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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  22,873 ratings  ·  2,358 reviews
An inspirational, sidesplittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty.

In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from She recounts her mistakes and triumphs with candor and humor, and gives language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She believes that by shed
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Scribner
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Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really feel that I need to review this is two parts to accurately convey my feelings about this book, so I'm going to start with the nitty gritty here--the writing. I find books written from blogs to be problematic. Writing a book and writing a blog are not the same thing and, taking pieces from a blog and putting them into a book tends to be unsatisfying for me. A blog post does not a chapter make. I'm sure there have been blogs to books that are able to avoid this misstep, but Carry On, Warr ...more
Sara Strand
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will be honest- when I originally saw this tour available, I skipped over it as soon as I saw that it was written by the creator of Not because I have anything against the website, but because I really hate mommy bloggers. I hate the "my kids are my life and it's always amazing and I am so blessed by Jesus" bloggers. I really would like them to show up at my house when I'm performing an enema on a seven year old while my five year old screams that I'm not spending time with him.

Jen Graham
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Humans
Goosebumps the whole time. Not just because I recently had my arms waxed, but because it's just that good. Raw. Real. Relatable. Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed focuses on our sameness. Glennon Melton puts to ink the voice in so many of our heads. Not only when it's all polite, calm and well rested, but also (and more importantly) the jacked up, bath salts version, too. She gives us permission and encouragement to have pride in our crazy. Her uncanny ability to be unafraid and simult ...more
Donna P
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't think I've ever read such a narcissistic book before. After about 20 pages, I was already bored out of my mind with her overly-written pop psychobabble. I actually cringed when another reviewer compared her to Anne Lamott. For one thing, Lamott can actually write - and she doesn't have the savior complex that Melton does.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Glennon Doyle Melton. I can't believe I haven't been reading Momastary. Glennon is the blogger I daren't be. She lives out loud and without apology. She has confidence in the person she is and the direction is going for the simple reason that she is solid in her faith in God and His Love for her. Before you tune out thinking this is another religious book, let me clarify. Many of her ideas on God resonate with me loud and clear. Some don't but it doesn't matter. What connects ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is junk! I can not believe people are raving about this. There is no substance in this book whatsoever! The writing is horrible, and the writer is completely crazy. Truly... this woman is nuts! The near-worship following Glennon has in her "monkees" is both disturbing and sickening. Ugh, please don't waste your time and get sucked into this black hole!
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read the entire book and read it quickly. However, I was left somewhat unimpressed. Disclaimer is that I have only read a handful of her blog posts linked from Faceboook recommendations. I have no ill-will toward her as a person or the charitable work I hear about her name associated with. This is a review of the actual a book.

Here's what I didn't like about her book. It's basically like reading a bunch of blog posts. But not really in order and without any specific flow. SO for me a
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Laura, Juliette, possibly Kathryn
New record. 13 sticky tabs to mark important sections and thoughts....and I didn't start slapping them on until 1/3rd of the way through the book.

Let me see if I can explain what I loved about this book.

Glennon Doyle Melton is everyday natural. No trying to impress with her wisdom, astound with how far she has come in her recovery from drugs, alcohol and bulimia and no trying too hard to be funny. Although Glennon confesses to being a Christian, she doesn't bombard the reader with her beliefs.
Julie Biles
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Glennon Doyle Melton has a warm, inviting personality. The reader feels this when reading her blog posts. Melton is open and vulnerable: these qualities are so often missing in our relationships. So, I appreciate these valuable characteristics you see in her work. I felt waves of emotion as I read her stories: I was certainly entertained. This book is a compilation of personal, self-focused blog posts, but not a well-written book.
It seems a bit concerning that while telling her stories, she so
3.5 stars

