- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: The Dial Press (March 10, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1984801252
- ISBN-13: 978-1984801258
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
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- Customer Reviews: 1,759 customer ratings
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Untamed Hardcover – March 10, 2020
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“Reading Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Untamed, is diving into an adventure of what we can become. We collectively grow stronger as we are more willing to ask hard questions.”—Ms.
“Filled with hopeful messages . . . encourag[ing] women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition . . . This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the center, will delight readers.”—Publishers Weekly
“She is a terrific storyteller. . . . Whether discussing her children or the world outside, challenging conformity, confronting misogyny, or standing up to religious bigotry, her goal as a memoirist (and as a person) is to defy expectations and to help others break out of their cultural cages so that everyone can find their own version of humanity. A bracing jolt of honesty from someone who knows what she wants to say and isn’t afraid to say it.”—Booklist (starred review)
“An emotional gut punch . . . an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency. Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Enter Untamed: the one thing keeping me going during this whole thing. Glennon's words and stories have been a balm for my soul. A battle cry. Permission to feel all my feelings about my current situation and about my life in general. Inspiration to keep going even when I am tired and anxious because nursing is what I'm here for. As G says, "find what your makes your heart ache and follow it".
This book made me feel more seen than anything that I have ever heard or read (typing that just gave me shivery dots). To know that there are other canaries out there like Glennon and Tish comforted me so much. The reassurance that there is nothing wrong with me for being an empath and feeling life so deeply was a turning point for me.
As the spawn of two English Lit teachers, I am an underliner by nature. I should've just stopped because nearly the entire book is underlined :). I love that it is a collection of essays. Made it so easy to read one or two during a break or before bed at night.
Glennon, you are a breath of fresh air in a very scary time. I feel like you have taken the yoke off my shoulders hundreds of times over the course of reading this. Your consistent presence for your people is unmatched. You and Abby and your family are a testament to 'doing hard things', a phrase my best friend and I exchange a lot to keep each other going (I sent her a copy).
I will end with this: as G wrote about getting out of the cages that society has put us in, I thought of one of my favorite song lyrics many times. In 'Brave' Sara Bareilles sings "Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live, maybe one of these days you can let the light in, show me how big your brave is". I feel like these two creative contemporaries are lights in the darkness for us right now. Thank you, G, for this gem.
Bottom line: READ IT. Should be required reading for every female in my opinion.
By page 16, I’d already sobbed, laughed, sobbed, reconsidered who I am, how I live my life, and what I’m doing next, and cried again. So much fire lit. This is a masterpiece. Thank the universe (and Glennon) it published now. Lord knows we need this now. It is already one of my top favorite books ever, and I read a lot. Like, a LOT.
She talks about learning to access her own inner Knowing, which I had experienced as a miracle a few times in my life before I learned about this from the Guides in one of my other top books, I Am the Word by Paul Selig (and his other books). But this time I got a deeper, more practical grasp and inspiration around how and why to access that deeper knowing every day. She’s right that it only ever tells you just the next step... Kyle Cease talks about that exactly the same way, too.
I’m also feeling a revolution inside that I was already opening up to take full force... including the revolutionary wild act of feeling it all. Everything. FEELING pain, letting it burn, guide. She says, “I will continue to become only if I resist extinguishing myself a million times a day. If I can sit in the fire of my own feelings, I will keep becoming.“
By page 89, it is 3:41 am, and with my two small children asleep near my bed, I quietly sobbed and sobbed and sobbed, as my heart broke open. As I FELT. I’ve barely cried in years. In decades. I’m usually just trying to disconnect and numb feelings enough to keep going, to fit in, to stay the course, everything is fine. I’m fine.
I’m not fine. Our world is no longer fine.
p115: my husband called me on video chat (we’re thousands of miles apart right now) and he said, “Whoa, you look different. You’re glowing.”
Fire. Burning. Feeling.
p133: Turns out cracking open and feeling all the feelings isn’t just pain. Deep, body shaking joy came to our house today. Car, actually. After a difficult to describe very intense session of 5 people all air-planing our take-out lasagna bites to each other in our parked car and absolutely laughing out assess off this afternoon, my six year old says to me tonight right before bed, “It was so, so nice to hear Mama laughing. I’d say it is better than getting a toy.”
P... somewhere after p 200 some major personal shifts and awakenings occurred... too personal to convey at this time.
P324 I’ve been running from my mother since I left for college. Really since I got a car in high school, and before that when I fell in love with my high school freshman boyfriend, who was also my best friend. I escaped into the safe shelter of his love and caring, laughter and companionship.
And now, at 37 years old, it’s time to stop. Because of this book. I can stop, be with it, with her. To let it burn. To face the pain, the triggers, and let the fire engulf me and burn away what was never real. To tell the truth, and face my mother with an open heart.
