I enjoy non-fiction books but I rarely read them - mostly because there is an abundance of fiction books that I have to read. But I felt Untamed needed to be read. I am not in the large universe of people who follow author Glennon Doyle’s blog and I didn’t read her first two books. I was aware of her popularity and her marriage to soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach after divorcing her husband with whom she has three children but that’s about it.
The reviews for Untamed have, for the most part, been absolutely glowing, applauding its female empowerment, honesty and courage. After reading these reviews, you almost feel like if you didn’t absolutely love it, then you wouldn’t be true to your belief that you are an enlightened woman. Some reviews, the minority, have been downright mean calling it, “oversimplifying and preachy" among other harsh comments. In an honest memoir such as this, reactions are based on where you’re at in your own life and your own beliefs. I liked Untamed and I’m glad I read it.
I particularly liked Doyle’s writing style. And she has a good sense of humor. This is her story and she lets you know how she feels about misogyny, religion and homophobia. Sure, it gets a little heavy-handed at times but that is clearly what her audience loves about her.
This quick-reading book shows Doyle's devotion to her children and her love for Wambach. I particularly liked the following excerpt where the author is talking about good parenting:
It’s not: I love you no matter which of my expectations you meet or don’t meet.
It’s: My only expectation is that you become yourself. The more deeply I know you, the more beautiful you become to me.
Well said Glennon!
You’ll have to decide if you’d like a dose of Doyle’s brand of healing. Untamed is sure to be an easy blowout for existing fans and for everyone else, it’s worth taking a shot*.
*Apologies for the bad soccer puns but I was a soccer mom for too many years not to try.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Non-Fiction / Memoir.
Publication Date: March 10, 2020.
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