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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

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For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing herself to living out loud and giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Her hilarious and poignan ...more
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Published April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published March 2nd 2013)
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Melinda
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
Jen Graham
Mar 13, 2013 Jen Graham rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Strand
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 momastry.com. 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.

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Nancy
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
Judy
May 27, 2013 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Tricia
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 book...as 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
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Julie Ekkers
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
Ginny
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
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Ashley
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!
Donna
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.
Paula
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
Jo Edwards
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
Wanda
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
Adrianne
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
Anna
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
Lori Hinnant
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
Katrina Maurer Simeck
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 a
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Debbie
SIX...NO, TEN STARS PLEASE! Five stars is just not enough to rate a book that quite literally has changed my life on many levels. Glennon speaks the heartfelt truth while loving everyone she comes in contact with. I can relate (without the loving everyone part, since I'm not as evolved as Glennon, yet). I swear the woman gets into my brain and knows my thoughts. She and I share many things -- like my adoration and respect for the author Anne Lamotte. She quotes Dorothy Parker, another of my all ...more
steph
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
Vikki
i can imagine what the reviewers are saying about this book, which, when you get right down to it, is basically a compilation of blog posts arranged in a more or less coherent fashion and preaching a kind of feel-good, self-help spirituality tailor-made for the mommy-blog reader (i didn't decide ahead of time to cram four hyphens into that sentence, but i kind of appreciate the symmetry). because i fancy myself a fairly literate, intellectual person with more than my share of religious contempt, ...more
Awwwtrouble
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
Colleen
I really thought I would be prepared for Carry On Warrior, Thoughts on Life Unarmed as a longtime Momastery reader, but I was far from it. Woven through the landscape of familiar stories and people I’ve grown to love over the last several years, Glennon snuck in beautiful and raw and real reflections on life. The way she opens her life and gives the reader full access through her “shameless truth-telling” is like no other author I’ve read. Glennon is in good company among some of my favorite aut ...more
Rose
I won this book on the advance Reader's edition from the goodreads giveaways. I loved the cover and the title of this book so the entired the giveaway.

I do not usually read this type of book. However once I picked up this book I could not put it dwon. I had to read it every spare moment I had. This book is so honest, funny, and thought provoking. I love how she is not afraid to talk about the importance of God in her life.

This is an amazing book. I feel so blessed to have read it.
Barbara Melosh
Engaging voice, and moving affirmation of the power of vulnerable love. But it's essentially a retread of her blogs, and published as a book, the collection shows the limits of blog form...short takes that don't go deep, suggestive but without much sustained argument.
Kelly
Wow. I'm a new fan of Glennon's. I just learned about Momastery this past summer. I think she stands for something we need in this life. Her writing style seems a bit unsophisticated at times, which is both charming and takes some getting used to, but it is so worth it. Much like John Welwood's "Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships," this book will stay with me, and it also advances some of the spiritual awakening I got from his book. Welwood talks about how our world suffers from humanity's la ...more
Deanna
This book made me feel really good about life in general and how it's ok to be our selves with all our personal strengths and weaknesses. It was funny and captivating.
Lori

I loved this book. LOVED.

I rarely make notes when I read a book and I most certainly do not write in, highlight or dog-ear pages in my books.
Reading this book I made copious notes...little scraps of paper peeked out from every few pages. I messaged the friend who recommended it to me (Hi Mar!!) relentlessly with such urbane and intelligent critiques - "OMG!!The mom resignation letter" and "I think I need to buy this book so that I can highlight the crap out of it." and "HAHA...the smelly laundry
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Margie
One of the things that I appreciate most about this book is that it makes me think a lot. About what a book is versus a blog, about whether or not I agree with Glennon, and about whether or not I like her.

Overall, I like her, I like what she has to say, and if we consider this a collection of short pieces of writing, it works as a book. It works especially well if the book reader is not a regular reader of Glennon's blog, Momastery. And of course, as a collection of short pieces of writing, this
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Michelle
Reading "Carry on, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed" was one of the most encouraging things I have done in 2013. As I read the book, I felt like I was sitting in the living room, sharing a Starbucks and conversing with Glennon Doyle Melton. Her frank, funny, yet very serious ways of communicating left me wishing the conversation was not over yet! I just wanted to keep reading and gleaning from her creative, unique perspective. Glennon states so clearly what I am feeling and thinking, leaving me ...more
Jill Crisafi
One of my new favorite books! I am usually too cheap to buy a book (look at me being so honest!?) , but so glad I bought this one. I highlighted so many parts and will go back and reread them whenever I want. I have even been reading parts to my family too. I feel like I just made a new friend. Buy it and read it and highlight now. LOVED IT!
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Glennon Melton is the founder of Momastery.com and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. She lives in Florida with family and beloved dogs.
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