friends.• • •"It blows my mind to think about the fact that I almost gave up everything I have now for people in a room whose names I can barely remember. I almost let the approval and disapproval of peripheral characters in my life keep me in a cocoon that was only hurting me—not them.""It’s okay to look at yourself in the mirror sometimes and remind yourself who the fuck you are. Actually, it’s not just okay—it’s necessary. If you look in the mirror and don’t see strength, then grab a picture of someone you see strength in and borrow theirs until you can see it in yourself.""You can stop being who you are, stop moving forward in your life, stop pursuing love so you can keep people and circumstances in your life the same, or you can shed that false self but know that everyone might not feel the same about who you really are. Both are hard, but one is free.""Freedom is the opposite of fear because fear is oppression. Fear keeps us bound and keeps us small. Freedom says, 'Go, grow as big as you can, and go as far as you can. Tell as many stories as you can, and never be afraid that you will outgrow goodness.'""I don’t think it’s an accident that so much of my healing has come from reclaiming the thing that hurt me. The same is probably true for you. Our healing doesn’t come from avoiding, pretending, or moving on. Our healing most times looks like going head-on into those wounds and reclaiming the things in our lives that we have lost.""Our deepest journeys of healing happen when we are able to reclaim the very thing that hurt us, the very narrative that oppressed us, the very story that kept us small."
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  • Crystal Freund
    January 1, 1970
    Beans is an incredible storyteller. She shares her experiences in a way that is both real and affirming. She doesn't tell you it will be easy to be true to who you really are – it is definitely not. Instead, she confirms it will be worth it on the other side. The perspective and insight in this book really resonated with me. One of the stories in particular. Beans talks about her friend with special needs and her willingness to change her behavior as a result of her relationship with him yet she Beans is an incredible storyteller. She shares her experiences in a way that is both real and affirming. She doesn't tell you it will be easy to be true to who you really are – it is definitely not. Instead, she confirms it will be worth it on the other side. The perspective and insight in this book really resonated with me. One of the stories in particular. Beans talks about her friend with special needs and her willingness to change her behavior as a result of her relationship with him yet she wasn't willing to do the same for her friend who is gay. I literally said “Whoa!” OUT LOUD. The ability and/or willingness to change is directly related to the stories we are told and the values that we hold. It is up to us to change that narrative if it no longer serves us or the world we want to live in. She says, “Whenever we choose to let our love for people expand the story, we're on the right track". Here are a couple more quotes that especially spoke to me:“Change costs us, fear is real, but even when everything you fear happens, the person you’ll become on the other side of those fears is a fuller version of yourself.”“It’s okay to look at yourself in the mirror sometimes and remind yourself who the fuck you are. Actually, it’s not just okay—it’s necessary.”At the end of the book, Beans talks about “feeling”. I felt it. Throughout the whole book. I could feel the strength, the joy and the redemption in her story. Your journey does not need to look like hers to find value in her message. If you are looking for a book to make you think about who you are – you've found it. It and you are WORTH IT!P.S. I first “met” Beans at RISExMINN and then again at RISExLIVE. This is why I refer to her as "Beans" - because that's what her friends call her and she said we became friends when I became a part of her launch team ;) I got an advanced copy of this book and I am so excited the whole world gets to experience her voice! Want to dig a little deeper? I would encourage you to check out all the other valuable work she continues to do in this space.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I have been blessed to read an advance copy of Worth It, and it is one of the best books I have read in 2020 so far! Brit Barron is a beautiful storyteller. I could hear her voice as I was reading each page! In the wake of what is going on in the world today, Brit’s words are exactly what we need to hear. Her story is relatable, and the lessons she has learned can apply to everyone’s unique situation. The most important thing I learned is that in order to be truly free, we need to SHARE our free I have been blessed to read an advance copy of Worth It, and it is one of the best books I have read in 2020 so far! Brit Barron is a beautiful storyteller. I could hear her voice as I was reading each page! In the wake of what is going on in the world today, Brit’s words are exactly what we need to hear. Her story is relatable, and the lessons she has learned can apply to everyone’s unique situation. The most important thing I learned is that in order to be truly free, we need to SHARE our freedom. And healing is a process and takes time. “Your freedom and healing and my freedom and healing need each other.” Life is hard, Brit says, but finding and sharing freedom, learning to heal, is it worth it. Doing hard things is worth it. Pain often comes from the same well as joy, Brit recounts, so if you are looking for some freedom and healing, Brit shares her beautiful story with us and the things she has learned on her journey. She has inspired me to keep doing hard things and live into my truth. I am capable, and I will keep going!
