#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over two million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (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.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine• The Washington Post• Cosmopolitan• Marie Claire • Bloomberg• Parade• “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.
Plain and simple truth.55
I did not like this book at all. I really had to force myself to finish the second half. Glenn on is very preachy (not about religion) and comes off like a “know-it-all”. She touches on all the very important social issues of the current times but doesn’t say anything new. It comes off like she’s just wanting to be known as “woke”. She acts like she invented the ideas of meditation, intuition, integrity, and so many more. We all know these thing exist so for her to rename them and claim them as new is strange. While I agree with most of her ideas and opinions, she doesn’t offer any new perspective and her short stories are boring. She seems like she would be a very bossy person. Someone who just stares at you and says “trust me I know” as if you don’t also know. But then she preaches about living life how you know you should. Contradicting. This is perhaps a good book for older generations who are “stuck in their ways” about social issues and family structure. I found it boring.15
Author seems to be the kind of person who finds a woke story in every minute detail in life. The over glorification of feelings and prioritizing oneself is small minded and an oversimplified philosophy. Not all feminism is created equal, this is exactly the kind of toxic feminism we don’t need.15
Raw. True. Beautiful writing. Loved every second of being indulged in this book 🙏🏼🤍55
I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to relate to her/ this book because I’m 20 and straight but it was highly recommended by so many people I gave it a try. It was impossible to put down and such a good read. The core of her message is applicable to all women and I’ve been recommending it to every woman in my life. Loved it!!!55
Glennon Doyle is a gifted writer. Unfortunately I couldn’t stomach the woke, predictable “i deserve to be happy”, “everything’s about me”, and the “everyones a racist” chapters. For someone who wants to transcend judgement by she certainly casts judgement on others. Her hypocrisy is so sickening, I couldn’t finish the book.15
Easy to read, good but wouldn’t read it twice.35
Such a good book! I cried so many times because Glennon was able to capture my exact thoughts and feelings in countless situations through her own experiences. It was eye opening, brave and courageous and truly life changing.55
Glennon Doyle has helped me sink into my knowing more than I ever have. Her writing is a feast for the mind. She writes with such vivid emotion and logic and clarity. I hope one day I get to write the way she does. With conviction and fearlessness.55
Evolution is my word for the season. Glennon’s story of becoming, of “I am”, spoke strongly to me for I have always fought the Knowing and tried to fit in with what was right at that moment. When I was in my 20s, I married knowing he was not a man that I would be able grow with. I walked away when I was ready. When I was 30, I became engaged to the man who impregnated me to keep me around. I walked away when I was ready. Now, I am 42. On my 40th birthday I declared that this decade was for me. Glennon’s story resonates true to that declaration.55