Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty.
Glennon Melton became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences, her hilarious and poignant observations were read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, quoted in The New York Times, and have inspired a social movement.
Melton's mistakes and triumphs, recounted with candor and humor, will encourage you to forgive yourself for your own imperfections and inspire you to make the most of life's gifts. In Carry On, Warrior, Melton shares her journey from reckless college girl hooked on alcohol, drugs, bulimia, and toxic relationships to becoming a sober and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher. Her stories embody her need to tell and hear the truth, to be sometimes brave and sometimes silent, to say I'm sorry, to trust in something more powerful than herself, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they're not hard.
Melton believes that by shedding our weapons and armor, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and ultimately build a better life in our hearts, homes, and communities. In this one woman trying love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who will embolden them to cut themselves a break and commit to small acts of love that can have an extraordinary impact.
Like Geneen Roth, Glennon reminds us that the journey is the reward and teaches us how to be our best selves. Like Ann Voskamp, she shows us that even doubt-filled faith changes everything. Carry On, Warrior is powerful, fresh, and life-changing.
©2013 Glennon Doyle Melton (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
This book has been overwhelmingly insightful for me. I have placed more bookmarks in this single book than I have in my entire Audible library combined. It is touching, funny at times, sad at times, and overall, it's real in a way that I hadn't anticipated. Listen to this book. Read this book. Some part of it will speak to you. I would also like to note that I am the LEAST religious person on the face of the earth--generally, mentions of god in literature make me cringe, but not in this book. The author talks about her relationship with god in a way that is so open and so far from judgmental that I am entirely comfortable with her frequent references.
This book is good, but not great. I just finished 3 audio selections by Brene Brown and they were soooo wonderful, this one (although different) pales. (The best of Brene's was "The Power of Vulnerability" speech, fabulous!) Glennon was an ok narrator, at first I really did not like her voice and thought they should have hired a professional. The emotion in her voice sounds controlled, like she is reading instead of telling a story. I did get used to her narration. Glennon tells some deep stories I think every Mom can relate to - that's what kept me listening and they are good stories. She talks a lot about God. I am a Christian as well, but sometimes I thought it was too much and over the top. The overall theme of the book is to forgive yourself and move on, a good theme. One we all need to be reminded of since we are hardest on ourselves.
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When Glennon writes a letter to her son about how she and her husband would deal with his coming out as gay ... if he ever did. The blog and letter was written when her son was 10 and probably not even sure what the future held. The blog Glennon writes speak to our hipocrasy about marriage, being Christian, loving all God's creatures no matter who they decide to love.
She dictates her own blog, and it feels like you are spending time with Glennon. It was a real treat.
I think I expected some sort of bubble-gum psychology in this book, but I was really in for a surprise. Glennon is real. She is funny, sad, hopeful, broken, and unbelievably strong. I laughed at times, cried a few times, and laughed a few more - out loud and uncontrollably! I don't want to tease even a single story, but I can say that you won't regret picking this book up. I opted for the audio version, read by Glennon, and I felt like she was right there telling her stories to me. Love, love, love this book.
Yes. Her story, trials, lessons, and wisdom is worth listening to. While I don't agree with 100% of what she says, I still found the overall message to be positive and hopeful.
I loved hearing the author read her own writing. However, there were times I wished her performance was a little more polished and a little less halting. It's like someone gave her feedback to slow down and speak...with...intention...and it just comes off unnatural.
I saw other reviewers mention the God thing, but it still caught me off guard. I really wish the description mentioned "Christian" since that is apparently a big part of the author's identity and purpose. At times the relentless discussion of faith and God alienated me, but I did like that she mentioned that she equates God to Love when speaking with people of different faiths. I do that already, so it was nice to hear someone of such devout faith make attempts to find common ground with those of different beliefs.
I am going through some really difficult things in my life right now, and this book was just what I needed. But honestly, I could read/hear this again in 5 years or so, and it would still be just what I need. Because this book just has so much in it. So many topics covered, and so many feelings evoked. This book spoke to me, it told me things I didn't even know I needed to hear. It inspired me, encouraged me. This book pricked my conscience on a couple of things, and justified my feelings on others. This book made me laugh and smile. This book made me feel like I'm not alone, and left me with hope. These are things I will always need no matter where I am in life.
I loved that it was read by the author. I enjoyed the sound of her voice, and loved the speed and cadence with which she read.
All around, I loved this book, and can't recommend it enough!
Even as a twenty something with no kids, every bit of Glennon's words resonated with me. She is so spot on with her perspective, theologies, and message of hope, that I found myself saying out loud "yes!" several times throughout her book. Such a joy to listen to her stories and thoughts, I'm sad the book is already finished! Highly recommend to Brene Browns fans as well.
Glennon's perspective is very real life, let's get through it, no one is perspective and parenting is hard! It's an uplifting book that will help you and make you feel better about the job you're doing.
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