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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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. " Untamed will liberate womeń”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 discontent́”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 voicé”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.
Publisher: 2020.
ISBN: 9781984801265
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Apr 04, 2021

I guess I just am tired of feeling like I'm being preached to by this type of author. Anyways, couldn't bother getting past the first couple of pages.

sjpl_rebekah Mar 24, 2021

It is really hard to review self-help books. They either resonate with you or they don’t, and the reasoning is usually deeply personal. For this reason, after finishing this book, my book club has decided to ban self-help books from being selected for future meetings.

This book did not resonate with me personally. I did think there were some valuable insights, and though I did agree with many of the points the author made, the whole book had an air of pretentiousness that did not sit well with me. It felt like the author was trying so hard to be authentic, that she instead came off as inauthentic. She overexplained her life decisions and although I am happy that she found happiness with her partner, it felt like she was trying to vindicate her actions through these long winded descriptions of their connection to one another.

I know other people enjoy her style of writing, but bottom-line is, I was not the right audience for this memoir.

Mar 03, 2021

Quick, short chapters but man does Glennon whine and whine and whine. I did laugh a few times, found two interesting ideas but I mostly rolled my eyes. I read based off a recommendation but I would never search out Doyle again.

Mar 03, 2021

This may be a memoir, but it's also a self-help book. I had never heard of Glennon Doyle. A friend lent this to me.
Her goal is to empower women with her story. I wasn't impressed. The first two-thirds of the book she's trying prove how self-actualized she has become and the rest of the book is about how neurotic, insecure, and controlling she is.

Doyle has some serious and insightful words dispersed among pages of romantic cliches. She can be humorous about her personality quirks, but the happily-ever-after, perfect bonus family image was hard to swallow.

She says she'll never stay in a situation she doesn't want to be in. Lucky her. But many of us regular folk have to struggle on a daily basis, sometimes just to stay afloat without the resources we need.

I empathize with her struggles with depression and anxiety. She is fortunate to get the help she needs. She is also blessed to have a family that has always stood by her.

A good memoirist tells their story and you can draw your own conclusions. Doyle, on the other hand, force-feeds you her philosophy to make sure you see things her way.

Feb 17, 2021

This author has me all confused. Although Glennon shares some great advice on topics, she certainly talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Seems to me this author is still lost and will never truly be happy.
There is a lot of religion in this book that I personally could not relate to.

Jan 20, 2021

This was an easy read, I loved the short, simple chapters. Some of Doyle's insights and anecdotes were moving for me, but many missed the mark. Specifically her chapters on parenting really rubbed me wrong, but that's probably because I'm not a parent and I'm closer in age to her children than her. If you're looking for a funny and bold self-help book, skip this one and read You Are a Badadd by Jen Sincero instead.

Donna_R Jan 17, 2021

I got this out because Kiddo heard Lana Condor (Lara Jean Covey in To all the boys I've loved before) recommended it. I read it all - not hard as it is bite-sized episodic chapters - but it was short on pearls. If I was to sum it up in one word - it would be "annoying". My major issues - how come there is an example of something that happened to a friend for every point she wants to illustrate? Despite the book proclaiming radical honesty, I felt most of it was dishonest and unconvincing.

Oct 19, 2020

A book is never a waste of time as long as you can take some positives/learning away from it... so it was worth reading but I wasn’t a fan of this book. Women need to try to stay true to themselves but your entire mantra (especially if you choose to be a parent) can not be self-centred and ego-centric, which seemed to be what Glennon Doyle preached...over and over and over.

JCLKelseyR Oct 02, 2020

This memoir of self-discovery and relentless self-love is one everyone, particularly every woman, should read. Doyle shares her raw and vulnerable story of falling in love unexpectedly as an established adult, and being courageous enough to let that love, and that vision of what her life could be, shape her reality.

Sep 22, 2020

I’m the only one who thinks this book was hard to read? I love Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and all the celebrities who say this is the best book they ever read. But no. The writing is fun and just enough of a depth to feel some connection to the life described, but for me I felt like I was reading one of those not at all sympathetic stories at the back of an old magazine about how I left my cheating spouse.

And I don’t get it. Everything about this book is exactly me. Somehow it felt aged, like from twenty years ago when people excused their behavior because of their star sign and told you you weren’t rich because you didn’t want it badly enough. It’s not that kind of a book, and the author writes like chocolate, but honestly, no. Obviously the author is more successful and better in every way than any of us regular people will ever be but I had to just stop. Sometimes a book isn’t for you.

Maybe another time.

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