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.
©2016 Glennon Doyle Melton (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
"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)
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.
I can appreciate that the author put herself out there sharing her story. And I really wanted to like this book. BUT, I was cringing and annoyed much of the time by chapter 5 and all the time after that. Obviously the author went through something traumatic. I get it. But if I'm being honest I couldn't help for feeling sorry for her husband. He made terrible mistakes, sure. But she "seemed" whiny, bitchy, frigid and completely self absorbed. I don't know what man WOULDN'T have been driven to those mistakes. A Saint maybe? Good grief woman. Worth reading if you can endure nails on a chalk board I guess.
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.
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.
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.
Quavering voice was not fun to listen to.
There were parts of the book that were thought-provoking.
The story became nauseating at some point with all the internal analysis. Kept hearing the same thing repeated over and over but in a different way.
I'm not sure... This book just wasn't for me. I had a hard time connecting to the story, or mustering up any empathy for the author.
I'm sure some can relate to her story, but I as a 40-something black woman could not. At all. I also cringed at some of the details. I think I made it to Chapter 5 before I gave up. I'd ignored this book for quite some time, then I saw an excerpt from her Oprah interview and thought eh... why not. I should not have. Definitely returning it.
She sounds like a child reading this book. It just sounds strange hearing the type of adult language in the book with that voice.
I couldn't even finish the book. Halfway through I stopped reading and even complained how awful the book was to my husband which I never do. This woman is a whiney brat that finds negativity is just about anything. Classic party girl turned into a housewife that wants to pretend like she was never a party girl. She hates sex, but wonders why her husband looks at porn and eventually cheats on her. She is horrid. She makes no attempt to take care of herself and her husband is so patient with her. He tries to make small talk when he gets home from work and she gives him snarky responses, why? This woman is supposed to be the "love worrier" and some kind of hero and all she is a crappy wife and obsessed mom. Why this woman is glorified is exactly what is wrong with the American family today. Don't give this book a second of your time. All it did was make me want to give my hubby a kiss bc he could've easily ended up with a shrewd woman like this.
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.
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