**The first book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author**
The inspiring and hilarious instant New York Times bestseller from the beloved writer, speaker, activist, and founder of Momastery, whose memoir Love Warrior is an Oprah’s Book Club selection.
Glennon Doyle’s hilarious and poignant reflections on our universal (yet often secret) experiences have inspired a social movement by reminding women that they’re not alone. In Carry On, Warrior, she shares her personal story in moving, refreshing, and laugh-out-loud new essays and some of the best-loved material from Momastery. Her writing invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman’s attempt to love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who shows that we can build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.
Refreshingly frank, if somewhat gooey entries from a blog (monastery.com) offer advice on parenting and exhaustion to women trying to be tolerant Christians and helpful wives. Raising three kids in the Florida suburbs while wife to a software salesman, and part-time model (with perfect teeth), Melton shares her comments on life's adorable moments, such as letters of encouragement to her grade-school son, Chase, if he is being bullied for presumably being a homosexual, or reminders to herself to "quit chasing happiness long enough to notice it smiling right at ," yet tinged with some excoriating, revelatory, and self-forgiving details that raise the work out of the merely platitudinous. A self-described "recovering everything," that is, former alcoholic, bulimic, smoker, and ongoing shopaholic, Melton reveals some truly desperate moments of her life, such as a premarital pregnancy in 2002 that prompted her to get sober, an early abortion that has allowed her to be more accepting of others' failings, a "twisty, mapless" marriage that has proven ultimately sound and gratifying, a recent diagnosis of Lyme disease, and a six-year attempt to adopt a Guatemalan child that was rejected by the agencies because she and her husband were considered to be "too much of a risk." Writing, or as she calls it "living out loud," is for Melton a bracing therapy to chase away loneliness, learn humility, and banish the fears of revealing the less than flattering sides of herself.
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By far the best book I have read in a long time. The wisdom laughter and tears kept me fixated. I wish I had had this when I was younger with smaller children. Now I know what to buy young mothers as a gift. The knowledge that family life is not perfect and that it will all be ok. We all have our personal battles and all we can do is pray for one another and Carry on Warriors! ;)
Maybe the most honest stuff I've read about mothering.
This book is funny, real and just plain awesome! Glennon's honesty helps us to see beneath the surface and make us realize that we are all warriors fighting the same battle and we are in this together! By simply sharing her fears, her failures and her life, she is uniting women in every walk of life.