Love Warrior

Love Warrior

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 T...

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Title:Love Warrior
Author:Glennon Doyle Melton
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Love Warrior Reviews

  • Kelsey

    With each chapter I read of this book, I thought of someone new I wanted to recommend it to. Eventually settling on everyone. Everyone should read this book. Love Warrior is about being vulnerable, shedding your "representative(s)", and being enough.

  • Sarah

    I was excited to win the "advanced reader copy" lottery and get this book, but figured I'd finish it once my summer vacation had started - I finished it in 24 hours. I read Glennon Doyle Melton's other book - Carry On, Warrior - and loved her sense of humor and her writing style on her blog, but this book was a new voice I hadn't heard from her before that I loved. It was deep and weighty and lovely and poetic and heartbreaking. I am not nor ever have been married, but the book spoke about love

    I was excited to win the "advanced reader copy" lottery and get this book, but figured I'd finish it once my summer vacation had started - I finished it in 24 hours. I read Glennon Doyle Melton's other book - Carry On, Warrior - and loved her sense of humor and her writing style on her blog, but this book was a new voice I hadn't heard from her before that I loved. It was deep and weighty and lovely and poetic and heartbreaking. I am not nor ever have been married, but the book spoke about love in a way that transcends and yet also is inextricably linked to marriage. The author and I also disagree in several ways about God, but when she describes love and forgiveness, I read deep gospel truths there.

    One of my favorite lines was "the paradox of pain is that it is only universal in retrospect. In the present, it is fiercely personal" (145). This memoir is an author taking her fiercely personal journey and making it available for us all to connect to the universal experience of discovering that we have been sold a bill of goods from the world about what love is and we have to unlearn what we've learned to discover true, deep love. Highly recommend.

  • Becca

    As I sit here in rehab with my newly sober shakey hands just finishing Glennons Love Warrior in one night all I can think is thank freakin' god.

    .

    My heart fills my whole chest but does not hurt. I let her look right at me and she is not mad. She and I are the same. She loves me, I know it. She has been waiting for me. I sit in front of her and she is what I needed, she is the hiding place Iv been looking for. She is not mad. Glennon is my Mary. She is my red velvet carpet. She is my candle of pr

    As I sit here in rehab with my newly sober shakey hands just finishing Glennons Love Warrior in one night all I can think is thank freakin' god.

    .

    My heart fills my whole chest but does not hurt. I let her look right at me and she is not mad. She and I are the same. She loves me, I know it. She has been waiting for me. I sit in front of her and she is what I needed, she is the hiding place Iv been looking for. She is not mad. Glennon is my Mary. She is my red velvet carpet. She is my candle of prayers not my bottle of wisky.

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    Amen! A-freakin-men. Glennon carries her pain and the pain of others with such GRIT and GRACE and then lays it out bear and hands us the most precious gift she has to give. This book is all the things we are desperately too afraid to say, it's all the ugly truths and scariest words spoken for us, she does not fluff or sprinkle the glitter over a single word, she is brave and sensitive and honest and vulnerable and scared and joyful, she is courageous, she is the canary and the warrior and the sister all rolled into one. She doesn't turn away, she is with us and we are with her, we wont turn away. Me too. Me too. Me too. We are all the same. This book is pain sneakingly heart wrenching, it is not for the weak willed, it takes courage just to read it and stay with it and allow it to take hold of you and change you all up inside, it will break your heart open but you won't want to put it back together again, you'll know your heart is better broken open and wonder why ever did you strive for an unbroken heart before. This isnt a book about pretty glossy pain, this book is raw and an ugly beautiful claw yourself out of your own skin pain. Read this book, be gentle with yourselves and with her, watch her carefully, learn from her, she knows things we don't yet know and she's sharing them with us. She is women's saving grace, we belong to her, there is no judgement there, she's right alongside us and she's holding our hands. Let's be careful with her and her book and hold her hand right back. .

  • Diane

    This was such a powerful memoir of addiction and healing that I read it twice.

    I admit I didn't know who Glennon Doyle Melton was when I decided to read this book. A friend had said she liked her blog (called Momastery) and was excited about her new book, so I grabbed a copy for a buddy read.

    Glennon is so open and honest about her struggles with alcoholism and bulimia that you feel like her new best friend, and wow, are we having a heavy talk today.

    opens with her wedding to a man n

    This was such a powerful memoir of addiction and healing that I read it twice.

    I admit I didn't know who Glennon Doyle Melton was when I decided to read this book. A friend had said she liked her blog (called Momastery) and was excited about her new book, so I grabbed a copy for a buddy read.

    Glennon is so open and honest about her struggles with alcoholism and bulimia that you feel like her new best friend, and wow, are we having a heavy talk today.

    opens with her wedding to a man named Craig, and then her story jumps back to childhood and we witness how she fell into the traps of binge eating and purging, of drinking too much, and of thinking that being liked by boys was the most important thing. She meets and starts dating Craig, and they have two unplanned pregnancies. The first ends in abortion, the second she decides to keep. Glennon knows she has to get sober if she wants to become a mother, so that's what she does. She and Craig get married and have several children.

    The second half of this memoir focuses more on Glennon's marriage and their intimacy problems. Glennon says she never felt safe during sex, and when she learns Craig had been unfaithful to her and that he had a porn addiction, they separate. By the end of the book the two have reconciled. (Around the time that

    was published last fall, Glennon posted that she and Craig had separated again. Last month, Glennon's engagement to soccer star Abby Wambach was announced.)

    I liked this book because it gets at some fundamental problems facing girls in our society: the pressure to be pretty, thin, and easygoing, plus the fear of being thought too domineering, too smart or too needy. It's a staggering set of demands, and it's no wonder so many girls get lost in the muddle.

