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Love Warrior

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  16,277 Ratings  ·  2,216 Reviews
The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York T
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
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Aug 08, 2016 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I sit here in rehab with my newly sober shakey hands just finishing Glennons Love Warrior in one night all I can think is thank freakin' god.
My heart fills my whole chest but does not hurt. I let her look right at me and she is not mad. She and I are the same. She loves me, I know it. She has been waiting for me. I sit in front of her and she is what I needed, she is the hiding place Iv been looking for. She is not mad. Glennon is my Mary. She is my red velvet carpet. She is my candle of pr
May 16, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With each chapter I read of this book, I thought of someone new I wanted to recommend it to. Eventually settling on everyone. Everyone should read this book. Love Warrior is about being vulnerable, shedding your "representative(s)", and being enough.
Jun 12, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to win the "advanced reader copy" lottery and get this book, but figured I'd finish it once my summer vacation had started - I finished it in 24 hours. I read Glennon Doyle Melton's other book - Carry On, Warrior - and loved her sense of humor and her writing style on her blog, but this book was a new voice I hadn't heard from her before that I loved. It was deep and weighty and lovely and poetic and heartbreaking. I am not nor ever have been married, but the book spoke about love ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many parts of this book that I LOVED, parts that challenged me and made me think. Some of it felt self absorbed and frustrated me.
Sep 09, 2016 Noelle rated it it was ok
This book just did not do it for me. I've read her blog some and her first book but this one just seemed to be choppy writing and SO much about her dislike of having sex. I generally enjoy her authenticity. I thought it droned on and on but clearly I'm in the minority on Goodreads.
Sep 12, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consumed this book like I used to consume Stoli O with cranberry juice when I, too, was trying not to feel so much. I highlighted half the book, and that says enough, methinks.
Sep 19, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok
I didn't know anything about Glennon Doyle Melton prior to reading this book. I had never read her blog or her previous work. I was attracted to this mostly because of the cover and the title but also because I had read that she was a recovering alcoholic.

This memoir is about her struggles with her husband's infidelity and to find herself. I really enjoyed and got a lot out of the first 2/3 of this but then it went into way too much god and yoga for me.

I did really like her thoughts on pain and
Sep 15, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I have to admit...I'd previously read a few of Melton's blog posts and deemed her style "not for me." Too religious? Too "dramatic" (whatever that means)? I'm not sure. I did not read her first book but picked up this on friend's recommendation and, frankly, because I couldn't believe what a tizzy Jennifer Weiner threw when THIS book was chosen by Oprah, not hers. Well, I was thoroughly impressed by Melton's, well done, Oprah!

Though I have little in common with the author other than be
Jul 22, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just realized I forgot to review this... That's partly because it's the kind of challenging and impactful book that is hard to condense down into a few words.

This book had a different tone from Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, where she shared her first journey of moving out of numbing addictions into full on facing both the good and bad of life. In Love Warrior: A Memoir, Glennon is caught up again in a heartbreaking situation. There is something wiser, more intensely honest, and mo
Sep 14, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-autobio
Update: I was an early reader of this book and back in December 2015 said it could easily be an Oprah choice, and this morning it was announced it was indeed Oprah's next book club choice.

Also, Glennon report on her blog that she and her husband have separated, which is very sad.

What struck me most about the memoir was her courage, candor, and honesty in relating the most intimate details of her life and marriage. Definitely a winner for women's book grou
Apr 16, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exactly the book I needed to read this month. Raw, open, glowing, and the first honest "self-help" type book I've read since Augusten Burrowes's.

On a critical level, the dialogue all felt fake, Kent to convey the author's ideas rather than relate a real conversation that happened, and this took me out of the book somewhat, so that's why I'm stopping short of 5 stars - I wish she would've invented dialogue if necessary and kept those passages outside the quotation marks. Other than that, a truly
Sep 18, 2016 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Self indulgent and long winded memoir of a "mom" blogger. I'm sad I cannot get the time back I spent reading this book. A true disappointed.
Sep 28, 2016 Brittany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, dnf, arc
Thank you to Goodsread/author for sending me a review of this book. So I've had quite a few problems with this book, but mostly just with the main character. She was very whiny to me. She complained about her life a lot and I'm just asking what for? She wants to feel pretty, smart, accepted, etc. But why? We are almost never told why. The only thing we're given is when she was a little girl she was bigger and ate junk food. She wanted to lose weight so she became bulimic. But she was trying to b ...more
Erin Beall
Sep 08, 2016 Erin Beall rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Courageous, raw, graceful, and all the more important if you know what happened after it went to print.

Readers of Carry On, Warrior will be pleasantly surprised to find the same tone of charming, take-no-prisoners honesty. Avid Momastery readers will be glad to find echoes of her humor without the fluff-- there is no "brutiful" here, no cloying capital-S, proper noun "Sister" worship. This is honesty from the gut, from the bones, from the part of you where God (and your most scared self
Jun 21, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reading copy of Love Warrior. From the moment I opened it, I could not put it down. I think I held my breath for the entire first half of the book.

Glennon often talks about being the canary, but she has now done the work of the coal miner. She has suited up and journeyed deep down underground into the secret and dangerous and faraway places. And this time she brought her microphone and her notepad and lots and lots of light and a whole gang of us with her. She has gone und
Sian Lile-Pastore
Oct 12, 2016 Sian Lile-Pastore rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
In the main I enjoyed this - I love a good 'deep truth' memoir! I love stuff that is scarily honest and open, about women getting through stuff and getting stronger. And after all the bulimia, alcoholism, affairs etc etc, wanna know what the answer is?
it's yoga! of course!! (and god too!)
Glennon says some interesting stuff about how women becoming disconnected from their bodies and how yoga helped her heal that connection between body and mind.
My thing is, is that I never really related to Gl
Biographies/memoirs where women lay their life out there, telling all the gritty details, seems to be a popular thing now. I do applaud these women for being willing to share and expose themselves, warts and all, good and bad, this is me, take it or leave it. Another book I recently read along these lines was Sex Object: A Memoir.

