Glennon Doyle's Book Untamed
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July 3, 2021

“Untamed” Book Review

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If you’re prepared to have the very sad truths of society’s mission of keeping you in a box, then you will not be disappointed Glennon Doyle’s newest book, Untamed.

In the summer months during Covid, I was getting a little restless. I knew I needed to change up my daily routine. I’m the type of person that will literally shut down if I consume too much outside information. I know people who can spend 9 hours a day on Instagram and TikTok and never be affected. Me on the other hand, I have a very small tank. Paying too close attention to what everyone else is saying and doing, takes my focus away from myself, my wants and needs.

So you can imagine my hesitation when I decided to start listening to podcasts again. I wanted to be very particular about who exactly I was listening to and what topics were being discussed. I came across a podcast interview. Brene Brown was interviewing her author friend Glennon Doyle. Honestly, I’d never heard of her… but I was intrigued.

The podcast interview convinced me that I needed to get my hands on a copy of that book (It’s called Untamed by the way). Glennon Doyle made a few references to her book and I’m not going to lie, I spent most of the interview crying my eyes out. They were speaking to my soul.

Fast forward to January, when I got an email from Overdrive letting me know I could finally check out Glennon Doyle’s book. I hesitated. I wasn’t ready and I waited days before sitting down and pressing play on the audiobook. Within minutes, I was in tears… again.

The book starts with a story about a Cheetah. One who is best friends with a Labrador Retriever, and does the same things as the Lab because she doesn’t know any different. That is until Glennon Doyle looks over and sees the Cheetah pacing the compound, you know, like a Cheetah and not like a dog. Pacing like a wild animal ready to break free from her cage and live the life  she feels deep in her soul she’s meant to live, instead of the one she’s living right now.

Sound familiar?

I’m literally not even doing this chapter justice, because even though I knew word for word what was going to be said in this chapter (Brene read it out loud on the podcast), it still had me in shambles.

Talking About Inherited Beliefs

Later in the book Glennon talks about inherited beliefs.

She uses the example of her wife Abby who will lay On the couch and watch tv. Glennon instantly gets agitated and starts tidying up and banging around in the kitchen (haven’t we all been here?).

She takes time to address her agitation over the Abby’s decision to rest. Glennon reminds us that we have the power to change things within us that we don’t like. The trigger wasn’t that Abbey was resting, it was that Glennon felt like she was unworthy or undeserving of rest.

She talks about these beliefs and how easy it can be to change them almost like it’s as simple as trading in or upgrading a car.

Address the belief
Do you want to keep it?
What do you want to replace it with?
Then decide

Although, one thing I can appreciate is she didn’t act as if you decide and it’s all butterflies and rainbows every day going forward. You will still get triggered, you will still have to assess and ask yourself why you’re agitated, then remind yourself that you’ve actually exchanged that belief for another one.

Another thing I really appreciated about this book was Glennon’s honesty. Every single word was her absolute honest truth. The shame she feels around not being the greatest friend, the guilt she felt around feeling the need to end her marriage, the lack of trust she had in herself when she Googled whether or not she should divorce her cheating husband, the fact that she actually isn’t perfect and is just trying to do the best she can.

It was refreshing.

I found her story to be so interesting, but her honesty? That was the true inspiration. How many times have you admired someone who gave the impression that she’s literally doing it all, all by herself and isn’t struggling in life for even a second? How many times have you come across an influencer on Instagram who takes a selfie of them in first class only to move back to their original seat in economy? The need to LOOK perfect is exhausting, the need to feel like you have to be just as “perfect” as the next person, is so overwhelming it can feel paralyzing.

Even if you’re not interested in a book that is a unique blend of Self Help and memoir, I think the author’s honesty alone is worth the read.

Being a stubborn, determined woman on a mission myself, I found Glennon to be admirable. Her no nonsense approach to being who you truly are, to having the courage to dig deep and find your own happiness and to follow your truth, even if no one else around you understands it.

Of course you always hear things like “Life your own life”, “Follow Your Happiness” and so on, but Glennon’s motherly supportive tone lights that fire inside that reminds you that you CAN be the person you want to be, even if you don’t know how to get there right now.

In case you haven’t been able to put it together yet, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to any woman who feels unhappy in her life on any level, any woman who feels like they are meant for so much more than what they’re living or who they are right now… really just any woman. Period.

More Info About the Book:
Where To Buy: Amazon
Published On: March 10, 2020
Fun Fact: Since publishing her book in 2020, Glennon has announced she will also be releasing a Journal called Get Untamed: The Journal (How to Quit Pleasing and Start Living). Pre-Order your copy here.

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