Untamed

Untamed

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"There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and world, and wonder: Wasn't it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful. We hide our simmering discontent--even from ourselves. Until we reach our boiling point. 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. Glennon was finally hearing her own voice--the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. 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. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectationsof us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize: There She Is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get"--
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781984801258
1984801252
Characteristics: xvi, 333 pages ;,22 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 04, 2021

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.

sjpl_rebekah Mar 24, 2021

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.

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kcorwin1
Mar 03, 2021

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.

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amahearn
Mar 03, 2021

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.

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acorns13
Feb 17, 2021

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.

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alyshavictoriaann
Jan 20, 2021

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.

Donna_R Jan 17, 2021

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.

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Readariot
Oct 19, 2020

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.

JCLKelseyR Oct 02, 2020

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.

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Indoorcamping
Sep 22, 2020

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.

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