Love Warrior (Oprah's Book Club): A Memoir

by Glennon Doyle

Other authorsGlennon Doyle (Reader)
Hardcover, 2016

Status

Available

Publication

Flatiron Books (2016), Edition: Hardcover, 272 pages

Description

Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML: #1 New York Times Bestseller | Oprah's Bookclub 2016 Selection "Riveting...a worthy investment...this book has real wisdom." ‚??New York Times Book Review "Provocative....I adore her honesty, her vulnerability, and her no-nonsense wisdom, and I know you will, too." ‚??Oprah Winfrey The highly anticipated memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle, Love Warrior 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 Times bestseller list‚??her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life. Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another‚??and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they've been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, commit to living true‚??true to themselves and to each other. Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are 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 speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, au… (more)

Rating

½ (159 ratings; 3.8)

User reviews

LibraryThing member dawnlovesbooks
I hate to say that I was a little disappointed with this book and I hate to say that because anything Oprah recommends I read and love! This was just a little overkill with too much mush and everything was overly glamourized and exaggerated until I just couldn't stomach it anymore.

I did enjoy the
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first half of the book where the author battles with bulmia and then a drinking problem. Then she gets pregnant. Then she gets married. "We have become a family. But becoming a family has not made me unlonely." "We are all hurting. And we think we are alone. At our cores, we are our tender selves peeking out a world of shiny representatives, so shame has been layered on top of our pain. We're suffocating underneath all the layers."

If you like mushy books then you will love this one!!
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LibraryThing member pegmcdaniel
This memoir was on the Best Seller List. I had no idea who Glennon Doyle Melton was and didn't know what to expect but I did know this book was a pick on Oprah's Book Club. This is extremely hard for me to review. I just don't know what rating it is worth. To me, it was a very depressing book (a
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real "downer" at times) reading about Ms. Melton's problems and the way she dealt with them. She wrote about her lifelong personal struggles and revealed the most personal details of her life and marriage. She made lots of bad decisions; on the other hand, she was also a victim at times.

Ms. Melton certainly has a way with words and is a talented writer. I have not read her first book nor do I read her blog, Momastery. I am sure that people who have had the type of dilemmas the author has dealt with will find this book helpful. However, I find that I do not have much in common with her except that I am a Christian, wife and mother. While I have had problems in my life and, even though they differ from hers, we both have used our faith to help us through the difficult times.

SPOILER: While this memoir had a happy ending, I recently learned there was a different outcome after the book was published. That made me feel even sadder and more confused. This has not affected the rating I have given the book.
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LibraryThing member wagner.sarah35
Wow, it's rare to encounter such an honest book. Glennon Doyle doesn't hold much back as she discusses her life and marriage in this book. She boldly faces the mistakes and joy of life, detailing how an unplanned pregnancy led to her marriage and the struggle of trying to make this marriage work
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despite not fully knowing her partner. I also appreciated her discussion of faith and her battle to try to find a church that resonated with her faith and didn't force her into a role she had no interest in fulfilling. If you're looking for a honest and powerful memoir, this is the book for you.
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LibraryThing member rbartholomew
I struggle to appreciate this book. I love a transcendence story. Authentic transcendence stories stay with me and inspire me. Doyle's memoir is authentic. Some of her writing is beautiful, moving. On the other hand, the tell-all, brazen honesty, militant openness, confessional genre can be too
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much for me. In the age of the internet, the social network, the ubiquitous cell phone, the line between public and private is blurred. The exhibitionist/voyeur tango is now ever-present. As a reader, I'm not certain where the transcendence story ends & the voyeurism begins.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
This book was written by the niece of one of my employees, which is how I heard about it. I wish I could rank it higher for that reason alone. I admire the author and her husband for working through the many issues that accompany infidelity and marriage. I even admire some of the lessons the author
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learned and shares with us. What I don't admire (at times) are the method that she used to get there.
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LibraryThing member amillion
To me this is a typical Oprah book... I swore I was done with them years ago, but a book group I'm considering was reading it. It has all of the awful woman's life traits (bulimia, drugs, loveless sex, unplanned pregnancy leading to ill-advised marriage, porn, cheating, hypocritical religious
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community) following by the discovery of yoga, breathing, and God... magically all is better. Seemed self-indulgent and TMI about her sex life.

