Stop pleasing, start living
by Glennon Doyle
Pub Date 12 Mar 2020
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Who were you before the world told you who to be? When women learn to please they forget who they are. Part inspiration, part memoir Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.
‘Some books shake you by the shoulders while others steal your heart. In Untamed, Glennon does both at the exact same time: Wake up. I love you.’ - Brené Brown, PhD, author of the NYT #1 bestseller Dare to Lead
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 realised 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 stop abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She stopped being good so she could be free. She stopped pleasing and started living.
Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanising 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 also the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.
Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, 'The braver we are, the luckier we get.'
'Untamed will liberate women - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.'
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love
'Some books shake you by the shoulders while others steal your heart. In Untamed, Glennon does both at the exact same time: Wake up. I love you.’
Brené Brown, PhD, author of the NYT #1 bestseller Dare to Lead
'This book will give you the courage to change your ways /quit your job / move away / cut *that* person out of your life or [insert any huge scary change]'
Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method
'If you’ve ever said yes when your heart screamed no. If you’ve ever felt you were living in a box of someone else’s making. If you’ve ever wondered “what if...?”, Glennon Doyle’s Untamed will answer the questions you didn’t know you’d asked. I can’t stop thinking about it'
Sam Baker, author of The Shift