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.
I literally stumbled across this book. I didn't know who Glennon was. I hadn't read her other books. But something about the cover caught my eye and then the synopsis pulled me in. I'm so glad it did. I chose to read it as an ebook. Halfway through had marked so many pages where the wisdom that leapt out at me, that I may need to reconsider. However, I did head off to the book store and bought several as Christmas gifts.
This is the book I wish I had read before marriage. This is the book I wish I had read before I had kids. It really is about envisioning and embracing your best life and empowering your children to do the same. It acknowledges that sometimes to live your best life, you have to break someone's heart. I certainly did. I never was able to become the person my parents wanted and always felt their disappointment keenly. But choosing to embrace what you know in your heart is your path is the only choice to have that best life.
I think today I'm going to buy a third print book just for me and I'm going to go through it with a neon yellow highlighter marking passages that land for me - something I never do with books. It feels like sacrilege. However, it means when I need a reminder to choose me, I can leaf through the book until the right quote leaps out.
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Meet the Author -UNTAMED (a Reese’s Book Club selection) and LOVE WARRIOR (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), as well as the New York Times bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. An activist and thought leader, Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy – raising over $25 Million for women, families, and children in crisis. She lives in Florida with her wife and three children.