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  • Alishia Copanos
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive and advanced copy of this book as part of the launch team. I have been following Beans on social media for over a year after discovering her via Rachel Hollis. I cannot sing enough praise regarding the message she shares with the world. The book made me laugh, cry, and laugh again all before chapter 1. If you’re facing tough times, living in fear, struggling to live in authenticity, or just want to look at a different perspective- this book is for you. Living as a l I was lucky enough to receive and advanced copy of this book as part of the launch team. I have been following Beans on social media for over a year after discovering her via Rachel Hollis. I cannot sing enough praise regarding the message she shares with the world. The book made me laugh, cry, and laugh again all before chapter 1. If you’re facing tough times, living in fear, struggling to live in authenticity, or just want to look at a different perspective- this book is for you. Living as a lesbian in the south being a Christian seems out of reach or not possible anymore. This book gives me hope that I’ll find a home church once again. It’s so encouraging to see both/and play out over and over again in this book and know that it’s possible for everybody. This is a book I will read over and over again as a reminder that both/and is not only possible but will give me freedom to live authentically in everything that I do!
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  • Brittanie
    January 1, 1970
    I've had the honor to watch Brit 'Beans' Barron grace the stage at RISE Conference, have listened to numerous podcast episodes featuring her, have enjoyed reading her weekly newsletter, and have frequently watched livestream's of her and her wife, Sami, on Instagram, and I can say without a doubt that the same energy, enthusiasm, humor, and realness she brings on stage and online is woven throughout the pages of her new book, Worth It.This book truly made me feel ALL the feelings - joy, sadness, I've had the honor to watch Brit 'Beans' Barron grace the stage at RISE Conference, have listened to numerous podcast episodes featuring her, have enjoyed reading her weekly newsletter, and have frequently watched livestream's of her and her wife, Sami, on Instagram, and I can say without a doubt that the same energy, enthusiasm, humor, and realness she brings on stage and online is woven throughout the pages of her new book, Worth It.This book truly made me feel ALL the feelings - joy, sadness, hope, love - but most of all gratitude - Gratitude for how she worked up the courage to own her truth, to speak her story, and to share it with the world.Beans is and will be an inspiration and leader for many within and without the LGBTQIA+ and Spiritual world.Thank you, Beans, for this gift! Such a delightful and easy read that anyone who is on the path of growth can find something to relate to.
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  • Kim Graff Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book and I am so glad I did. I had already pre-ordered it after seeing Brit speak at a Hollis Co. Rise event (and can't wait to have that copy as well). I read this book in one day it was so good. Brit has a way of bringing her story to life and making it relatable, even if you don't have the same struggles that she talks about. It is a great reminder that we are all worth being who we were meant to be and not putting so much weight on what others think about us. " I received an ARC copy of this book and I am so glad I did. I had already pre-ordered it after seeing Brit speak at a Hollis Co. Rise event (and can't wait to have that copy as well). I read this book in one day it was so good. Brit has a way of bringing her story to life and making it relatable, even if you don't have the same struggles that she talks about. It is a great reminder that we are all worth being who we were meant to be and not putting so much weight on what others think about us. "If you stand still or try to stop the ripples you create for others, you are going to miss the very best parts that this life has to offer." I would recommend this book to any teenage girl (or grown woman) looking to find/define themselves while they figure out life or are struggling thru a hard season. I can't wait to read it again in the hard copy and underline all my favorite parts again <3 Thanks Brit!
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I have followed Rachel Hollis for about a year and listened to Brit Barron's talk during the RISE LIVE event earlier this year and her talk during the "Next 90 Day Challenge". Both were powerful experiences. As a white, straight woman I have limited experiences and have tried this year to expand my worldview and the voices of experiences into my life. Brit Barron told her story in an authentic and vulnerable way that made for enjoyable reading but held concepts and thoughts that I can spend a ve I have followed Rachel Hollis for about a year and listened to Brit Barron's talk during the RISE LIVE event earlier this year and her talk during the "Next 90 Day Challenge". Both were powerful experiences. As a white, straight woman I have limited experiences and have tried this year to expand my worldview and the voices of experiences into my life. Brit Barron told her story in an authentic and vulnerable way that made for enjoyable reading but held concepts and thoughts that I can spend a very long time pondering. Thank you, Brit Barron, for sharing your story. Beautiful.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Brit Barron aka Beans has an amazing story to tell you. Worth It is Brit Barron's story of becoming all you were meant to be. We live in a world where people hide parts of themselves to better assimilate to the crowd they are surrounded by. We are not a society of people that openly accept people for being different than ourselves. This is sometimes a hard concept to fully understand. Worth It could not have chosen a better time to arrive on book shelves. This book will have you see another side Brit Barron aka Beans has an amazing story to tell you. Worth It is Brit Barron's story of becoming all you were meant to be. We live in a world where people hide parts of themselves to better assimilate to the crowd they are surrounded by. We are not a society of people that openly accept people for being different than ourselves. This is sometimes a hard concept to fully understand. Worth It could not have chosen a better time to arrive on book shelves. This book will have you see another side of the acceptance. It takes courage to be unapologetic you. It should be so natural to be your true self in any situation, but that is not how life is. Brit Barron wrote "...but I realized that sometimes just existing as a woman of color in a room is powerful. I don't need to perform or teach or explain; I can just be." This was so enlightening as I have been searching for the words to explain my own feelings of being true to yourself. Brit Barron has brought my thoughts to words on the page. Later on another page, "Stop defending your existence and show us how to be here." This, right here is exactly what we should be doing. We know that in order to teach our children we must model the behavior we are seeking to see, so why are we not modeling the behavior we are seeking within our selves and others around us?
