Untamed is a book people have raved about for months now.
It was a Reese’s Book Club selection, so I finally decided to give it a read (because I love Reese Witherspoon).
My favorite part? Each chapter was short with a great story and takeaway in this powerful memoir.
I also love Glennon’s attitude and outlook on life, in general.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle Book Summary and Review
Untamed Book Summary
There is a voice of longing inside each woman.
We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends.
We hope all this striving will make us feel alive.
Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed.
We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this?
We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.
For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent.
Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love.
Three words flooded her mind: There She Is.
At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high.
But she soon realized they had come to her from within.
This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances.
This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be.
Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free.
She quit pleasing and started living.
Soulful and uproarious, forceful, and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call.
It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.
It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table.
And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.
My Book Review for Untamed
Untamed is a self-help book that really speaks my language – just do you and don’t care about what others think.
Obviously, it’s easier to say that than do that, so I liked hearing Glennon’s personal stories of when and how we become self-conscious and how we can change that later in life.
She makes excellent points about how girls and boys are raised differently that have major impacts on us later in life, especially subconsciously.
I agree with her on everything about the traditional take on religion, body image, relationships, white privilege, expectations of the world, etc.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve felt this way for a while that I wasn’t blown away or because I’ve heard similar stories and viewpoints that I wasn’t blown away.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s excellent, I think it’s a great book, and I enjoyed each chapter being short with a specific message, but I didn’t really read an idea or thought I haven’t had before or heard of before.
My Untamed Book Recommendation
This is a great book, I believe her third memoir, for people who believe in equality for all genders, sexes, races, etc.
Glennon has some amazing quotes to pull from here to share and even use as mantras.
If you like personal development, reading hopeful messages, are a fan of American soccer player Abby Wambach, you’ll enjoy it if you liek self help books.
My Untamed Rating
I give Untamed 4 out of 5 stars.
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