by Glennon Doyle
"It's an absolute joy to announce Glennon Doyle's Untamed as my April book pick. This memoir is so packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, what it means to be 'good', and what woman will do in order to be loved. I swear I highlighted something in EVERY chapter. This book really spoke to me in so many ways! Thank you, Glennon, for sharing your heart and soul with us! Happy listening, everybody!" (Reese Witherspoon)
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, best-selling author, “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 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