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Untamed

Untamed

Large Print - 2020 | First large print edition.
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"There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and world, and wonder: Wasn't it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful. We hide our simmering discontent--even from ourselves. Until we reach our boiling point. Four years ago, Glennon Doyle--bestselling Oprah-endorsed author, renowned activist and humanitarian, wife and mother of three--was speaking at a conference when a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her 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. Soon she realized that they came to her from within. Glennon was finally hearing her own voice--the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl Glennon had been before the world told her who to be. She vowed to never again abandon herself. She decided to build a life of her own--one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination. She would reclaim her true, untamed self. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize: There She Is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593400470
059340047X
Characteristics: xix, 420 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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April 2020 Pick. "This memoir is so packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, what it means to be “good,” and what woman will do in order to be loved. I swear I highlighted something in EVERY chapter. This book really spoke to me in so many ways! Thank you Glenn... Read More »

Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women place upon themselves. Also available in a downloadable audiobook.


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aorta81
Jun 16, 2021

I loved this book. Glennon tells the truth "When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself."

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tcgotch
Jun 06, 2021

Don’t bother waiting for this one.

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puckzilla23
Jun 01, 2021

Okay. I thought long and hard about how I would rate this book. I know so many people that lit up for this book. And I can see how it would speak to them. I really do. And there were even parts that spoke to me. But in general I don’t feel like this is a book that is written for me. I think it’s beautiful how Glennon has found a love that sets her soul on fire, and she’s now living her life as authentic as she is able. I think people who want to read this book absolutely should and they should be allowed to love it wholly.

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mlinard
May 22, 2021

Not what I expected. Found some entries thought provoking. Just an okay read for me.

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cateratcliffe
May 11, 2021

I think the fact that the author gave herself a 5-star review on Goodreads (not even once, but TWICE!) for this book quite clearly sums up who she is as a person and an author, and this book strongly reflects that.

This is one of those books that I saw everywhere in the last year, I was so excited to read, and then it completely disappointed me. While there were a few kernels of truth throughout, listening to it (and it was read by the author) came across as little more than a cocky person writing about how good her life is now, and name-dropping in the process. There were at least 2 references to the time she spent with Oprah, as well as more references than I could count to her dear friend Liz (referring to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"). I believe there was even a line along the lines of “When I was on Oprah promoting my first book…” (eye roll) I’m glad the author is being her authentic self, and that she’s overcome some of the challenges in her life, but she’s taken it so far that she doesn’t seem to care about other people at all (despite telling us multiple times that she’s so empathetic, and also a philanthropist). This kind of preachy self-help book isn’t up my alley. Mostly it felt like a lecture, and even the “memoir” portions (i.e. when she quotes herself being wise when responding to others, as well as things her children wisely said), rang quite false, as though they were heavily curated after the fact.

I will say, this was (inadvertently) a well-timed read for me, because I started it on Mother’s Day, and wow, was this ever a book that talked a TONNE about parenting.

This would have been a DNF, except that I had chores to do, and no other audiobooks sitting on my library shelf. At least it’s over, and I won’t be picking up another of her books any time soon.

1 star, mostly for the cool cover, and the few bits of insight.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 04, 2021

I guess I just am tired of feeling like I'm being preached to by this type of author. Anyways, couldn't bother getting past the first couple of pages.

sjpl_rebekah Mar 24, 2021

It is really hard to review self-help books. They either resonate with you or they don’t, and the reasoning is usually deeply personal. For this reason, after finishing this book, my book club has decided to ban self-help books from being selected for future meetings.

This book did not resonate with me personally. I did think there were some valuable insights, and though I did agree with many of the points the author made, the whole book had an air of pretentiousness that did not sit well with me. It felt like the author was trying so hard to be authentic, that she instead came off as inauthentic. She overexplained her life decisions and although I am happy that she found happiness with her partner, it felt like she was trying to vindicate her actions through these long winded descriptions of their connection to one another.

I know other people enjoy her style of writing, but bottom-line is, I was not the right audience for this memoir.

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kcorwin1
Mar 03, 2021

Quick, short chapters but man does Glennon whine and whine and whine. I did laugh a few times, found two interesting ideas but I mostly rolled my eyes. I read based off a recommendation but I would never search out Doyle again.

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amahearn
Mar 03, 2021

This may be a memoir, but it's also a self-help book. I had never heard of Glennon Doyle. A friend lent this to me.
Her goal is to empower women with her story. I wasn't impressed. The first two-thirds of the book she's trying prove how self-actualized she has become and the rest of the book is about how neurotic, insecure, and controlling she is.

Doyle has some serious and insightful words dispersed among pages of romantic cliches. She can be humorous about her personality quirks, but the happily-ever-after, perfect bonus family image was hard to swallow.

She says she'll never stay in a situation she doesn't want to be in. Lucky her. But many of us regular folk have to struggle on a daily basis, sometimes just to stay afloat without the resources we need.

I empathize with her struggles with depression and anxiety. She is fortunate to get the help she needs. She is also blessed to have a family that has always stood by her.

A good memoirist tells their story and you can draw your own conclusions. Doyle, on the other hand, force-feeds you her philosophy to make sure you see things her way.

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acorns13
Feb 17, 2021

This author has me all confused. Although Glennon shares some great advice on topics, she certainly talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Seems to me this author is still lost and will never truly be happy.
There is a lot of religion in this book that I personally could not relate to.

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