Glennon Doyle's Untamed

Untamed. Image: Ryan McEachern/Penguin

Ever read a book so good it changed your life? Adele has. 

The Grammy-winning, chart-topping, Oscar-toting star from Tottenham recently effused to her 38.5 million followers about the impact that Glennon Doyle's book had on her through her Instagram account

"This book will shake your brain and make your soul scream," Adele posted in the caption of an image of the cover of Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living. "It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!

"Anyone who has any kind of capacity to truly let go and give into yourself with any kind of desire to hold on for dear life - Do it. Read it. Live it. Practice it. We are a lot! But we are meant to be a lot!"

It's sent Doyle's third book back into the headlines after its publication in March, when it debuted at number one in The New York Times' Bestseller list.

So what is it? Untamed is Doyle's third memoir (the previous two were similarly successful). The author, who is 43, first won a following through her Christian parenting blog, Momastery – now a thriving online community. But her subsequent confessionals about surviving infidelity, divorce and family life resonated considerably more widely and won her fans aorund the world. 

The first sentence of Untamed sets out a fairly good synopsis for the life events that unfurl the book: "Four years ago, married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” But it goes on to examine and deconstruct the impact of the patriarchy on being a woman, in what American magazine Bustle called: "a triumphant call for women's empowerment from a woman whose story revolves around seizing happiness for herself, at great risk and for greater reward."

Footnote:

Adele's position on the longstanding debate over whether it's OK to write in books appears to be clear – she urged her fans: "Read this book and have a highlighter on hand to make notes because you’ll want to refer back to it trust me!"

  • Untamed

  • 'This book will shake your brain and make your soul scream. I am so ready for myself after reading this book!' Adele

    'Untamed will liberate women - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

    Who were you before the world told you who to be?

    Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

    *****

    For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There. She. Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high but soon she realised they had come to her from within. This was the voice she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions and social conditioning. Glennon decided to let go of the world's expectations of her and reclaim her true untamed self.

    Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanising wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is also the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.

    Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, 'The braver we are, the luckier we get.'

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