Title: Love Warrior
Author: Glennon Doyle Melton
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Just when Glennon Doyle
Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy
children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her
first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller
list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize
that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic,
Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of
crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her
deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.
is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing
that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough
and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals
how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for
a man and a woman to truly know one another - and it captures the
beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything
they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of
marriage, fall in love."
My Two Cents:
"Love Warrior" is the
second memoir from Glennon Doyle Melton. It focuses on the story of her
marriage and all of the up's and down's that come with it. It's about
more than that though: namely how you live a more truthful and open
life. Her ruminations on what it means to do this were enlightening and
brave. This is the kind of book that I know that I will want to go back
to over and over again.
It's hard to be open and to lay yourself
bare but that is exactly what Melton does throughout this book. It's
what I most appreciated in this book. Too often we swallow down are real
feelings and we feel the need to project a picture-perfect dream of
what our life is like. Life is good but life is also incredibly messy
and even though we all know that, it's hard to be totally and completely
unarmed with each other. There's one part of the book where Melton
talks about saying "I'm fine" when you really are not fine. She shows
that often if you let others in when times get tough, it can help you.
Such simple advice but oh so hard to follow.
Melton isn't afraid
to be disarmed. Her words often feel like they are just tumbling out
and although they may be imperfect, they're important and they're clear
and they're true. Even if your relationship is in shape this book still
may be a good pick for you if you're going through a difficult time.