Jul 14, 2013

Carry On, Warrior

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton

My rating: 5 stars

Overview from Goodreads: In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Momastery.com She recounts her mistakes and triumphs with candor and humor, and gives language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She believes that by shedding our armor, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman trying to love herself and others, readers find a wise and witty friend who will inspire them to forgive their own imperfections, make the most of their gifts, and commit to small acts of love that will change the world.

Holy shit. 

This book was life-changing.
Why yes there ARE a lot of flagged passages, but I managed to only include a few in this review!
I'd heard of momastery.com - the website of the author, Glennon Melton - but only in passing. I'd seen a few bloggers post pictures of this book and thought it sounded good, so I requested it from my library and when it was available, figured I'd give it a try.

I almost don't even know where to start - this story is incredible. After I finished the library copy, I went and bought my own, because this is not a book I want to give back.

In this book Glennon shares her story - about overcoming addictions, finding forgiveness, and being a truth teller; not hiding behind ideas of a perfect life, but sharing what's real and raw, and things that make her vulnerable. From the start, I felt we were kindred spirits.

Over time, this is what I have tried to create on my blog - this honesty, this raw-ness - knowing that it can absolutely suck to make myself so vulnerable, but it's who I am, and what I do, and I know someone somewhere feels less alone because of it.

I shouldn't be surprised I loved this book so much - afterall, we know how I feel about being a warrior. (I even got it tattooed on my body!) But I just felt so...validated throughout this book. Let me give you a few examples:

"That maybe life gets real, good, and interesting when we remove all of the layers of protection we've built around our hearts and walk out onto the battlefield of life naked." (pg 4)

"Everyone has a story to tell. Writing is not about creating tidy paragraphs that sound lovely or choosing the 'right' words. It's just about noticing who you are and noticing life and sharing what you notice. When you write your truth, it is a love offering to the world because it helps us feel braver and less alone." (pg 25)

"Because hospitality is not about fancy table settings, just like writing isn't about fancy words. They are both about letting people see you. Letting people in now, not waiting until things are perfect." (pg 216)

It was almost scary reading some of these words, because it was as if they came from my own brain.

"Love is not warm and fuzzy or sweet and sticky. Real love is tough as nails. It's having your heart ripped out, putting it back together, and the next day, offering it back to the same world that just tore it up." (pg 194)

Yes, yes, so much yes. This book is about honesty and strength, courage, and being able to laugh at yourself.

And in case for any reason you're doubting it -watch this.

My favorite part of the video:

"That's what a warrior does. She comes out, imperfect, out of her armor, out of hiding, and she shows up on the battlefield every day. And...she takes some hits. But she carries on."

Just do yourself a favor and read it, okay?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

"Maybe just the fact that life is hard doesn't mean I'm doing it wrong" - I think that is my favorite line from her video. I haven't read this book as I have some library books I need to get through first, but I plan on reading it later this month, and I can't wait as I know I will love it based on what you've said (and the little bit I read that day in B&N).

I have always respected the fact that you are very honest and real in your blog. I can always hear YOU in the posts. I strive to do the same in my blog. I want it to be an authentic representation of who I am and what I am going through. I am sure my honesty probably makes people feel uncomfortable at times, but I guess if that is the case, they are probably not the kind of people I want in my life.

Nora said...

I have heard amazing things about this book. I'll have to see if I can snag it from the library one of these days!

I want so very much to be raw and honest more on my blog but I think in order to do that i'll have to be anonymous again to protect the innocent and etc. ;)

Amber said...

I REALLY want to read this book after hearing you and Lisa talk about it. Adding it to the list and I'm gonna see if I can get it at the library!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I'm definitely planning to read this book as soon as I get through a few others I have out from the library.
One of the things I love about your blog is its honesty, I do feel like its you in every post. I try for my blog to be that way too but lately it's been a challenge, I either feel like I'm complaining too much or just all over the place. I need some focus that's for sure...

Stephany said...

This book is definitely on my TBR list and I probably should request it from the library already since I’m sure it’s a long wait. Or just buy it, because I know if you loved it this much then I know I will, since we share the same views on being vulnerable. :)

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