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Love Warrior: A Memoir Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 6, 2016
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"A testament to the power of vulnerability. Glennon shows us the clearest meaning of 'To thine own self be true.' It's as if she reached into her heart, captured the raw emotions there, and translated them into words that anyone who’s ever known pain or shame―in other words, every human on the planet―can relate to. She's bravely put everything on the table for the whole world to see."
― Oprah Winfrey (Oprah's Book Club 2016 selection)
"Love Warrior reaches a depth of truth and power and emotional gravity that is rarely seen in the world, and even more rarely spoken aloud. Glennon's story about the resurrection of her marriage (a tale of a woman daring to come into her body, and a man daring to come into his mind, and the two of them daring―with outrageous courage―to trust each other) is something beyond merely inspirational; it is epic. I think of this book as the vital, long-overdue, much-needed sister memoir to Eat Pray Love. Glennon lifts the roof off her whole house―her whole life―and examines everything, right out in the open. She has, indeed, become a Love Warrior. This book is an act of love and truth and generosity; it will change lives."
― Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love
"This is a book about what it means to be human―to wrestle with love, hurt, addiction, vulnerability, intimacy, and grace. Love Warrior blew me away. We can all find pieces of our own stories reflected in Glennon's powerful words. We are so lucky to have her courage and wisdom in the world. We need this kind of truth telling if we are ever going to find our way back to each other."
― Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly
"How can I do justice to this book? Moving and brilliant and funny and shocking and heartbreaking and inspiring, Love Warrior raises provocative questions about just what is possible for a person, a marriage, a family, a life. At the heart of this story is the insistence that we don't have to settle―we can explore our shadows, and we're not just going to survive it, but we're going to come out the other side a whole new person with new love, new hope, new strength, and maybe even a new marriage. This is a big, stunning, buoyant, honest, raw glimpse into the life of an astonishing woman, but it is also a punch in the face to anyone anywhere who believes that this is just how it is and it's not going to get any better."
― Rob Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins
"This elegant, moving memoir is about one woman's marriage but also much more than that. Glennon writes about a hunger for love that all of us feel and the only food that ultimately feeds us. She understands the unique relationship between spiritual and romantic love, and in finding one, she masters the other. Truly a wonderful book."
― Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love
"When I finished the last page of Love Warrior, I sobbed. I sobbed because I was in awe. Because I didn't want it to end. Because it made me believe more deeply in love, in humanity, in forgiveness, in God, in marriage. Glennon and Craig have invited us so far into the messy, beautiful, difficult insides of their hearts and lives, and what we find there is profoundly inspiring. This is a book that will change lives, change marriages, change the way we think and talk about what love really is."
― Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of Present Over Perfect
"A compelling story about self-discovery. Candid, brave, and generous."
― Kirkus Reviews
"Glennon Doyle Melton has mastered sharing her emotional life with the world, which she does nearly daily on momastery.com. Now she lays herself bare once again in Love Warrior, chronicling her struggles and the depths of her resilience in the darkest of times. A heroic achievement."
― Family Circle
"A haunting powerhouse of a book."
"A book with so much painful truth packed into its pages that every person who's ever married or plans to marry should really give it a read."
"An incredible, dark, poignant, vulnerable personal account about surviving rock bottom and finding a better life. You will be inspired by [Glennon's] resilience, strength, and womanhood."
"A breathless story, beautifully told. Love Warrior presents an intense and absorbing narrative while reaching for something bigger and more quixotic, the mystery of intimacy itself."
"This memoir isn’t really about Melton rebuilding her relationship with her husband; it’s about Melton rebuilding her relationship with herself. It’s about one woman letting go of the gendered messages she’s been surrounded by her entire life, and communing with her fullest, most authentic self. Utterly refreshing and... just totally badass."
"Melton is not merely relaying a narrative; she is offering her story with the hope and purpose of connection. Love Warrior ...draws you in close, as if the author is talking to you, and only to you. Listening to such a warm and emotionally intelligent author is a worthy investment in a course on difficult conversations. But I suspect that... what will win you over is all the 'terrible magic' that happens when things fall apart."
