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Love Warrior

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  58,865 ratings  ·  5,566 reviews
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club 2016 Selection

A memoir of marriage and self-discovery by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are all born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
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Maria Buscemi OMG YES. This book is good for everyone who exists and feels pain and love and confusion.
Tracy K I don't think you have to read them in order. I believe the first book is more in an essay fashion. And possibly some of her blogs.…moreI don't think you have to read them in order. I believe the first book is more in an essay fashion. And possibly some of her blogs.(less)

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Jul 29, 2016 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
Jul 11, 2016 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.
May 16, 2016 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. ...more
Sep 18, 2016 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. ...more
Sep 09, 2016 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. ...more
Elyse  Walters
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing by the author- Glennon Doyle Melton

The only thing I knew about this book when I saw that my library Overdrive had it readily available on my iPhone app, was that I had VISUALLY seen this book everywhere. Weather or not I knew it was an Oprah pick - honestly- it didn’t register one way or another. This book wasn’t particularly on my radar. I might have marked it to read - but forgotten about it as fast as I marked it. I remember finding the book cover eye-catching cool looking.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, memoir, anorexia
3.5 Stars - not rounded up

I may be in the minority on this one, but I had no idea who Glennon Doyle Melton was, I never heard of her first book, and I’ve never read her blog.

As a young girl, she had body-image issues, the daughter of a practically perfect in every way mother, and spent most of her pre-teen years and beyond trying to attain her idea of a perfect body through anorexia and bulimia. As her friends become sexually intimate with their boyfriends, she does, as well, although she begin
Jul 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, own, arc
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Jun 12, 2016 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
Sep 19, 2016 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
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a powerful memoir of addiction and healing that I read it twice.

I admit I didn't know who Glennon Doyle Melton was when I decided to read this book. A friend had said she liked her blog (called Momastery) and was excited about her new book, so I grabbed a copy for a buddy read.

Glennon is so open and honest about her struggles with alcoholism and bulimia that you feel like her new best friend, and wow, are we having a heavy talk today. Love Warrior opens with her wedding to a man n
This book was just what I needed to hear and read right now. The last hour of the book I was crying. Where to start with the powerful map to deeply loving yourself.

Who is Glennon? Before this book I didn't have a clue and after this book I think of her as a real person bringing real truth to the world. She has issues with her body growing up that causes her to lose faith and trust in her body. She tries to follow all the rules she think exist and she acts out who she wants to be.

This book is a
Jun 07, 2016 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.
Sep 15, 2016 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
Sep 12, 2016 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.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I need to step back for more than my usual minute on this one. My initial thoughts upon finishing, which will be formed with other thoughts into a likely brief but cohesive review:

A Kindergartener has neither the attention span nor the interest to listen to that detailed diatribe about what sexy is, what we are being tricked into thinking it is, how it is being sold to us, what it really is.

Maybe I shouldn't have listened to this on the heels of Hillbilly Elegy.

One person's whiny is another pers
3.5 stars

I didn’t expect to finish this book so fast. I’m not a fan of memoirs or autobiographies but this was great! I would not have picked this book up if it wasn’t for my book club. Shout out to my book club for broadening my horizon! I’m so glad they choose this one for the month. This book was raw, beautiful and powerful. It’s incredibly deep in many areas of life; trying to be your authentic self, learning how to communicate in an honest way to escaping into substance abuse, bulimia or me
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hello all. I finished this book about a week ago and am seriously struggling with how I feel about it, and how to write my thoughts about it... It is a Memoir of Glennon's life.

Why did I read it? I read it for two reasons - that kind of get mixed into one... My sister and I decided to do a Story Telling course with Brene Brown, and this is the book that goes with the course. And then Oprah named it her book of the month. So Killian said, let's go for it. So we did.

Bottom line: Readability - pret
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just, no. I'm struggling to find something I liked about this book but I can't. I forced myself through it thinking it would eventually get better. ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I didn't expect to finish this book in 6 hours. I didn't expect to cry through it. After hearing the author speak in Chicago, I didn't expect to see myself in this book. I did all of these things. This book is as honest and real as you could hope for. I wish this book was out now so that I could buy copies for both my daughters, my sister, and all my nieces. Everyone I know well can identify with parts of Glennon's journey. Her description of grace in terms of her marriage is revealing, and ever ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
review to come. Just know that this book came along at the right time, which is why I gobbled it up.

Our daughter is struggling at the moment and as a mother I want to love her and try to understand her but at the same time to be honest it is hard work and I live between guilt because I should have done better as a mum and worry about if she is going to be ok. She is 23 next week and still lives with us so we know she is safe. We are at some stage going to all be in councilling together.

So this b
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
This came across as self indulgent and whiny to me. I often wondered how she remembered all these detailed conversations and events given that she says several times that she didn't write during this period, so i kept feeling like her recollections were perhaps disingenuous and crafted for the book. I'm surprised I even finished the book--if I hadn't been waiting for something new from the library and I wasn't trapped feeding a newborn for long stretches of time, I probably wouldn't have. ...more
Laurie Anderson
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I mostly loved this, but am uncomfortable that she wrote it when her kids were too young to consent to their inclusion. Am still pondering and struggling with this - would love to hear your thoughts.

Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't even know how to feel about this book. I didn't know anything about the author going in and I found the first half of the book very compelling & I identified with a lot of the author's feelings even though I haven't personally experienced most of the trauma she has. The second half of the book unexpectedly turned into what felt like an infomercial for God, which is fine, and I'm glad if that's what ultimately led to the author's healing, it's just not at all what I was expecting. I'm not ...more
Shirley Conley
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is like reading a person’s personal journal. I find that I do not like reading a person’s personal journal. I did not find it to be realistic or believable. And full of “I’s like this review.
Jun 12, 2016 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
Apr 03, 2016 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
I loved this book. Loved. Loved. I will agree that this book is not for everyone, but this author spoke my language.

I discovered her this past week when I read my first book by her, titled Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed. That one was so entertaining, that I wanted to read more. So I got this one. I was a little disappointed when it started because it wasn't a humorous look into her life, but it was serious....a really, really serious hard look at her life and her life's decisions.
Justin Tate
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I usually get bored with memoirs, but this was so real and raw that I couldn't put it down. A masterpiece of discovering the truth about yourself, whatever that truth is to you. Her story is not universal and there were plenty of times where I found it hard to relate, but we can all relate to the struggle and learn from her journey. A must-read in my opinion. ...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 “patron saint of female empowerment” (People), Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women-led nonprofit organization that has revo ...more

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