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Check It Out: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This is Sarah Enright, with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to Check It Out. 

Today, I am recommending Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Glennon, an activist, philanthropist, and motivational speaker presents her third memoir as a series of intimate vignettes. Her work is candid and unapologetic. She packs powerful truths and lessons into stories about moments in her life, career, and family. What’s revealed, is the story of a woman who has finally given herself permission to unleash her truest, wildest instincts to become the person that the “Knowing”, her inner voice, tells her she is.

Untamed is weaved with Glennon’s experiences with difficult issues like eating disorders, addiction, divorce, homosexuality, racism, and gender roles. She shows the impact such issues had in her life with grace and vulnerability. By giving us a glimpse into her world, we see that she’s not perfect. She admits her mistakes and demonstrates what she’s done to overcome lifelong character defects that were no longer serving her. She delivers the reminder that everyone has a lot to learn about themselves, but that it’s ok to be human and admit wrongs. She illustrates unconventional families and how they can and do work, but also asks who decided what was conventional? She poses many questions throughout the book and invites the reader to think from a different perspective. Most importantly, she demonstrates that life, the good and the bad, can be beautiful and everyone has the power to conquer any difficulties. As she says many times in the book, “we can do hard things.”

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