―New York Times Book Review (This text refers to the audio edition of Love Warrior)
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This is Glennon Doyle’s memoir about her difficult adolescence, her battle with bulimia, her substance use, and her unhealthy relationship with men and sex in college. She gets pregnant with her boyfriend and they marry. They have two more children and settle down as a family. She discovers he is into porn then he confesses to serial one night stands since they have been married. The bulk of the book is about how she sorts through her emotions and tries to make a decision about her marriage and her family. Her husband seems genuinely repentant and tries to win her back. They both go to therapy and learn that they have very different communication styles. They both work very hard on their marriage, to an almost unbelievable degree. Ms. Doyle also seeks answers through yoga and church. The title Love Warrior (which I hate!) is made a bit more palatable when you learn that it is in reference to the warrior pose in yoga. I did not realize that the author has parlayed her love warriorship into a website, blog, charity work, and speaking engagements. I probably would not have read the book if I had known.
I thought that the writing was excellent and there were some sentences and paragraphs that really drive home her message. I think everyone can identify with the difficulty in figuring out who you are and being true to that. Instead, we try to blend in and be what we think other people will like. What I did not like about the later portion of the book was the author’s focus on being her authentic self. All. The. Time. With the constant introspection and questioning of her thoughts and feelings, I’m not sure how she could be real in the moment. Some of the phrases she uses are too much for me such as “I’m learning to feed my body.” Or in reference to learning to love her body “You are the ship that delivers love from the shore of another being to the shore of me.” If you like that style, you will love this book. If it makes you roll your eyes, you may want to pass.
I was curious about the author and started reading reviews prior to downloading reviews. Some praised her and related to her, others dropped off at passages where they felt she was too (insert adjective). Some labeled her a false prophet, some a spiritual guide.
I almost didn’t read this book because of one of those labels. One that I just couldn’t identify with at all.
But I read on. At times, I thought this woman is a beautiful writer. Her imagery is crisp, uniquely hers, forceful and superb. At other times I felt she was shallow or putting others in boxes as it related to her grief, her experiences, and I couldn’t relate at all. I thought about stopping. But I read on,and realized that she was baring her soul. Opening herself up to criticism and attack on many levels—as a person, a parent, a spouse, a spiritual being, a woman, a feminist, and whatever role or label the reader wanted to ascribe or judge her on.
Did I relate to everything she said. Absolutely not. How could I? It’s her experience. Could I relate to some things? Absolutely.
Baring your soul is brave. Allowing others to glimpse the lesson that you took from a situation is courageous. And I realized that it was not that she was a guru or guide instructing us how to be, act or feel, but relaying her experiences, how she dealt with them reacted, and re-evaluated her behavior as time passed.
So I can’t judge her or find fault if I don’t relate, but I can listen learn and grow from what she has shared with me in her own personal journey. We are all on our own journey, and it is beautiful and painful for many of us. By baring her faults and foibles as well as her successes, she affords you the opportunity to take with you a message, the knowledge that as humans none of us have a perfect life or experiences. There will be good and bad. You will be challenged to find grace is devastating situations, to celebrate the successes of others when you are flailing. And when you are not flailing, when you have grace, you can walk with someone through parts of their journey.
Top international reviews
when you've read her book, go check out her ted talk on YouTube 'pain before the rising' ! A brave beautiful Love warrior!
The author’s Oprah Soul Session is worth a watch.
I can liken it to going to hear a fantastic observational comedian and the sudden kinship you feel knowing "oh I'm not the only one..." Except the person who writes does it so more eloquently than you could, ever do.
Thank you Glennon for sharing your fabulous gift and being so honest and true in doing it.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough... My four daughters will read this...All daughters should read this, & so should all sons....
You never know where someone's story will take you.... Read this searing honest life, & you'll find your own.
I have recommended this book to all my friends.