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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed [Kindle Edition]

Glennon Doyle Melton
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Book Description

For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing herself to living out loud and giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Her hilarious and poignant observations have been read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, and have now inspired a social movement. In Carry On, Warrior, Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Her mistakes and triumphs demonstrate that love wins and that together we can do hard things. Melton is a courageous truth-teller and hopespreader, a wise and witty friend who emboldens us to believe in ourselves and reminds us that the journey is the reward. Carry On, Warrior proves that by shedding our weapons and armor, we can stop hiding, competing, and striving for the mirage of perfection, to build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.

Editorial Reviews


“In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Melton’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor will keep readers racing through the pages—and set them thinking more deeply about their own lives.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home)

“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?” (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers)

CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.” (Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God)

“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission--permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.” (Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkey Town and a Year of Biblical Womanhood)

“An inspirational guide. Only by living in a state of loving vulnerability [was Melton able] to do what she desired most: touch others and be touched by them in return. Gentle words of wisdom from a woman driven by 'senseless, relentless hope.'” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Refreshingly frank. Writing, or as she calls it 'living out loud,' is for Melton a bracing therapy to chase away loneliness, learn humility, and banish the fears of revealing the less than flattering sides of herself." (Publishers Weekly)

“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.” (Brené Brown, Ph.D. New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Tra)

“First and foremost, Melton's book is chock-a-block with great characters, and she's number one. Melton pulls this off with the help of smart, funny, plain prose.”— (The Agony Column

“Carry On Warrior is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend to share stories, laughter, and tears, mixed with a whole lot of “me too!”s and “I thought I was the only one.” You leave refreshed, renewed, and reminded that we aren't alone in this. Not even a little.It isn't the kind of book you put down and say “oh, that was good.” It’s the kind of book you put down, then go to the store and buy three more copies because you know you are going to run into someone who needs them.” (

“Glennon’s writing is like a warm embrace. She shines that little light of hers over the whole wide mommy world, reminding us that it is OK – more than OK, our right – to be who we are, no apologies. And we as mothers matter. Because when you spend so much time focusing on everyone else’s needs, you often forget that you count too.” (Family

“Will melt your heart and inspire you in one fell swoop!” (

Carry On, Warrior is precisely the kind of book I hope the parents in my congregation will read. Melton is a richly gifted storyteller, and her shamelessness is the best kind, rooted in a refusal to believe that she is anything other than a forgiven and beloved child of God.” (Katherine Willis Pershey, associate Pastor First Congregational Church of Western Springs Illinois Christian Century Magazine)

“Glennon is…a fantastic writer and speaker -- funny, real, open, passionate, heartfelt, and inspiring. I was inspired both personally and professionally by her presence, her talent, her humility, her message and her vulnerability.” (Mike Robbins Huffington Post, Good News Blog)

“Every once in a while, a writer turns up who is just that special. This is definitely the case with Glennon Doyle Melton. She’s a hit because everything she writes runs deep and true–and makes us laugh. Glennon’s like your favorite girlfriend: game to talk about anything, unafraid to take chances, and refreshingly honest about her past and present struggles.” (

"Sometimes, someone says exactly what you need to hear right when you need it most. Glennon Doyle Melton is that someone for me. I’ve been reading her lovely, funny new book, Carry on, Warrior—and when I got to the chapter titled, 'Don’t Carpe Diem,' I knew I’d found a spirit guide." (Ellen Pocost Westchester Parent Magazine)

“Melton, God love her, has the courage and the resolve and the wit to show us all of her dimensions. She's the anti-Instagram. Her words make the world a better place.And a healing place.” (Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

Glennon Doyle Melton is the founder of and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. She lives in Florida, with her family.

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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read April 4, 2013
By Chi
What a breath of fresh air. I have been reading Momastery for years but I felt that this book reached out to every woman who has had a past that is unconventional or difficult. Glennon's insights on how we can change the world simply by loving more thoughtfully and intentionally, even as a busy mom, made me stop and put into perspective my own life. Her writing is witty, hilarious, and purposeful. The daily antidotes about life with small children, being a believer in Jesus, a wife, sister and friend made me feel like we were kindred spirits. Kudos Glennon
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144 of 178 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Glennon and Momastery, and have been following her for a while. I was so excited about this book. I read it and there were definitely parts where I laughed and parts where I cried and paragraphs that I underlined and pages I dog eared to read again and again (especially "There You Are"). However, there were two things which overall I was disappointed with-1. vast majority of the book, I had already read on her blog. I found myself skipping many chapters to get to the new ones. 2. Lots of God/Jesus and religion and bible talk. Which is just not for me. FOR ME. I understand this may not be the opinion for anyone else which is why, of course, it's just that; my opinion. OK book. I'd recommend it to certain people, but not to every warrior, everywhere.
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48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this April 3, 2013
I have read this book cover to cover twice in the last 48 hours! I feel like Glennon is speaking directly to me. I especially love her letters to her son, and honesty about her checkered past. A perfect combination of humor, tears, and soul touching words. This book is a gift.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love wins April 4, 2013
By Ali
Format:Kindle Edition
I have followed Momastery for a long time and this book is a treasure. Wether you've read parts before or not we all need to learn more about love. Read this and love.
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44 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A blog post does not a chapter make. April 22, 2013
I really feel that I need to review this is two parts to accurately convey my feelings about this book, so I'm going to start with the nitty gritty here--the writing. I find books written from blogs to be problematic. Writing a book and writing a blog are not the same thing and, taking pieces from a blog and putting them into a book tends to be unsatisfying for me. A blog post does not a chapter make. I'm sure there have been blogs to books that are able to avoid this misstep, but Carry On, Warrior is not one of them.

