Carry on, warrior : thoughts on life unarmed / Glennon Doyle Melton.

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      1st scribner hardcover ed.
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      Summary: A New York Times essayist shares her journey from a self-destructive college student to a devoted family woman and teacher while illuminating the importance of trusting in a higher power and being truthful about life's challenges.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing herself to living out loud and giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Her ... observations have been read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, and have now inspired a social movement. In [this book], Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Her mistakes and triumphs demonstrate that love wins and that together we can do hard things"--Dust jacket flap.
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      9781451698220 (pbk.)
      1451698224 (pbk.)
      9781451698237 (ebook)
      1451698232 (ebook)
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PW Reviews 2012 December #4

Refreshingly frank, if somewhat gooey entries from a blog ( offer advice on parenting and exhaustion to women trying to be tolerant Christians and helpful wives. Raising three kids in the Florida suburbs while wife to a software salesman, and part-time model (with perfect teeth), Melton shares her comments on life's adorable moments, such as letters of encouragement to her grade-school son, Chase, if he is being bullied for presumably being a homosexual, or reminders to herself to "quit chasing happiness long enough to notice it smiling right at ," yet tinged with some excoriating, revelatory, and self-forgiving details that raise the work out of the merely platitudinous. A self-described "recovering everything," that is, former alcoholic, bulimic, smoker, and ongoing shopaholic, Melton reveals some truly desperate moments of her life, such as a premarital pregnancy in 2002 that prompted her to get sober, an early abortion that has allowed her to be more accepting of others' failings, a "twisty, mapless" marriage that has proven ultimately sound and gratifying, a recent diagnosis of Lyme disease, and a six-year attempt to adopt a Guatemalan child that was rejected by the agencies because she and her husband were considered to be "too much of a risk." Writing, or as she calls it "living out loud," is for Melton a bracing therapy to chase away loneliness, learn humility, and banish the fears of revealing the less than flattering sides of herself. (Apr.)

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