Untamed - Glennon Doyle

Untamed

By Glennon Doyle

  • Release Date: 2020-03-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! “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.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire Bloomberg Parade • “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 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.

Reviews

  • Untamed

    5
    By Oni Mamo
    Such a good book! I cried so many times because Glennon was able to capture my exact thoughts and feelings in countless situations through her own experiences. It was eye opening, brave and courageous and truly life changing.
  • Stunning from start to finish

    5
    By very.carrie7
    Glennon Doyle has helped me sink into my knowing more than I ever have. Her writing is a feast for the mind. She writes with such vivid emotion and logic and clarity. I hope one day I get to write the way she does. With conviction and fearlessness.
  • A story of becoming a truer version of you.

    5
    By I am Jess.
    Evolution is my word for the season. Glennon’s story of becoming, of “I am”, spoke strongly to me for I have always fought the Knowing and tried to fit in with what was right at that moment. When I was in my 20s, I married knowing he was not a man that I would be able grow with. I walked away when I was ready. When I was 30, I became engaged to the man who impregnated me to keep me around. I walked away when I was ready. Now, I am 42. On my 40th birthday I declared that this decade was for me. Glennon’s story resonates true to that declaration.
  • Awesome

    5
    By Yari yari
    Love
  • My new #1!

    5
    By Lunah II
    This book just topped my all time favorites list. A list which has had the same number 1, for 30 years. Thank you Glennon Doyle, for reminding women everywhere that we are not crazy. We are goddamn Cheetahs.
  • No thanks

    1
    By savannahjo36
    This was the first book in years I could not finish. The flow was choppy and her tone was incredibly patronizing and whiny. I usually try to finish all books, even those I don’t love or even like but I couldn’t finish this one. Waste of time!
  • Inspiring, Empowering & Beautiful!

    5
    By AngieCeleste
    I really enjoyed this book. I felt almost every chapter had a nugget that I could walk around with and ponder. I usually like books that you read from beginning to end that tell a story. I had to adjust to realize that her style of writing isn’t that way and it’s gloriously written in a way only Glennon could tell stories that are so wonderful. Everyone I let borrow it is in love with her heart and wisdom.
  • Therapy 101

    3
    By VAisforMothers
    If you’ve never been to therapy, you may enjoy this book as a quick start guide. If you find it to hold many answers for you, you may want to enjoy the real and sustaining benefits of psychotherapy yourself. I found it to be repetitive, preachy, and directed to an audience of people like herself (privileged women struggling with self acceptance). I do think it has value for a specific audience in that it covers basic concepts of self acceptance, mindfulness and making intentional choices.
  • Yes!!

    5
    By ChelsLeigh!
    Each story was powerful. Deeply appreciate the truth and vulnerability. Love love loved!!
  • 105

    5
    By KatarinaElliott
    Katarina