Melton's writing is entertaining--in small doses. I suppose if I had had the luxury to read one chapter of this book every couple of days I might have found it more satisfying, but that was not the case. While there were passages, and sometimes entire chapters, that I found entertaining, the book as a whole was just too, well, bloggy.

Carry On, Warrior also fell into the chronology trap. On a blog, you can follow whatever timeline your heart desires--it is one of the freedoms a blog allows. However, you cannot apply that same principle in a book. Melton seemed to be all over the place with her chronology. For example, she talked about wanting to adopt. Then she talked about not adopting, then she finished the book with the entire adoption drama. I really just couldn't keep things straight.

Okay, part number two. If you are a fan of Melton's site, Momastery, you will like this book. In fact, I'd be surprised if you didn't absolutely love it. And you should stop reading this review right now.

I will admit that I'm not a regular reader of her blog, but I "like" her on Facebook and sometimes I pop in to see what she's writing about. However, beyond that, I am a pretty clean slate when it comes to Glennon Doyle Melton.
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Women April 2, 2013
By K.L
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
By now any reader looking for a review of this book has realized that Glennon has written a blog for several years called Momastery. Momastery is great as it is, but no reader needs to first delve into the blog in order to enjoy Glennon's book. Carry On, Warrior shares many of the same essays as Momastery; some have been edited/reworked and others are the summary of several years worth of essays. Some are brand new and provide a bridge between essays and themes. Don't feel that you have to do homework before reading the book. You're good to go.

The most important thing to understand about Glennon is that she doesn't write for the stay-at-home mom, or the working-mom, or the home-schooler, or the public-schooler, or the Christian/Muslim/Agnostic/Jew/Athiest, or the addict, or those who love addicts, or those whose lives have never been touched by addiction; she writes for all of them. And all she asks is that as readers we just show up as we are.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glennon writes for so many of us... April 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a Monkee so I loved Glennon before I ever got the book, but to have all of her thoughts compiled for devouring, so readily available in a single book, is almost too much - in a fantastic, too many presents, kind of way. Glennon's honesty at both the brutal and beautiful nature of life is a breath of fresh air in a world that spends too much time hiding and not enough time revealing.

We can not all live life as openly as what God has gifted Glennon with the courage and strength to do, but we can all live life more openly in line with what God has gifted each of us. I pray that this book transfers that courage out into the world a million times. I pray that everyone takes a moment to soften into life and understand that we are responsible for each other.

Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to agree with everything she says, ...
You don't have to agree with everything she says, but you have to admire her honesty and open perspective. I laughed AND cried reading this!
Published 5 days ago by Samantha Poisson-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!
Can't get enough of her writing!! Her honesty is inspiring and has changed my life! So grateful she had the courage to show her true self and show that small things can do great... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lindsey Bloodworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift to every reader
Honest, raw, uplifting, truth-telling novel. It will change your outlook on life for the better. And I can't wait for the next one!
Published 12 days ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, honest, and great book for moms!
This book is AMAZING! I was given this book as a gift from a friend and was so refreshing and enlightening. Glennon's writing really connects the writer and the reader together. Read more
Published 14 days ago by R. Dolby
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever!!!!
As a Mom, best book ever! I buy it as a gift for new Moms & any Mom who hasn't had the opportunity to read it! Glennon has changed my life! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Stephanie M. Sevigny
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
Inspiring book from a warm, funny and talented writer. If you read Glennon's blog, Momastery, you'll love this book. Buy it.
Published 22 days ago by Liz T.
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love this book
G, you speak to my soul & have helped me move forward in changes I've needed to make for decades. Thank you.
Published 23 days ago by M. Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This book was the most hilarious, yet poignant book I have ever read. I'm not yet a mother and I still found it to be incredibly helpful.
Published 24 days ago by Kelleigh L.
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this
Honest, heartfelt and raw..exactly what I needed to read right now. I loved it. Some chapters broke me to tears and others made me laugh like a maniac. Read more
Published 26 days ago by S. Wickware
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
If you are a woman, mother, sister, this is a must read! I was laughing out loud, nodding in agreement, fist pumping, and crying.
Published 29 days ago by Lauren L Stahlman
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More About the Author

Glennon Doyle Melton began writing in July 2009 as a part of her need to "live out loud" as she celebrates and wrestles with her family, marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery. Author of Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed (Scribner, April 2013), Glennon has a gift for expressing the universal truth in her life, giving voice to our shared experiences and allowing us to feel known. She easily expresses what so many of us think but would not dare say aloud. An in-demand speaker and regular contributor to Huffington Post, Glennon unleashes her wit, courage and irreverence to call us to accept ourselves exactly as we are today, but also, incidentally inspires us to live bolder, more meaningful lives.

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