AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS,  autobiography/memoir,  self help

REVIEW: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Title: Untamed
Author: Glennon Doyle
Type: Non Fiction
Published: 2020.
Pages: 352
Publisher: The Dial Press

“Every life is an unprecedented experiment. This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been. There is no map. We are all pioneers.”

I picked Untamed as a part of #nonfictionnovember as well as the first book of the #readalong_club buddy reads for this month cause it seemed like a really great read and discussion material. I read way too little of non fiction and that is something I would really like to change. The reviews I have read gave her either high praises or tore her down to pieces. My opinion is definitely somewhere in between these ends. ⠀

There were parts of it I really liked. Maybe because I am also slowly approaching the big 4 – 0 mark and I have to be honest, things do change when you’re at that place. Perspectives shift, and it kinda makes you look at your life differently. You look at your past and value it for the way it made you as a person, but you look at your future and more than ever think what you will do with it. You still think about your children and your family, but somehow, it becomes the time to reach inside and put yourself on the center of the stage again. Because, motherhood is hard. Marriage is hard. It’s so easy to get lost in all of the roles that you loose that connection to your true self. And at some point you have to stop and wonder: What will make ME happy? What will make ME complete? From that point of view, I did agree with her a lot. I loved her honesty and her strength, her courage to follow her heart and her dreams.

I did find it a bit inconsistent, though. So many topics were discussed here that it was easy to get lost. One chapter was about her parenting struggles, the other one about issues with religion and faith, the third about meeting her wife and the fourth about racism. Maybe it would be better if there were some dividers by topics, it wouldn’t feel so all over the place. There was some repetitiveness and all the parts about reaching your inner voice and Knowing were a bit too much for me personally. But I liked the way she questioned herself all the time and searched for a way to be a better person, better parent, better partner. I loved the way she talked about racism from a white person’s pov (I do wonder whether this book was the right place to talk about that, though),and her confusion of believing in God and confronting the Church as a lesbian. Some thought she was condescending and patronizing, and that it’s not her place as a white privileged woman to talk about any of that stuff at all. But I did think she made some good points and discussed the topics with respect and honesty., finding a good way to start the dialogue.

All in all, I found this to be a good read. Not amazing and life altering, but not completely off the way too. I honor the author for saying everything out loud, for trying to do something to make a change in this world and using her platforms and her influence to do so. On the other hand, she is just a tad too spiritual and ”over there” for me, and I have to admit it annoyed me a little. 

MY GR RATING: 3.5 stars

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