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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Live Unarmed

Author: Glennon Doyle Melton
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Purchased

The Story

Carry On, WarriorFrom the cover flap of the book:

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 hope-spreader, 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 armour, we can stop hiding, competing, and striving for the mirage of perfection, to build better lives in our hearts, homes and communities.

The Response

Glennon was one of the panelists in a really great session about bullying at BlissDom Canada last year. This had been one of the highlights of the conference for me, so as soon as the session was over, I made a beeline to get a copy of her book.

Carry On, Warrior is part memoir and part collection of essays/blog posts that she has written for her blog, Momastery.com. I’m not a regular reader of Momastery, so all of the material was new to me… but if I had been a regular reader, I would have found it beneficial to know beforehand which material was new and which (and how much) had been recycled.

I love the voice that Glennon brings to her writing – she comes across as being completely genuine and like she would make such a wonderful friend. Everything was extremely well written and was able to communicate thoroughly everything that Glennon seemed to want to share with us – whether it was the story of how she and her husband met, to her (non-existent) vacuuming skills, to telling stories about her family. Each chapters is told with the humour that we all need in life in light of the struggles we go through.

One thing that I didn’t expect, and I’m sure I would have if I was more familiar with her website, was how steeped a lot of this was in Christianity. I was, in all honesty, extremely impressed that she was able to talk about her faith without being off-putting and alienating – and I think this had to do with how honest she was about the fact that she doesn’t blindly agree with everything that Christianity as a whole seems to believe a lot of the time. She was honest that she has some questions and some disagreements with Christianity. This was… refreshing, in all honesty.

I felt like there were two main themes that kept being returned to in this book – first, would be how human beings are in a constant stage of change. We see this through Glennon’s own recounting of how discovering that she seas pregnant was what caused her to become sober, as well as in how her family has moved a fair amount to find the right balance for themselves.

The other theme seems very much to be about the vulnerability that bloggers have – we put our heart and soul into our blogs, and one misinterpreted or nasty comment can send us reeling. Glennon is able to maintain that sincerity that is only present when one is allowing oneself to be vulnerable, and it makes all of her writing much more accessible.

The Bottom Line

Definitely glad I purchased this book at BlissDom last year. It was a great read, and I would highly recommend it.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:04 am August 20, 2014.
Category: Non-Fiction
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