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.
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 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?