Untamed

By Glennon Doyle

  • Release Date: 2020-03-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 266 Ratings

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book 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.

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.

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Reviews

  • Amazing!

    5
    By kendraj4
    I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I read it! Raw honesty. Couldn’t put it down! I didn’t want it to end. Definitely made me look at my feelings in a different light.
  • Must Read Absolutely Love

    5
    By Patriciarene1(4)
    I love this book. My eyes are glued to the book and it has been a very fun, inspirational, and educational way to spend my quarantine. The book has an amazing message that I think all women but especially young women should read. I’m not someone who reads or who gets lost in books. Ask any of my past English teachers They will back me up on this but this book is an amazing read and I can’t put it down. I have been and will continue to tell everyone how amazing this book is.
  • Outstanding.

    5
    By k98:#p
    One of the best books I’ve read in my life. Thank you.
  • Braids and Glue!!!!

    5
    By M1m2tx
    You’ve done it again, Glennon! I love your honesty and words. I can’t really articulate how to best describe this book. Read it. You will think about yourself and life hopefully new and differently.
  • Maybe I’m not the right audience?

    1
    By JessicaHobson
    Not familiar with the author before this, but found the book to be preachy and self indulgent. No need to spend chapter after chapter telling the world that you do what you want and then justifying it over and over again. One of the very few books that I’ve quit in my life.
  • So good!

    5
    By Riles_33
    Been telling everyone I know to read this book - it’s such a game changer. Raises so many issues Ive thought about but didnt have the words to express. Highly recommend for anyone who wants change but doesnt know how to go about it.
  • Incredible book!

    5
    By Ameigh80
    Life changing book. Do yourself a favor and read it now!
  • One of my absolute favorites

    5
    By Melissa C. M.
    I just read the entire book in half a day. I laughed and cried and felt seen. This book helped shed light on wounds I didn’t know I still carried with me. As someone who was raised by a single mother, reading “vows” felt like healing. This is a special work of art. Thank you.
  • Love. There are almost no words.

    5
    By Hannah.KayH
    I inhaled this book while traveling, loving every minute. Within the first few pages I was figuring out how many copies I needed to buy and send to other women in my life. Each page was beautifully written, open, honest and touching. I am so grateful that she has put into words ways that I can return to myself, not improving or changing, but returning. Thank you Glennon for reminding us that our mother’s martyrdom is not ours to carry, that we can trust our knowing and return to love. As I approach 30, I am eternally grateful.
  • Glendon, can you write a teen version?

    5
    By Addymara08
    While I don’t have experiences with all topics covered in the book nor do I agree wholeheartedly with every word, Untamed is sincerely written and utterly thought provoking. On multiple occasions tears came to my eyes, not because the sentiment was necessarily a sad one, but because I fully understood the words as if, “Yes! That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to express myself. “ As the mother of twin 11 year old girls, I’m particularly taken with the cell phone, memo, and cream cheese anecdotes. my most often used words used to be, Mommy will help or Mommy will do it and now it’s, life is hard, solve your problem. Please write a condensed version of Untamed for teens. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to pass along the messages you’ve carefully laid out.

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