I just moved in with my mom last night. I’m literally quarantined in small house with just the two of us and my two small boys (6 and 3). For the first time in my whole life, I am not afraid.
Thank you Glennon. My God... thank you.
I’m now going to click the “beginning” button in my kindle and read it all again.
I’m a little nervous and excited... the wild way my life is cracking open... I have no idea how, maybe I was really ready... this book has immediately and shockingly changed everything, and given me the map for change with truth, freedom and grace. With love.
Yes to the heartbreak. Yes to the pain. Yes to love. Yes to myself and my life untamed, in truth.
I am free.
I underlined & highlighted some exceptional sentences near the beginning. I loved the idea of “imagining my truest & most beautiful life”; but then she switched to a spewing of her leftist political ideologies. It’s burning my eyes to read it now.
I am a conservative woman & I find her broadcast of beliefs (and negation of mine) disheartening. It is not the uplifting memoir I expected.
Save your time & money in this one.
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I was so wrong.
Quarter of the way through I was texting my best friend saying “you have to read this”. Several pages later I was like “I’ve not even finished it and I’ve already ordered you your own copy”. I read it cover to cover TWICE in one weekend. The second time with a highlighter
What is so great about it?
- her message for women and how easy it is to get trapped in lives that aren’t REALLY who we are
- her message for young girls - and the great story of how Abby coached their daughter through sport that sometimes you have to do hard things that you don’t want to do in order to get to what you DO want
- her message for boys that they owe responsibility to their families and to muck in with all the chores at home
- her message about online porn and what it does to young people’s brains if they’re not taught healthy messages about sex
I could go on. But I won’t. Cos you should hear it from Glennon not me.
It made an immediate difference to me. I got up and out and asked for what I wanted in an area of my life. And lo and behold it looks like I’m gonna get it
I wish you could take the feeling in my heart for your book and put it into words.
I saw a video of Kirsten Bell on her bathroom floor talking about how good your book was which led me down an IG trip which ended on Abby’s page. I watched videos and read what she wrote, her adoration and support is palpable, and you seemed to embody the meaning of Feeling full heartedly - and so, I ordered your book (hard copy even which I never do, and am so glad I did).
I rebuilt 4 years ago after leaving a 14 yr marriage - everything you wrote resonated on such a soul level.
Your writing is beautiful and important.
I’ve been reading a few chapters at a time and letting it sink in - I read the flight attendant chapter the other day and it has been so amazingly helpful during these times.
I have never written an Amazon review but it felt important to support such a wonderful, beautiful piece of work.
Thank you for the heart, vulnerability and love you put into this, it is obvious and I am grateful for you!
This book has important and helpful things to say about love, loss, identity, parenting, social justice, gender, social norms (and many more!!), in a personal, helpful way. I highly recommend!
The way she writes to describe life and situations is wonderful and just can’t stop reading. I will be buying this book over and over again to give it to all my friends and family. This is such an important book on life and living it. Do yourself a favor and get Untamed, to get untamed!
It’s part memoir of Glennon’s life and how she found the courage to leave her husband to marry a woman; Abby, the love of her life, navigating all this with three young children and how they have all created one big family together co- parenting, which is amazing in itself but it’s so much more than that, it’s a story about freeing ourselves from the cages we women find ourselves in when we live for other people instead of our own truth. It’s a guide to find your way back to yourself and to keep choosing yourself over and over again until you are free from those cages.
It’s a beautiful, funny, heartbreaking story about love and loss and courage and wisdom and addiction and anxiety and truth and life.
If you read one book this whole lock down, make this it.
“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.” - Glennon Doyle 💗
I have gifted this book again and again, I have WhatsApped, emailed, texted and chatted about how this should be compulsory reading at age 16.
I’ve had two fairly life changing epiphanies whilst reading Untamed.
I can not recommend Untamed enough. Please give Glennon and Abby a follow on Instagram- they will lift you and cheer on your Untaming.
Thank you both for sharing your light!
I am new to her work and this is the first book of hers that I've read, but THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING!
It's a book about trust, truth and knowing.
It's a book about removing the shackles of should to be free, wild and untamed.
And it's a book about allowing our children to be brave too.
Untamed is peppered with powerful truth bombs alongside gentle helpful reminders.
I love this book so much and I love Abby and Glennon's love.
I love the encouragement, the 'Aha-moments and wows and nudges, I love the true and authentic realness, the courageous honesty and the recognition and celebration of the Knowing.
Thank you Glennon for reminding us to listen to the knowing nudges and lean away from the self-abandonment. Thank you Abby and Craig and everyone else Glennon thanks in the book for being you.
Knowing that the snow will one day settle offers hope.
What a gift!