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Glennon Doyle

Stop Pleasing, Start Living

3.8 (182 ratings)
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Untamed by Glennon Doyle is an inspiring memoir that encourages women to break free from societal expectations and embrace their authentic selves.
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    What's in it for me? Become inspired to free yourself and live life on your own terms. 

    Have you ever felt encaged by your own life? Like you've built a life designed to please other people and neglected your own desires? Glennon Doyle was very familiar with that feeling. Dead-set on becoming the perfect mother, partner, Christian, and writer, she'd completely forgotten to ask herself, “Is this really what I want?”

    When she fell madly in love with another woman, Doyle was forced to unlearn everything she'd been programmed to believe about living a good life and start listening to her intuition instead. That intuition helped her build a new life full of love, family, inspiring work, and activism – a life that, for the first time, truly fit with who she was.

    These blinks detail just how she did it and will empower you to hold a mirror up to your own life, allowing you to identify places where you don’t feel fully free. They’ll also give you some inspiring strategies for becoming untamed, embracing your desires, and designing the wildest and most fulfilling life you can imagine. 

    In these blinks, you’ll discover

    • why embracing her sexuality brought Glennon Doyle closer to God;
    • how she was able to start detoxing from her racist beliefs; and
    • why getting pregnant saved her life.
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    What is Untamed about?

    Untamed (2020) is a story of unexpected love. In it, Glennon Doyle reveals how falling in love with Abby Wambach completely derailed all her plans for her life – but allowed her to become fully herself. Doyle had spent her life repressing her true spirit, trying to please other people, and be the perfect wife and mother. But, eventually, she learned to tune into her deepest desires and start building a life around who she truly is.

    Untamed Review

    Untamed (2020) is a powerful call to self-discovery and personal growth. This memoir stands out for its:
    • Raw and honest account of the author's journey to self-acceptance and empowerment.
    • Exploration of universal themes such as love, relationships, and societal expectations.
    • Encouragement for readers to challenge norms and live authentically.
    Embrace your true self and find inspiration in Glennon Doyle's compelling story with Untamed.

    Best quote from Untamed

    If you are uncomfortable – in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused – you dont have a problem, you have a life. 

    —Glennon Doyle
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    Who should read Untamed?

    • Restless women who suspect their lives are smaller than their ambitions
    • Romantics who can’t resist a story about sparks at first sight
    • Spiritual seekers interested in a social-justice-centered approach to Christianity

    About the Author

    Glennon Doyle is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. She is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an entirely women-led nonprofit organization that has raised over $20 million to support women, families, and children in crisis. Doyle is a tireless activist and has created a thriving online community through her Momastery blog and social media channels. 

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    Untamed FAQs 

    What is the main message of Untamed?

    The main message of Untamed is to embrace authenticity and break free from societal expectations.

    How long does it take to read Untamed?

    Reading Untamed typically takes around 7 hours, while the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is Untamed a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Untamed is a powerful and inspiring memoir that encourages readers to embrace their true selves.

    Who is the author of Untamed?

    The author of Untamed is Glennon Doyle.

    How many chapters are in Untamed?

    There are 58 chapters in Untamed by Glennon Doyle. The chapters are not titled but are organized in short, thematic sections.

    How many pages are in Untamed?

    There are 352 pages in Untamed.

    When was Untamed published?

    Untamed was published in 2020.

    What to read after Untamed?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Untamed, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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