I enjoyed Glennon's story and journey to finding herself after her husband admitted his infidelity to her. I did not know who Glennon Doyle Melton was before reading t
Ok, I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the head cold (and cold medicine) I've been nursing while I read this book. Maybe it's a lack of experiential empathy to what she's going through (not having dealt with a spouse's infidelity). Maybe it's Maybelline. I don't know. But I just didn't love this one the way I loved Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed. Part of it felt a little incomplete - I felt like there were parts missing from telling Craig's side of the story (and it feels unfair of ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And then Glennon Doyle Melton does it again! This book is another invitation for people to join and witness her powerful and personal journey. What's most incredible as I read this book was witnessing the clarity and strength from the author, Glennon, even through her pain. And her humor and wit are still there, weaved into this truth-telling memoir. I don't know how she does it but I feel honored to have read her words. Authors who share their words but make a true connection with the reader ar ...more
Meghan Pinson
Jun 01, 2016 Meghan Pinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very touching. Too much God/Jesus for me towards the end, which took the wind out of this review, but I stayed up late to finish it and cried several times, so it's a keeper.
Oct 15, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
I don't know if this is a 3 or a 4 star for me. I will give it 4 because it was entertaining and I cruised through it quickly. More thoughts to come.

I can't possibly explain how much I love this book. I was totally unprepared for how much it touched me. I shed several tears. I've not walked the same journey or had some of the same problems as the author, but so much of the process and feeling is universal to whatever issues each of us has. Anyone who has ever struggled with life or felt lacking, this is for you. It's open and nonjudgemental. The author puts all of her shortcomings out there. I found it so refreshing, and
Laurie Cybulski
Love Warrior is a very visceral read. If you've ever had issues in your marriage, and who hasn't, you may be able to see them in this book. There were pieces of Glennon's struggle that I identified with. There were parts that were uncomfortable to read.

What I missed overall in this book was her sense of humor. I know that infidelity and the process of becoming or un-becoming, as she calls it, it serious, weighty stuff, but I missed the humor she carries with her in her blog writings and Carry O
Jun 16, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reading copy of Love Warrior and couldn’t wait to crack it open, mostly because I love Glennon’s writing but also because I couldn’t imagine what more she had to share after “Carry On, Warrior.” I just finished reading Carry On, Warrior, or rather, finished listening to it on tape. Glennon reads her own work so it felt like I spent 8+ hours with her telling me her personal stories, fuck ups and revelations. Loved it. While that book felt like snippets and stand alone stori ...more
Jenn Burt
Sep 08, 2016 Jenn Burt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. This book is raw and truthful and, at times, shocking. I haven't really had to deal with many of these particular issues in my life (thankfully!), but I find Glennon's writing style compelling and interesting. I took several very important things from this book and I'm happy that I read it.

That said, about 3/4 of the way through things take a very religious turn. I'm sure that will be a selling point for many people, but for me it turned a 5 star book into a 3.5 s
Sep 08, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People think I'm exaggerating when I say Carry On, Warrior changed my life. Glennon's story was powerful yes, but her writing is what did me in - she is real, and raw, and vulnerable, and even though I had no experiences similar to hers I was able to relate; that's the sign of an incredible writer.

I was really anticipating Love Warrior for exactly this reason and it did not disappoint. I tore through it in less than a weekend, I flagged so many passages (I almost used up a whole package of post-
Jul 20, 2016 Deidra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't remember the last time I read a book from cover-to-cover in one day. This one is absolutely captivating. Love Warrior is a memoir of marriage. Tender, gritty, emotional, boldly honest, and stunningly beautiful. It's an exploration and revelation of the gift we give the world when we finally love ourselves, exactly as God created us. ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wildly disappointing, perhaps my expectations were too high and I am not the target market. Memoir seemed disjointed, self-absorbed and too self-congratulatory.
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
I never followed Glennon Doyle Melton's blog, but I saw some of my friends and relatives raving about her writing and speaking events, so that is why I picked up her first book, Carry On, Warrior last year. I loved her first book, Carry On, Warrior, so when she announced she was releasing a second book, Love Warrior, I was really excited. I'm very particular about the type of memoirs I read and it's not a genre that I frequently read, but I loved her first book so much, I pre-ordered Love Warrio ...more
Sep 16, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This was an insightful memoir summed up with one of Melton's quotes: "But the paradox of pain is that it is only universal in retrospect. In the present, it is fiercely personal."

See, she was an addict, a bulimic, and a lonely lonely girl turned teen turned twenty something and probably still deals with aloneness. Because despite her not having a bad childhood with parents to blame for one thing or another she has illustrated that we are all flawed and alone and hurting at times. Some people
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Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Carry On, Warrior, and the forthcoming memoir Love Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions of people each week, and the creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world.

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“Grief is love's souvenir. It's our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world: Look! Love was once mine. I love well. Here is my proof that I paid the price.” 61 likes
“You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it's hard. Not because you're doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don't avoid the pain. You need it. It's meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you wtih the fuel you'll burn to get your work done on this earth.” 42 likes
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