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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was an easy read, I loved the short, simple chapters. Some of Doyle's insights and anecdotes were moving for me, but many missed the mark. Specifically her chapters on parenting really rubbed me wrong, but that's probably because I'm not a parent and I'm closer in age to her children than her. If you're looking for a funny and bold self-help book, skip this one and read You Are a Badadd by Jen Sincero instead.
I got this out because Kiddo heard Lana Condor (Lara Jean Covey in To all the boys I've loved before) recommended it. I read it all - not hard as it is bite-sized episodic chapters - but it was short on pearls. If I was to sum it up in one word - it would be "annoying". My major issues - how come there is an example of something that happened to a friend for every point she wants to illustrate? Despite the book proclaiming radical honesty, I felt most of it was dishonest and unconvincing.
A book is never a waste of time as long as you can take some positives/learning away from it... so it was worth reading but I wasn’t a fan of this book. Women need to try to stay true to themselves but your entire mantra (especially if you choose to be a parent) can not be self-centred and ego-centric, which seemed to be what Glennon Doyle preached...over and over and over.
This memoir of self-discovery and relentless self-love is one everyone, particularly every woman, should read. Doyle shares her raw and vulnerable story of falling in love unexpectedly as an established adult, and being courageous enough to let that love, and that vision of what her life could be, shape her reality.
I’m the only one who thinks this book was hard to read? I love Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and all the celebrities who say this is the best book they ever read. But no. The writing is fun and just enough of a depth to feel some connection to the life described, but for me I felt like I was reading one of those not at all sympathetic stories at the back of an old magazine about how I left my cheating spouse.
And I don’t get it. Everything about this book is exactly me. Somehow it felt aged, like from twenty years ago when people excused their behavior because of their star sign and told you you weren’t rich because you didn’t want it badly enough. It’s not that kind of a book, and the author writes like chocolate, but honestly, no. Obviously the author is more successful and better in every way than any of us regular people will ever be but I had to just stop. Sometimes a book isn’t for you.
Maybe another time.
I love this author for her insights into women and human beings, it is okay to be ourselves and open up everything for discussion-and shows us how to do it. I am looking into her non-profit, seems like a great place to start helping others.
Think I need to buy this book and annotate. There are so many thoughts that are so relevant to my life.
Wowsers! I enjoyed this book so much! I listened to the book on Audiobook and Glennon Doyle narrates it so it felt so much more personal!
There is a lot of stuff going on in this book but somehow she brings it together just perfectly. I miss this book now that I'm finished with it and so that tells me that it profoundly touched me. I plan on buying this book for my own shelf and reading it at least once a year. That's how good it is!
Glennon hits on many topics that she has struggled with through her life but she helps women to realize that it's OK to be who we are. She teaches that it's ok for a woman not to feel like she has to apologize for being a woman.
I'm definitely recommending to all Women I know!
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. 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. Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
Some of my favorite quotes:
You are here to decide if your life, relationships and world are true and beautiful enough for you. And if they are not and you dare to admit they are not, you must decide if you have the guts, the right - perhaps even the duty - to burn to the ground that which is not true and beautiful enough and get started building what is.
I want to buy this for every woman in my life! Such a great book with advice that I will use forever.
Well friends, I don't mind telling you that I absolutely LOVE this book. I admit to being surprised by how inclusive it was and the many ways Doyle confronts her privilege. That is not something we often encounter in memoirs by famous influencers. I was particularly moved during the moments when Doyle writes of the fears she has of reading her work a year from now because she will have learned more. I admire that vulnerability. I respect the desire to constantly improve how we use our privilege.
Doyle has a lot to say about recovery, family, parenting, faith, and potential. For me, the real gems come in the moments when she writes about how to listen to ourselves. She borrows wisdom from a number of ancient practices and makes them relevant for the busy and uncertain lives we are living in 2020. Doyle writes about how to truly listen to our intuition and let that be our guide. This is quite a departure from the world of external forces like family, faith, ideas of what recovery and success should be. I especially love the bit about islands. I can't wait for you to read that part.
I could say more, but I would encourage you to open your heart to her work and see what you find.
"Life isn't hard because your doing it wrong, life is hard because your doing it right and we can do hard things." I loved this book and read it in only 2 days or so. Wonderfully written, nice short chapters for if your busy. Every woman should read this book at some point. Empowering and helps you find and help support YOU not society.
Highly recommend "Untamed" for girls and women of all ages. We are living in the 21st century and yet we are still limited by the continuously changing societal expectations of women that are meant to keep us quiet, small and - in Doyle's words - tamed. This book reminds us of how these rules have cleverly crept into our lives, starting from when we were born. Her brave stories and realizations take us on a journey of self-reflection of where we've been held back in our own lives and stories. This book inspires us to be the women we were born to be. To be our true, authentic and untamed selves.
When "is this all there is?" shifts to "There She Is"......