Throwback Thursday: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton


Release date: September 6, 2016

Publisher: Macmillan

Genre: Memoir


The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton 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, fall in love.

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, authentic life.


I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk . She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!

I usually don’t read much non fiction, but if I am in the mood, I tend to gravitate towards memoirs, there is something about someones personal story that is fascinating to me, especially when it’s just an average person sharing their life experiences.

One must be honest when they’re sharing the story of their life, this isn’t fiction where you can invent situations and experiences to suit whatever type of theme you’re striving for and the author was brutally honest as she detailed her struggles with bulimia, alcoholism and her marriage. This was such a raw look at one woman’s life, she allowed herself to be extremely vulnerable in order to share deep parts of her with the world, I so admire her bravery. She doesn’t apologize for the mistakes that she made, she doesn’t feel ashamed to just be who she truly is, but she reveals the painful steps she had to take in order to become her true self and it was beautiful to witness.

I found Doyle Melton to be sharply insightful and wise beyond her years, yes parts of this book were dark but I was so inspired as a woman by the nuggets of wisdom she shared. It was an intimate look at her life and her marriage which is rife with problems and beyond messy, but it was real, honest and heartfelt. If you enjoy memoirs, give this a try. Would also be good for anyone in the midst of a divorce or contemplating one.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

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