I heard of Glennon Doyle in 2017 while aboard the Oprah cruise (a very strange sentence), in which Glennon was one of the many speakers that week who talked about themselves and their work while we floated out in the sea from one town in Alaska to the next. I didn’t know anything about Glennon before hearing her speak and searched her name on my phone and learned that she was an author, speaker, and blogger, and that she was married to soccer player Abby Wambach. Glennon’s talk focused on her books she had written so far, Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior, and some of the general life lessons she had learned, although she didn’t focus too much on her own personal relationships. I read through her previous New York Times bestseller, Love Warrior, where she discusses her first marriage to her ex-husband, and I realized there was a missing story or two between the end of the book she was promoting on that cruise, to the life she was now living.
I had been waiting, and hoping, ever since I learned of her work, that she would release another book, and on my birthday last week she released Untamed. As a birthday present to myself I immediately went out and bought the book. Untamed is a peak into Glennon’s inner monologue as the last few years unfolded following the release of Love Warrior. The book is written in short essays, and time jumps around from pre-divorce, to different relationship milestones wit Abby, to different moments with her children. I had to slow myself down as I was reading through the book almost too fast. I didn’t want it to end right away, although I was itching to get through to the last page. Glennon writes as if she is a motivational speaker, dropping wisdom I really needed to learn and I found myself nodding along in agreement through each page. At a time when everyone is grappling and mostly stuck at home, Untamed is a really encouraging read.