Author – Glennon Doyle Melton (Goodreads)
Published – September 6th 2016
Genre – Nonfiction; Memoir
Summary – 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.
This book was recommended to me by a coworker. (And by recommended, I mean she said she loved it…so I pick it up.)
I didn’t know this before I read Love Warrior, but this book is Glennon Doyle Melton’s second book. (Many say they loved this one better than the first, so I am not going to go back and read her first one.) I also didn’t know Glennon is a blogger and a speaker.
So, I went into the book not really knowing anything.
While I don’t agree with some choices she made in life, I’m not going to let that affect my enjoyment of the book – it was her life and the choices have been made. If they weren’t, there wouldn’t be the book here to help other people.
What really made the five star review was two things:
a) Glennon has a unique ability that allows the authenticity of how she felt when she was going through the rough patches, while also allows the maturity she knows now to shine through. She didn’t forget what it felt like to be at rock bottom and could explain why she made the choices she made, while also realizing that her choices were not smart ones.
and b) SHE ACTUALLY OVERCAME THE OBSTACLE IN A HEALTHY, TO-THE-CORE MANNER. I loved that she didn’t rely on other people to fix the problem. She went and did the work on herself. Yes, it wasn’t easy, but she kept going. She kept on the journey of healing. Many times, people just try to fix the skin of the problem when she went after the root of the issue. She really is a warrior.
Do the techniques she used work for every person going through similar struggles? No. But she didn’t say they would. She just explained what she personally did to get better. That being said, I think the techniques she used can work for many people: therapy, yoga, breathing, talking, feeling the pain, etc. Although I never went through any of the issues she had, I could still think back to how much of a warrior Glennon was.
I think what made this book really touch the lives of so many people is how open, honest, and raw she was with her readers. Not many people can!
When I was nearing the end of the book I had to remind myself to slow down and savor Glennon’s words. I really did enjoy how she wrote.
Not convinces yet? Check out my video book review on Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior.
Way to go Glennon. I thought this had great writing and is a great example for many!