There are a few self-help revelations that, likely, all women can relate to.. but that just makes it seem more pop cliche.
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LibraryThing member zarasecker18
I first came across this author on an Oprah's Book Club video. She expounded it's virtues very enthusiastically and being the sucker for autobiographies that I am I decided I wanted a copy for myself. I was very intrigued by what was being said about not only the book, but also it's author. I had
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never heard of this author before this so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that she had also written another book before this one.

The beginning of the book (prelude) is short and very interesting and caused me to want to keep reading. Her writing is easy to read and follow seemingly conversationalist. You are only given bits and pieces but they are essential to the overall story. It's like we are having a jigsaw puzzle assembled in front of our very eyes.

The beginning has us with Glennon when she was married with children. Then she quickly back tracks to essentially where it all began. This threw me initially as I was all set to read this book like I read all other biographies and autobiographies, just like any other book, from beginning to end. This book however, required, perhaps demanded, its readers' to go along on a journey with Glennon, and what a journey it turns out to be.

This book immediately impresses me with the raw honesty of Glennon's emotions. She draws the reader into her story through her use of words. She doesn't hold back how she felt about her life and learning to understand herself and her life. When the story she was telling required her to show anger, disappointment or even fear that all came across in what she said. There were times when I was taken aback by the sheer force of her honesty, yet this honesty is what ultimately helped her in her journey.

I felt honoured that she should trust me, the reader, with such intimate details of her life when she really didn't have to. However, this honesty is what set this book apart from other autobiographies that I've read in the past. I would like to say thank you Glennon for entrusting me with your story. I feel very honoured.
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LibraryThing member KimMeyer
4.5 stars.

A girl struggles with alcoholism, bulimia, and a desperate desire for connection. Her life turns around after she becomes pregnant and decides this shall be her saving grace. Being a wife and a mother is something she can do well. So what happens when, ten years into this new life, her
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husband admits he's had a series of one night stands throughout their marriage?

Glennon Doyle Melton's writing is raw and vulnerable. The affair of course is not simply an affair. It's a symptom of the problems within their marriage and the struggles both of them have faced that make it difficult for them to authentically connect.

Love Warrior is about the search for self. It's about honesty and personal growth and getting to know your desires and share the unfiltered version of yourself. It's about how to do these things alongside another person and how to reconcile individual changes within the union of marriage.

And it's SO good.
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LibraryThing member NanetteLS
I'm really torn about this book. In some ways, I admired her journey of self-discovery. But often I wanted to tell her to stop whining and just get on with it. And I feel really sorry for her husband whose worst problems were exposed to the reading public as part of his wife's self-discovery. I
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hope he signed a waiver or got a percent of royalties for allowing his darkest secrets to be portrayed in a negative light. There were several spots I wanted more detail - so she stopped years of drinking and bulimia when she discovered she was pregnant; surely it couldn't have been all that easy. She learned to accept her husband's years of infidelity through therapy, yoga, and attending a church (I'm assuming UCC by the descriptions). Because of her wealth, familial support, and overall security, she had opportunities most women in abusive or troubled relationships don't have. I wonder if she ever realized how lucky she truly was.
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LibraryThing member clp412
This book isn't for me. I read it for my book club, but I can't relate to her poor choices and negativity. I know many women have a lack of confidence, but to the woman that do, I just don't understand it. She did have some things that I understood, but overall this book was one person sharing
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their life story and has become famous in the process. At least she raises money for others....right?
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LibraryThing member ms_rowse
At times hard to read, because Glennon Doyle is so open about the external forces that enabled her addictions. A worthwhile read for those looking at how to crawl back from rock bottom.
LibraryThing member bangerlm
This was a book club and I got through half of it. Glennon Doyle Melton is a great writer, but at this moment in time I need books with tidy endings and not overly heart wrenching. Maybe I'll pick this back up at a later time.

Awards

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 (2016-09 — 2016)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2016-09-06

Physical description

272 p.; 5.84 inches

ISBN

1250128544 / 9781250128546
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