From Goodreads: 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 Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.
Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another – and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.
Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.
I first came across this author on an Oprah’s Book Club video. She expounded it’s virtues very enthusiastically and being the sucker for autobiographies that I am I decided I wanted a copy for myself. I was very intrigued by what was being said about not only the book, but also it’s author. I had never heard of this author before this so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that she had also written another book before this one.
The beginning of the book (prelude) is short and very interesting and caused me to want to keep reading. Her writing is easy to read and follow seemingly conversationalist. You are only given bits and pieces but they are essential to the overall story. It’s like we are having a jigsaw puzzle assembled in front of our very eyes.
The beginning has us with Glennon when she was married with children. Then she quickly back tracks to essentially where it all began. This threw me initially as I was all set to read this book like I read all other biographies and autobiographies, just like any other book, from beginning to end. This book however, required, perhaps demanded, its readers’ to go along on a journey with Glennon, and what a journey it turns out to be.
This book immediately impresses me with the raw honesty of Glennon’s emotions. She draws the reader into her story through her use of words. She doesn’t hold back how she felt about her life and learning to understand herself and her life. When the story she was telling required her to show anger, disappointment or even fear that all came across in what she said. There were times when I was taken aback by the sheer force of her honesty, yet this honesty is what ultimately helped her in her journey.
I felt honoured that she should trust me, the reader, with such intimate details of her life when she really didn’t have to. However, this honesty is what set this book apart from other autobiographies that I’ve read in the past. I would like to say thank you Glennon for entrusting me with your story. I feel very honoured.
Recommend for: Adults