- “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle
- Read as an ebook
- 5/5 stars
- Finished December 19, 2017
The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.
Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.
Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another – and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.
Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.
Originally when I saw that this book had been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club I was ecstatic. I love Glennon Doyle. I read “Carry On, Warrior” and it has a quote in it that I want to get painted on the wall when I have kids for them to memorize and have on their heart. I love her heart for Jesus and that it isn’t tied to a specific denomination (or non-denomination) just..solely Him, and her walk through life. Glennon’s open honesty and just painful truth sometimes is actually one of the reasons I started my Millennial Christian blog collective because I realized how powerful her stories were to me, just because she was unafraid to write about things.
In this book, Glennon talks very candidly about her life, how her marriage came to be, and the brutally honest struggles they went through. Mainly, when it came out that her husband had cheated on her multiple times, and consistently throughout her marriage. Glennon doesn’t hold back what she’s feeling throughout this entire memoir and I think that’s why I love it so much. She talks about her failings and places where she struggled, and is just completely open and honest with her anger and stages of grief and mourning as she and Craig both try to answer the question, “What’s next?” Craig makes it clear to Glennon that he wants to try again, and do it right and she isn’t sure if she’s ready for that.
This story is raw, and beautiful, and hard. And I think that’s what I love most about Glennon Doyle, because she seems so bravely unafraid to bear her soul to the world. Almost like “I’ve been through enough, what else could I lose when I could have everything to gain?” and it makes me feel like she’s one of my closest friends, that I can call up and just talk to about how terrible my life is and then crawl into her shawl while she holds me and tells me it’s going to be okay. I cried with her in the book, and just wanted to buy her coffee and give her a hug and sit with her in the hard times.
I was surprised how much I absolutely loved this book and tore through it. I never wanted this book to end, because I love Glennon Doyle more than most authors I think. I totally understand why Oprah picked it for her book club.
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