I'm struggling a bit in reviewing this becaue I really loved it for the most part but there were aspects that didn't work for me. I love her overall themes of being honest, and taking ownership for your life. The essays focusing on her children, husband and sister were some of the best, in my opinion. The thing that fell flat for me was her focus on religion. I get it that religion is a big piece of her life and her story. Which is great. But, for those who are not 'religious' (me), it
Julie Ekkers
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would give Glennon's blog five stars, but am only giving her book four, and have been wrestling with how this can be. I really, really like Glennon's blog in which she reveals everything about her history as a bulimic and addict and her life now as a sober writer, wife, and mother of three. I think Glennon has a lot of thoughtful things to say about parenting and faith in particular, that will resonate with and comfort many. C.S. Lewis wrote, "We read to know we are not alone." That's how read ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an autobiography of sorts. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I've never heard of the author before, but now I feel I know who she is. She is a mommy blogger, but not the kind you might think.

This was laugh out loud funny. I read this at work and any spontaneous noise, (laughing, singing, coughing, etc) is frowned upon. I just couldn't help it though. It had me rolling out of my chair. I enjoyed her honest approach to motherhood, especially with her background. This felt so rea
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so thankful to Glennon Doyle Melton who wrote this amazing book, Carry On Warrior, just for ME. How did she know I needed this Love Pep Talk right at this very moment in my life?

However, it just so happens, she also wrote it for my Mom, my best friends, my Dad, my neighbors, my Pastor, my children and you. All of you. ALL of US.

She tells her own, once private, very personal truths in this book. Nonetheless, the words she writes speak to the heart of anyone who reads it. She speaks to you th
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book seems to have a polarizing effect on most readers, and I would be in that camp. I want to give this book one star, and maybe 3.5 stars. Even as I write this I don't know where I'll land. She's really setting herself up as a self help guru, though she professes the opposite.

The chapter that really repelled me was the "Coughy, Smelly Guy", in which she goes to yoga and is initially repelled by the man that takes yoga with her, and who, you guessed it, coughs and smells. Then she suggests
Jo Edwards
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the Momastery blog since the day that Glennon Melton started it. I'm an artist and since because of her words and her actions, she inspired me to start my own blog where I did a piece of art every day for a year...throughout pregnancy and childbirth and having my first baby. I was incredibly proud of that accomplishment and I honestly couldn't have done it without Glennon and Momastery. Now after reading the Carry On Warrior, a whole new world of inspiration awaits. Glennon c ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know I have fallen in love with a book when I fall out of life - when I stop wife-ing, parenting, friending, Facebooking, etc. and just READ. I love those books dearly and Carry On, Warrior is definitely one of them. I have read Glennon's blog Momastery since 2009 and reading Carry On, Warrior was on one hand like reconnecting with an old friend, and on the other like discovering someone I'd never met before. Glennon speaks to the heart of how hard life can be - but also beautiful. It's ok if ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
As I was reading this I couldn't decide whether to give it 5 stars or 1 star...but the last chapter of the book was so sacrilegious I have to give it 1 star. While there are so many well written messages about being a great friend, wife & mother - the theology of this book is so warped I can't support it. God is NOT s/he, whatever you feel in your heart. I think life is a little more black/white than the author supports. I continue to follow the blog for the great humour & thoughtful messages, b ...more
Anne Bogel
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great personal essays featuring the best of her blog Momastery plus a lot of new material. Some of the essays feel kind of flat, but the good ones are pretty amazing so I'll forgive her for that.
I have conflicting feelings on this book. On one hand, I really enjoyed certain sections and I laughed pretty hard on her section regarding tooth brushing (I DON'T FLOSS DAILY EITHER EVEN THOUGH MY DENTIST REMINDS ME TO EVERY TIME I GO IN FOR MY 6 MONTH CHECKUP) and the part where her daughters were throwing a tantrum in Target and a police officer came over and told her girls they were "disturbing the peace and could they try to keep it down?" and her daughters instantly froze and quieted becau ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Momastery for a while, and knew I wanted to read the book. I think she's a good writer, very thought provoking, and I think she does good things. I also think she is a master at telling universal truths, while having most readers think she is revealing a lot about herself when is reality she reveals almost nothing personal. There's something about her "shameless truth telling" that rings a little disingenuous to me. For example, she writes many times about her lengthy arrest r ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway! I work with people who are seeking recovery in their lives everyday and this book was a breath of fresh air! The author uses fantastic humor when sharing her personal challenges and ultimately says out loud what everyone else is thinking. I love this woman!! I could relate to almost every situation she presented and could not wait to read on. The book is non-threatening and non-judging and would make a great resource for any woman who is ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Glennon's blog over a year ago when I stumbled on her "Don't Carpe Diem" essay, which articulated some of the challenges I was facing in motherhood. Momastery (not mom-mastery, but like monastery - a sanctuary for moms) has been on my Reader feed ever since, and I have come to love Glennon's mantras, like "We can do hard things," "We belong to each other" and "Love wins." Glennon has a way of being hilariously self-deprecating, brutally honest, and joyously uplifting. Glennon m ...more
Katrina Holtz
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I somehow wasn't familiar with Glennon's blog (clearly, I'm living under a rock), so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I got a copy of this book from NetGalley. It turned out to be a complete gift of brilliance & laughter & kindred spirit tears.