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  • Janna
    January 1, 1970
    We are all afraid. Of something. Of many things. But if we move through our fears, especially those fears created by opinions or limitations of others thrust upon us, we can become liberated and be the person we were made to be! Brit tells us her own personal story of learning to overcome her fears and how it was totally WORTH IT! If you're in need of a book to inspire, motivate and encourage you, this is it!
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  • Kristine Ives
    January 1, 1970
    I started this book last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it today. I was struck and deeply moved by Britt’s authenticity and vulnerability as she shared her story. Her bravery rings through every word, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, has worked through a deconstruction and rebuilt a faith centered around a loving and inclusive Jesus who fights hard against injustice.
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  • Amanda Regan
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and I am so glad I did!! This book is full of genuine stories told from the heart that guide the reader in so many incredible life lessons. Beans is raw and real and so relatable. Her experiences as a woman of color, a gay Christian and just a regular old human trying to do right in this crazy life help us all look at our lives and work through fear and doubt and be our best selves. It was a quick read, because I couldn't put it down!!
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I read Brit’s book in one sitting. I’ve been following her for years on social media, but this deep dive into her journey gave even more insight into her journey of becoming her authentic self. It’s a great reminder to choose a path that is right for you, not the path you think will make everyone else happy. I highly recommend you read this book. It’s worth it! 😉
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  • Erica Johns
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a great read, it is a beautifully written by Brit about over coming your fear and learning to live your truth. I think everyone can benefit from this book and I believe it is one you can read over and over. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the book and I cannot recommend it enough!! Worth it!!
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  • Sarah Hassel
    January 1, 1970
    Brit is one of the most uplifting speakers and storytellers of our time. This book is such a gift when so many people have the time to spend looking tmat their own lives and making changes so they can become who they were made to become. You are worth it! Just read this one!
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  • DL
    January 1, 1970
    I have been following Brit on social for a few years through following Rachel Hollis. It’s been amazing to hear her talk about writing a book and now I’ve just read it! Love seeing her journey and I absolutely LOVED the book! I couldn’t recommend it enough.
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  • Jessy Munch
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book! I have seen Beans on stage at Rise, I follow her and I appreciate all she wrote about. I read it on a drive yesterday and finished it today, easy read and so worth it! A good mix of so many important things.
  • Erin Wert
    January 1, 1970
    Thankful for Brit’s vulnerability and freedom.
  • Sarah Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy. If you’re into personal development at all, this is a great book for you!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Raw, honest, and so many nuggets of wisdom. Main take away - being your true authentic self may come with challenges, but it is absolutely Worth It!
  • Becca Moravec
    January 1, 1970
    Inspiring and encouraging - a great read for anyone feeling stuck and wanting to move into a more authentic life. I had tears and laughter almost the whole way through.
  • Caitlin DeMara
    January 1, 1970
    I really hope Beans continues to write. This book was full of truths and hope. Her story is unique to her, but familiar to so many.
  • Korbi Hyde
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. Brit has some very profound statements and insight to share in such a quick read.
  • Tiffany McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal! This book will shine a light on anyone that is struggling to overcome their fear so that they can begun living THEIR life.
  • Courtney Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    What a great great great book! I hope everyone reads it.
  • Darci Kester
    January 1, 1970
    I was so blessed to get an advance copy of this book. The stories woven throughout send a powerful message! Very inspiring!
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to get an advanced copy of this book. I was in awe of the authenticity and the power Brit Barron has with language. This is a must read for anyone looking to live their life unapologetically authentic!
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