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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick)
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire Bloomberg Parade • “Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

This is how you find yourself.

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.
For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.
Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.
Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Jun 16, 2021

I loved this book. Glennon tells the truth "When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself."

Jun 06, 2021

Don’t bother waiting for this one.

Jun 01, 2021

Okay. I thought long and hard about how I would rate this book. I know so many people that lit up for this book. And I can see how it would speak to them. I really do. And there were even parts that spoke to me. But in general I don’t feel like this is a book that is written for me. I think it’s beautiful how Glennon has found a love that sets her soul on fire, and she’s now living her life as authentic as she is able. I think people who want to read this book absolutely should and they should be allowed to love it wholly.

May 22, 2021

Not what I expected. Found some entries thought provoking. Just an okay read for me.

May 11, 2021

I think the fact that the author gave herself a 5-star review on Goodreads (not even once, but TWICE!) for this book quite clearly sums up who she is as a person and an author, and this book strongly reflects that.

This is one of those books that I saw everywhere in the last year, I was so excited to read, and then it completely disappointed me. While there were a few kernels of truth throughout, listening to it (and it was read by the author) came across as little more than a cocky person writing about how good her life is now, and name-dropping in the process. There were at least 2 references to the time she spent with Oprah, as well as more references than I could count to her dear friend Liz (referring to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"). I believe there was even a line along the lines of “When I was on Oprah promoting my first book…” (eye roll) I’m glad the author is being her authentic self, and that she’s overcome some of the challenges in her life, but she’s taken it so far that she doesn’t seem to care about other people at all (despite telling us multiple times that she’s so empathetic, and also a philanthropist). This kind of preachy self-help book isn’t up my alley. Mostly it felt like a lecture, and even the “memoir” portions (i.e. when she quotes herself being wise when responding to others, as well as things her children wisely said), rang quite false, as though they were heavily curated after the fact.

I will say, this was (inadvertently) a well-timed read for me, because I started it on Mother’s Day, and wow, was this ever a book that talked a TONNE about parenting.

This would have been a DNF, except that I had chores to do, and no other audiobooks sitting on my library shelf. At least it’s over, and I won’t be picking up another of her books any time soon.

1 star, mostly for the cool cover, and the few bits of insight.

Apr 04, 2021

I guess I just am tired of feeling like I'm being preached to by this type of author. Anyways, couldn't bother getting past the first couple of pages.

sjpl_rebekah Mar 24, 2021

It is really hard to review self-help books. They either resonate with you or they don’t, and the reasoning is usually deeply personal. For this reason, after finishing this book, my book club has decided to ban self-help books from being selected for future meetings.

This book did not resonate with me personally. I did think there were some valuable insights, and though I did agree with many of the points the author made, the whole book had an air of pretentiousness that did not sit well with me. It felt like the author was trying so hard to be authentic, that she instead came off as inauthentic. She overexplained her life decisions and although I am happy that she found happiness with her partner, it felt like she was trying to vindicate her actions through these long winded descriptions of their connection to one another.

I know other people enjoy her style of writing, but bottom-line is, I was not the right audience for this memoir.

Mar 03, 2021

Quick, short chapters but man does Glennon whine and whine and whine. I did laugh a few times, found two interesting ideas but I mostly rolled my eyes. I read based off a recommendation but I would never search out Doyle again.

Mar 03, 2021

This may be a memoir, but it's also a self-help book. I had never heard of Glennon Doyle. A friend lent this to me.
Her goal is to empower women with her story. I wasn't impressed. The first two-thirds of the book she's trying prove how self-actualized she has become and the rest of the book is about how neurotic, insecure, and controlling she is.

Doyle has some serious and insightful words dispersed among pages of romantic cliches. She can be humorous about her personality quirks, but the happily-ever-after, perfect bonus family image was hard to swallow.

She says she'll never stay in a situation she doesn't want to be in. Lucky her. But many of us regular folk have to struggle on a daily basis, sometimes just to stay afloat without the resources we need.

I empathize with her struggles with depression and anxiety. She is fortunate to get the help she needs. She is also blessed to have a family that has always stood by her.

A good memoirist tells their story and you can draw your own conclusions. Doyle, on the other hand, force-feeds you her philosophy to make sure you see things her way.

Feb 17, 2021

This author has me all confused. Although Glennon shares some great advice on topics, she certainly talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Seems to me this author is still lost and will never truly be happy.
There is a lot of religion in this book that I personally could not relate to.

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