I’m going to admit this – I intentionally don’t do reviews. I absolutely hate being critical of someone’s writing. It’s hard to be that vulnerable and put your work – and by extension, yourself – out there. It’s brave and powerful and while I can see the need for critics in the world, I really don’t want to be one of them.
However, today, I’m going to break my own rule. Because I have to. I would feel like I’m failing all of my Mommy readers if I don’t pass it on.
I’m absolutely in-love with Glennon Doyle Melton’s April 2 release “Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed.” As a Mom, you need to read it. As a woman, you need to read it. As a Christian, you need to read it. Heck, even if you aren’t any of these things, you need to read it.
Glennon is a Mom Blogger turned author, known for her website, the Momastery where she teaches love, acceptance, and honesty, mixed with a lot of humor and reminders that we all need each other.
I will admit that I have been a Glennon follower for quite some time now. I’m not much “into” blogs to be honest. I really can’t get into the dirt of strangers’ personal lives any more than I can deal with soap operas. Yet, it took me all of five minutes on her website to fall in love. With Glennon, honesty isn’t about attention or fame, it’s about authenticity and getting rid of that armor we put on ourselves so we can get into the nitty-gritty “real” of each other and love one another better. It’s bold and refreshing.
“Carry on Warrior” carries the same message and even pulls in a few of the old favorites from Glennon’s blog, including the famed “Don’t Carpe-Diem” which was what first won me over, a breath-of-fresh-air response to the well meaning folks who tell us Mamas to “cherish every moment because it goes by so fast.” Instead, she offers a much more realistic charge to "carpe kairos," or seize the moments you can, appreciating them, and being okay with the fact that not every moment is going to be this type of starry-eyed “I’m so happy to be a Mom” moment.
And if I had to summarize the “Glennon way” that might be it: being authentic with ourselves and each other. No competitions. No comparisons. Just love, support, and honesty.
Mixed among the old stories are some new ones and a brutally reflection of Glennon’s struggles of the past and present, overcoming unhealthy choices and addiction and later marital struggles, stories that were probably hard to put out in the world. As a girl who can relate quite a bit of Glennon’s story, my heart broke with hers all over again. To see how far someone has come is a powerful thing. It’s inspiring and hopeful for any of us who have ever made mistakes or struggled (by which I mean all of us).
There’s laughter, as she describes the trials and humor in the everyday world of a modern marriage and family. There’s faith, a very unique and honest Christian perspective filled with hope and simplicity. There’s grace, vulnerability, and admitting imperfection, but more importantly, being thankful for a God who accepts us all anyway. And then there’s love, the common thread that runs through everything, in her book and according to her – everywhere else as well.
Glennon gets love. You can debate her theology or her occasional use of cuss words (and many have), but you can’t argue that the woman doesn’t understand what it means to love out loud. From her blog and her famed “love flash mobs” that have raised thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars in very small increments to show love to fellow women, to her personal examples that show that love does not just exist in the big and sweeping things but in the every day, in every person, Glennon doesn’t just preach love, but she lives it. Her conclusion (and mine): love wins. And speaking of love, you are going to love this book.
Glennon Doyle Melton’s “Carry On Warrior” is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend to share stories, laughter, and tears, mixed with a whole lot of “me too!”s and “I thought I was the only one.” You leave refreshed, renewed, and reminded that we aren’t alone in this. Not even a little.
It isn’t the kind of book you put down and say “oh, that was good.” It’s the kind of book you put down, then go to the store and buy three more copies because you know you are going to run into someone who needs them.
THAT is the Glennon way. Enjoy, my warrior sisters.
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