By Audrey Andrews | May 29th, 2020
Last week, my therapist mentioned she was reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle and that I may want to order a copy. Eternally forlorn for book recommendations, Untamed immediately found its way into my Amazon cart and beyond. Its vibrant cover encouraged me to pick it up after my current read- it’s just so cute!
Turns out, the cover is not the only wondrous part of Untamed. I commenced reading Wednesday morning and finished Thursday afternoon, while working full time. Disclaimer: I’d never heard of Doyle. Her first two memoirs never crossed my page-saturated path and her blog never found my feed. So, her life revelations did not, could not, shock me.
From what I understand, Doyle wrote Carry On, Warrior about her marriage, only to find her husband was cheating on her. She then authored Love Warrior, a story of redemption and finding light in their seemingly broken relationship.
Then, Doyle woke up.
Instead of looking outwards, to gender norms, religious institutions, political institutions, etc., to understand the right way forward, she threw away the right way and did her way. Doyle’s coming into herself came out of falling in love with Abby Wambach, a retired professional soccer player.
First, she feared what her actions would do to her beloved children. But, Doyle realized the best thing she could do for her children is be her true self, to do what she knows to be true. When one person lives truly, others are a bit more free to do so themselves.
The honesty of Doyle’s words shake and shatter. I admire how open she is to the world. I hope every woman knows she can choose her way. Although I can’t speak to Doyle’s story, the story of Untamed is breathtakingly, illuminatingly free.