This might be one of my new favorite self help books, and not just because its full of useful insight on how to change around your life and pull yourself out of funks, but because it’s all about being true to yourself no mater what box you happen to fit in… or NOT fit in, for that matter.
Glennon braids her personal experience and life story in such a way that she’s able to pass out advice as if it’s endless. Picture a super rich woman with a stack of cash ‘making it rain’, like they do in the movies – you know with a flat hand on top of the stack, pushing out one bill at a time at supper speed so the dollars are falling to their feet like the weather.
I think of Glennon all light and airy, and the stack of cash being advice, and she’s laughing along with the way with her ex husband and her now wife at her side cheering her on. “Give those words, Woman, make it rain.” lol… okay, my imagination just got the best of me… but seriously, that how it felt. She’s a waterfall of umph, a spewer of life lessons, a sharer of learning experiences. No shame in the growth game. I think that’s how you can really tell when someone has grown above their traumas and broken cycles, is when they can openly talk about their once (self-proclaimed-shameful) secrets as easily and openly as it was last nights dinner.
Glennon openly talks about how she’s written self help books in the past, all the while she was in the middle of very hard times in her life with her divorce and husband’s infidelity, and trying to sort her feelings for women. She had to give speeches on her ‘wonderful life’ all the while she was suffering inside. She talk about the changes she made, and the struggles she’s went through since she was a kid. She tells about her parenting experiences and outlooks which is great! And she tells about her transition into her new life with Abby her now wife.
Of everything that Glennon covers in this book, what I love the most is her drive and energy. The way she looks at people in general with all of the conditioned rules and boxes and ways to lump types of people is really quite impressive. Her outlook is an inspiration all around and I very much enjoyed the entire book from cover to cover.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over two million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick)
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire • Bloomberg • Parade • “Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love
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.