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G and Untamed are a balm for a hurting world
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
To give a light synopsis of my last week: I am a traveling nurse practitioner. I work in urgent care in WV while my home, spouse and family are in Kansas. I stay in a hotel. I battle loneliness, fatigue and homesickness. My anxiety is high due to the current coronavirus.
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.