I am usually not one for memoirs. And to my (pleasant) surprise, Glennon Doyle’s Untamed was the refutation to this belief. I absolutely fell in love with this book.
“The braver I am, the luckier I get.”
Glennon Doyle’s Untamed is a very different kind of memoir. This is rather a collection of essays from a personal perspective, with commentaries that provide an incredibly liberating and refreshing take on womanhood, on sexuality, on spirituality, and on feminism.
The back story: Doyle is a teacher, writer and motivational speaker, who has written two NYT Bestseller memoirs previously. The first, Carry On, Warrior, is a personal account of her struggles with addiction and eating disorders. The second, Love Warrior, is the reasons why she chose to take her husband back after she discovered his infidelity.
And the third? Untamed — which is Doyle’s discovery of her true self, after falling in love with soccer player Abby Wambach and leaving her husband for this new woman she loved. In this book, she discusses the struggles with this (seemingly) drastic change in her life, and how she and her family came out better for it. She discusses social constructs and pressures, and encourages women to stop listening to these pressures and instead trust the voice in ourselves. It’s the jolt of honesty that I think all us need to hear.
Untamed is a celebration of one’s own humanity: the flaws and the gifts, the ups and the downs, hard times and wonderful times. It is honest, vulnerable, liberating, & comforting — it inspires you to be grateful for the live you’ve lived and thrilled for the life ahead of you. I want every single woman I know and love to read this (men too), as I finished this book feeling freed, loved, and encouraged to take on the world.