Untamed by Glennon Doyle
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the beloved activist, speaker, and bestselling author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and start trusting the voice deep within us.
This is how you find yourself.
There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.
For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.
Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.
Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
March 10th, 2020
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Untamed was one I was a little uncertain about beforehand (I didn’t love Glennon Doyle’s last two books) but it ended up blowing me away!
Glennon Doyle’s writing has really “grown-up” in her 2020 release and I appreciated the down to earth and unpreachy vibe SO much. This book was such a deep reminder of trusting ourselves even on very uncertain paths.
I read this book in March when our world was full of so much uncertainty and my anxiety was skyrocketing. It has since been picked as Reese’s Book Club selection and also a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Doyle’s short stories and messages about following our hearts while having compassion for the world around us is something I will never forget and seems to have affected many other readers as well.
“Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy.”
Are you a non-fiction reader? Have you read Untamed? And if you aren’t, Untamed would be a great introduction to the non-fiction book genre! I am discussing Untamed over on my Instagram account @genthebookworm this morning and would love to hear your thoughts!
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