#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over two million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club Pick)
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire • Bloomberg • Parade • “Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love
This is how you find yourself.
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.
Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
How’s this for self-examination: “I wasn’t crazy. I was a g*ddamn cheetah.” That’s what blogger and motivational speaker Glennon Doyle tells us near the start of her riveting memoir. The author of the Oprah-endorsed Love Warrior, Doyle’s path to cheetah-hood was anything but easy. With fearless candor, she describes how she overcame a once-happy marriage torpedoed by multiple infidelities, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Her memoir also chronicles her gradual acceptance of her attraction to her now-wife, U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach. Doyle’s unadorned, diarylike narration places us right next to her as she bumps along this roller-coaster ride. Her solution to overcoming all of her obstacles? She stopped letting others (including her church) determine how she lived her life—a simple but challenging philosophy that reverberates throughout Untamed. More than just a revealing memoir, it’s an inspiring listen that made us want to tap into our own feral state of mind.
Life changing. Spoke directly to my soul and reminded me to wake it up.
Far too woke to be an enjoyable listen. Your shampoo bottle is not oppressing you.
I wanted to get into it...
At first I was completely absorbed and could not wait to find some amazing take aways.... then, she started with the religion/god stuff and 80% lost me. I finished it bc I always do (bc I spent my hard earned money) but I was deflated... It is possible to write a good book to help people without jamming religion down our throats. There were some good take aways but they didn’t make up for the god stuff.