This book is amazing.

Glennon isn't a perfect/stepford/annoying mommy blogger. She's real. Honest. Messy. Reading Carry On Warrior had me shaking my head YES! in the knowing and the relating. Sharing her own war stories of motherhood is an act of
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Carry On, Warrior, author Glennon Doyle Melton tells shameless truths about how beautiful and brutal life can be. When Melton bravely confesses forbidden truths about motherhood, marriage, and friendship, she lets the rest of us off the hook. She is a brilliant storyteller who is able to turn hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories into good-natured winks. Melton is wickedly funny without being wicked; her humor is infused with warmth and wonder. Carry On, Warrior is also the most power ...more
Kathyana Carvajal
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I no longer feel the need to have children
I love Glennon's philosophy on life. Too many people have carefully-curated social media profiles that make their life look perfect. It's not only a lie, it makes other people feel terrible for not being so pulled together. Glennon's rejects that, instead calling on women to be more open and honest about how hard life really can be. Not everything is Pinterest or Instagram-worthy in our lives and we should embrace and lean into the struggles we all face. She herself lives that philosophy by open ...more
Joy Kirkreit
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmmm. I had to read half the book before Glennon became really likable to me. I couldn't really relate to her the first half...with her little fit about her husband not throwing her a big birthday surprise, her philosophy of "living out loud" and being an open book, and her ME, ME, ME.
I've always wondered: does everything always need to be talked about? Does everything have to "posted" or blogged about? I instead wanted to read about her sister working against injustice in Africa. I started to f
Ericka Clouther
More of a collection of essays on accepting yourself and others rather than an actual memoir, though we do learn a lot about the author in her essays. The essays are inspiring and she has some very good points about parenting and religion.

From a memoir aspect, we get an incomplete view of who the people in her life story are. To some extent, we learn about the author herself, but most of the other people are presented as somewhat flat. How am I to resolve who her husband is for example? He mode
Lori Hinnant
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know- the title. You likely have the impression that this is a hokey self-help book you don't want to read. It's not, and you do. Not only do you want to read this book, but you should read this book. It will make you better at life. (And let me point out, this is coming from a girl who DOES NOT read nonfiction.) Glennon advocates for authenticity, connection, and hope, all with grace and a liberal dose of humor. She explores BIG topics like faith and love without preaching or pretension. Befo ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Glennon Doyle Melton is a new author for me and I did not know that she has a blog or writes for Oprah Magazine. Man, oh, man she tells it like it is. Sometimes I wasn't sure if she was exaggerating and putting in humor or if she was telling it like it truly is. For example, how do you have three children, a husband and no pans in the kitchen? Oh well, on to her next book. ...more
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Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers UNTAMED (a Reese’s Book Club selection) and LOVE WARRIOR ( an Oprah's Book Club selection), as well as the New York Times bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. An activist and thought leader, Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthr ...more

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