    I would recommend this book to those who like addiction memoirs, or those who want to read about trying to heal a marriage. One of my big takeaways from this book is that Glennon advocates for directly dealing with your pain, whatever it is. Don't try to numb it with booze or escape it with food, because the pain will stay there until you address it. Dealing with those emotions is the path of the warrior.

    Another big takeway for me was how when Glennon was feeling overwhelmed by pain, depression or anxiety, she'd focus on doing the "next right thing." Sometimes this was as simple as brushing her teeth or making breakfast; other times it meant doing yoga or just sitting still and trying to breathe deeply. This strategy has been a big help to me when I've felt depressed and overwhelmed. Just focus on doing the next right thing, and you'll find your way home.

    First read: October 2016

    Second read: March 2017

    "I'm an early reader and, at four, converse like an adult. But I soon realize that smart is more complicated than beautiful. Strangers come close and pat my curls, but when I speak to them with confidence and clarity, their eyes widen and they pull back. They are drawn in by my smile but repelled by my boldness ... They wanted to adore me and I complicated things by inserting myself into their experience of me. I begin to understand that beauty warms people and smart cools people."

    "My fury is for every woman who's been told by the church that God values her marriage more than her soul, her safety, her freedom. My fury is for every woman who has been taught that God is man and man is God. My fury is for every woman who has been told that her bad marriage is the cross upon which she should hang herself."

    "I stop explaining myself, because I learn that making decisions is never about doing the right thing or the wrong thing. It's about doing the precise thing. The precise thing is always incredibly personal and often makes no sense to anyone else."

    "I want a truce. I want to be whole. I want to learn to live in this body, in this world, with my people. I don't want to be trapped inside myself forever. I want to be in love."

    [talking to her daughters]

    "Women who are concerned with being pretty think about what they look

    , but women who are concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking

    . They are taking it all in. They are taking in the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give away to others."

  • Kelsey

    There were many parts of this book that I LOVED, parts that challenged me and made me think. Some of it felt self absorbed and frustrated me.

  • Cheri

    3.5 Stars - not rounded up

    I may be in the minority on this one, but I had no idea who Glennon Doyle Melton was, I never heard of her first book, and I’ve never read her blog.

    As a young girl, she had body-image issues, the daughter of a practically perfect in every way mother, and spent most of her pre-teen years and beyond trying to attain her idea of a perfect body through anorexia and bulimia. As her friends become sexually intimate with their boyfriends, she does, as well, although she begin

    3.5 Stars - not rounded up

    I may be in the minority on this one, but I had no idea who Glennon Doyle Melton was, I never heard of her first book, and I’ve never read her blog.

    As a young girl, she had body-image issues, the daughter of a practically perfect in every way mother, and spent most of her pre-teen years and beyond trying to attain her idea of a perfect body through anorexia and bulimia. As her friends become sexually intimate with their boyfriends, she does, as well, although she begins to abuse alcohol, in part to be more “fun,” and to deal with her dislike of sex in general. Bulimia and alcohol do not a healthy person make. After some time passing in this way, she finds herself peeing on a stick for a second pregnancy, one she will keep.

    A marriage follows, and siblings. Infidelity.

    But the real story is how, after years of running from herself, from showing only her “representative” to her world, not her “real” self, she realizes that’s not enough. This is her story of her journey to find her authentic self. The process she has to go through before she can even accept responsibility for her part in what remains. This is the part of this personal story that felt worthwhile to read, to me.

    On the other hand, there’s a not insignificant part of this that felt like when children rant how about unfair life can be. Unable and unwilling to even look at the other side of the story, as though self-pity became the new coping mechanism. It seems all very real, and I can’t fault her for including this part of her real life, but it made it difficult to feel any sympathy for her during those moments. I never, on the other hand, felt as though she was asking for sympathy or expecting it.

  • Noelle

    This book just did not do it for me. I've read her blog some and her first book but this one just seemed to be choppy writing and SO much about her dislike of having sex. I generally enjoy her authenticity. I thought it droned on and on but clearly I'm in the minority on Goodreads.

  • Brittany

    Thank you to Goodsread/author for sending me a copy of this book for review. So I've had quite a few problems with this book, but mostly just with the author. She was very whiny to me. She complained about her life a lot and I'm just asking what for? She wants to feel pretty, smart, accepted, etc. But why? We are almost never told why. The only thing we're given is when she was a little girl she was bigger and ate junk food. She wanted to lose weight so she became bulimic. But she was trying to

    Thank you to Goodsread/author for sending me a copy of this book for review. So I've had quite a few problems with this book, but mostly just with the author. She was very whiny to me. She complained about her life a lot and I'm just asking what for? She wants to feel pretty, smart, accepted, etc. But why? We are almost never told why. The only thing we're given is when she was a little girl she was bigger and ate junk food. She wanted to lose weight so she became bulimic. But she was trying to be this perfect girl and I could not fathom why. It seemed like she had a good life growing up. Of course no one's life is perfect, but what is up with this girl? She whines and whines and then eventually it's like she has no feelings for people who might actually give a shit. She cares about what all these students in her school think, but could care less about her family, friends, and boyfriend. I get we're being told the story from the beginning, but the way it's told I wanted more. Like why is the author trying to find validation? Why does she feel fat? I just got annoyed and gave up. If the author is a whiny brat I'm not interested. The writing was done very well, I just could not stand this person they were not a warrior to me. I'm sorry, but I've read memoirs better than this.

  • Samantha

    Self indulgent and long winded memoir of a "mom" blogger. I'm sad I cannot get the time back I spent reading this book. A true disappointed.

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