The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection
The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.
Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.
Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another - and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they've been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, commit to living true—true to themselves and to each other.
Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.
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"Author-narrator Glennon Doyle Melton's heartfelt performance underscores the brutal honesty of the story of her ongoing journey to accepting love - of self, of family, and of God." (AudioFile)
First, I will say I like Glennon's style of writing and can respect her ability to share so much of her journey with readers. I guess what stands out to me is how spoiled so many of us are today. I kept thinking that she was lucky to be able to attend a college (even if she took advantage of it) or what a luxury for her to be able to stay at home full time with her young children. And who was paying her rent and bills when her world was falling apart around her? It all just seems so whiny of us to constantly complain and seek fillers. So many people in the world are hungry or abused or living in war-torn towns and villages. The last thing they have to focus on is themselves. We could all benefit from focusing on others--- instead of self. I did enjoy the book and took away several good ideas and reflections. It's worth a read or listen. Maybe just check it out at the library though. Just being honest.
Glennons truth and voice are refreshing and real. I found so much of myself in this story about what it truly means to love, heal, and discover who you truly are. No spoilers here but I truly believe everyone should read this book. Absolutely outstanding. I laughed. I cried. I saw myself.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I have never heard of Ms Melton before reading this book, and that may explain much about my review. Perhaps if I had read her previously I would give this one more than 3 stars ... or would have skipped reading it.
I really liked the first half of the book. Her insight into love, loss, hope, pain and self is something that spoke to me. I saw my marriage in this book. I saw my hopes in it too. I was impressed by her ability to take the lovely and loveless moments of life and put them into words which were so raw and real. But then the book became more of a lecture or a sermon and it lost me. I understand that she is a believer and that she attributes the repair of her marriage to God working through her husband and herself. But it seemed too simplistic. I would have liked the book so much better if she more fully examined the hardness of the pain, the grief, the difficulty of accepting the changes and finally the growth of the love and forgiveness. I wish there had been more depth to the exploration of the pain.
No, probably not
I would not...it starts out great and it is an interesting story and read well but turns into what feels like one long mommy blog entry. When the character starts seeing the therapist is when it lost me...the language, the story seemed contrived and super super religious.
theatrical, religious, predictable
It inspired me to look more into an author when i am reading a memoir
I was not familiar with Melton's blog or background...if i knew that religion of the traditional sort was so prevelant in her writing, i wouldnt have listened. I get it...you love god. Some of the story was completey unbelievable, i.e. the long rant on explaining "sexy" to her small children.....there is no way to small girls sat and listened to a long explanation of what sexy meant. Unrealistic and the phrase " on the bathroom floor" was way overused. I bought this book because Elizabeth Gilbert endorsed it.....Melton has definately read Eat Pray Love....way to much of the same verbage.
Glennon tells a story that makes you feel not alone in a world that is so disconnected. She's raw and real and has shown bravery (and her families and especially husband) to tell her journey to healing her own cultural traumas. I think so many women can identify with her and her message about body connection and wisdom is a needed one. And her messages about compassion and understanding throughout the hardships of marriage are a testament to her good character. 5 stars, loved it, couldn't listen fast enough.
I am an athlete, a mom, a wife and grandmother. I am a lover of family, books and good wine.
I could not put it down. I saw myself, my daughters, my parents, my marriage and the marriage of my daughter inall of this. A touching, honest and painfully true story that is more common than we'd like to think. I enjoyed every minute of it while being tortured by much of it as well. I will make different decisions as a result of reading it. What more could one ask for from a book.
This woman's work not only as an author but as someone who narrates her own story is worthy of nothing but wild praise. I find it difficult to sit and read books, which is why I listen to so many audiobooks. No matter how good the story, the delivery is what keeps me hooked until the very last word. I am an audio producer, and I find the inconsistencies of other audio books difficult to endure. I listened to every word Glennon said, and her voice just melted into the story. I appreciate and admire her work. No one can understand how difficult it is to not only write a good book but to deliver it authentically until you've tried it yourself.
I was turned off at first by her continuous passages about God. She doesn't say up front, as many of my favorite books do, about her feelings toward God vs. a god. She believes in God, but the detail makes it a listen to be enjoyed and examined. We have all tried to make impossible situations work. As a strong woman without any devotion to a god, I wanted to know what causes a woman to walk away or stay, without the leap of faith of believing in a higher power. Glennon and Craig take it to another level. She never makes a major move because of her belief. Rather, it is a slow journey and realization that comes from within... She just happens to believe. She finds forgiveness not because she believes in God but because she believes in herself. I thank her for this book, and I truly believe every woman should take the time to listen.
I enjoyed the first half of the book . The second half was sing songy. Felt it really went too far not the God is my guide thing. Would not tell my friends to read this
Nothing - it was not a love memoir, but an addiction/alcoholism memoir and that is not what I was looking for or interested in.
She co-opted Pema Chodron in the only chapter I found worth reading - chapt 13. On a good note it took me to cHodron's body of literature and audible collections which are all 4-5 stars and have much broader, more useful and less voyeuristic advice.
Pity - which I am working on changing to compassion after reading a lot of Chodron, as pity is condecending.
Skip this book unless you really want read voyeuristically about an addicts fall and a marriage's collapse. I wanted more of the healing journey and concrete methods I could use to attain a better state and I found those reading Pema Chodron.
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