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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed | [Glennon Melton]

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 04-17-13
    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.

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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina 07-17-13
    Elaina 07-17-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good, but not Great"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janine 06-02-13
    Janine 06-02-13

    I love books and audiobooks.

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    If you could sum up Carry On, Warrior in three words, what would they be?

    Read This Book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carry On, Warrior?

    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.


    What does Glennon Melton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She dictates her own blog, and it feels like you are spending time with Glennon. It was a real treat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just what I needed"

    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!

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    Melanie Kowalczyk 08-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Yes, Yes, Yes!"

    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.

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    Larry G. 07-23-15
    Larry G. 07-23-15
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    "Touching"

    The stories touch your soul. GD makes all the stores so relatable regardless of how difficult the topic may be. Well done.

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    Mike 06-24-15
    Mike 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great perspective on parenting without being heavy handed on advice."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marisa 06-19-15
    Marisa 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing and brave....."

    I think I have been waiting all my life to hear Glennon's story. I am humbled and awed by her bravery. I know this is something that I will go back to again and again for strength and comfort.

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    Misty E. 06-15-15
    Misty E. 06-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Love listening to an audible book as I travel...usually anything that is biographical or a relatable fiction! I like being inspired!

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    Where does Carry On, Warrior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 5! This is a very well written, very personal and completely relatable book that every woman or perhaps someone raising a young woman, should purchase! I will be getting the hard back version so I can high-light all my favorite parts & Glennon's inspirational messages to pass on to my friends and family!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just her relatable life and her way of making me LOL!!


    Which character – as performed by Glennon Melton – was your favorite?

    Glennon and her entire family! As well as her group of lady friends!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I love the title as it is!


    Any additional comments?

    Just read and enjoy! Join her blog too, she is so witty and has such a gift for making everyone feel normal or as normal as normal can be! Also, try to see Glennon if she ever comes to speak in your city (or close by)! I'm seeing her in July and can't wait!

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    Elizabeth Powell Dunn Loring, VA 06-12-15
    Elizabeth Powell Dunn Loring, VA 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read for stressed moms"

    Bold writer, brave woman! To share so much personal experiences, emotions and lessons learned takes guts. Reading it makes you feel human and understood. At times, some of the details about little things like how she vacuums seem unnecessary while at other times you yearn for more on the real substantive items, but overall she connects well with the reader and has wisdom to share that can help women. I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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