Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

Hardcover | April 2, 2013

byGlennon Doyle Melton

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Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty.

For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing herself to living out loud and giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Her hilarious and poignant observations have been read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, and have now inspired a social movement. In Carry On, Warrior, Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Momastery.com. Her mistakes and triumphs demonstrate that love wins and that together we can do hard things. Melton is a courageous truth-teller and hopespreader, a wise and witty friend who emboldens us to believe in ourselves and reminds us that the journey is the reward. Carry On, Warrior proves that by shedding our weapons and armor, we can stop hiding, competing, and striving for the mirage of perfection, to build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.

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Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty.For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781451697247

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Collection of Anecdotes & Lessons ** I'd've given this book 3.5 stars if I could've. ** Not everyone believes or even understands in the power of blogging. Indeed, Melton’s blog, www.momastery.com, has been the subject of so much speculation and derision that one might wonder why she bothers to write at all. But in the same way that shopping, reading, and drinking coffee can have manifold healing powers, so, too, does writing hold restorative properties. And the remarkable thing is this: As Melton heals herself by sharing her stories, she simultaneously engenders hope in her thousands of loyal followers. Carry On, Warrior is a well-thought-out, candid manifesto of one way to get through the vicissitudes of daily life. Melton’s winning combination of brutal honesty and charming humour will leave readers feeling like they’ve made a life-long friend in Melton whose ruminations remind us of our inherent ability to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and carry on. I dare anyone to get through the chapter “It Will Be Beautiful” with a dry eye. Story & Pacing: 8 Each chapter is short and devoted to one aspect of motherhood, womanhood, or general human-hood. As such, the pacing is excellent. While I suggest reading the chapters in the order they were written, it would be just as effective to read (or re-read) whichever particular nugget interests the reader. While I found that a few of the chapters were too short to have left an impact on me, there are enough humorous anecdotes and life lessons to balance out the less inspiring ones. Characters: 7 Written from a first-person point of view and revolving almost exclusively around her family, Melton’s characters are charming and related. During the lifespan of the events in the book, Craig, her husband, seems especially interesting and unfailingly kind. He truly is the type of person content to stay in the background but whose enormous influence radiates from Melton. I would have liked to have read more of his background as well as Melton’s, herself, to understand how their upbringings informed their later selves. Setting: 6 Her stories are set in the towns and cities in which she resides. From the novel, readers learn that the Meltons live in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, area. It would have been nice to see a map and/or to have known more identifiable information of where they lived, especially since I am not very familiar with the VA region. She mentions that she has moved six times in eight years, but again, not much information is given regarding those residences. Considering that she spent six beautiful months with the bay just beyond her backyard, it would have been nice to have been able to imagine that tranquil scenery for myself. Style & Writing: 7 Melton’s writing style is easy to understand and appreciate. Her personality shines through on every page, clearly demonstrated in her liberal use of capital letters and bolded words. My ARC contained a few typographical errors, which I hope the publisher will have corrected by the time of final printing, but none that are too irksome as to affect the meat of her work. Learnability & Teachability: 7 This book is not the kind from which you learn through themes, motifs, and tropes. However, there is a plethora of information here that offers valuable lessons on what it means and takes to be a good person. At the very least, readers can come away feeling better that someone else has experienced the same feelings and scenarios as they have. POTENTIAL TEACHABLES How to cope with: unplanned pregnancies, alcoholism, drugs, bulimia, money, friends, stay-at-home parenting, growing with one’s spouse, adoption, writing, sharing, and so much more.
Date published: 2013-02-14

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“Every once in a while, a writer turns up who is just that special. This is definitely the case with Glennon Doyle Melton. She’s a hit because everything she writes runs deep and true–and makes us laugh. Glennon’s like your favorite girlfriend: game to talk about anything, unafraid to take chances, and refreshingly honest about her past and present struggles.”