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BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Thank you Booksparks for sending me a copy of this book!

Happy Monday!

Booksparks sent me some extra credit reading and it didn't disappoint. I had heard of Glennon Doyle (Elizabeth Gilbert has talked about her on her podcast - Magic Lessons, her book is an Oprah's book club title) but I had yet to read anything by her. This week I'm talking about Glennon Doyle's bestselling memoir, in which she shares her own experiences with drug and alcohol abuse, infidelity, mothering, self acceptance and how she learned to love herself and become a love warrior for those around her.

To me, this book was less about her relationships and love with other people and more about how she came to a place of self-appreciation, self-love and acceptance and how those things eventually affected her relationship with her husband, children, church and others surrounding her. She tells a powerful story about coming to terms with her insecurities, forgiveness, a warped worldview on love and acceptance and eventually learning one breath at a time to be okay with herself. This is Glennon Doyle's story of how she became her own Love Warrior. It's not a manual on how you can become your own Love Warrior - I think that would be misunderstanding the nature of the book. What I do think, though, is that people will find connection through her story and maybe use it to inspire their own path to learning self-love and forgiveness.

Glennon Doyle's memoir is uncomfortably honest  - she does not come off as trite or perfect in any way, which I appreciated. In her memoir she shows herself as she is - someone who has hit rock bottom repeatedly and she makes no bones about it. It's painful to read at times and some may find it self-indulgent. But I liked her honesty and the messiness. To me, it lent itself to a certain type of credibility and vulnerability. Sharing the darkest parts of your life with the entire world would have to be the ultimate healing task, don't you think?

If you're looking for an account of one person's struggle with self doubt, and low self esteem and what worked for her to move past these things, I think you would enjoy Doyle's book. Her story is an honest and raw account of her own personal healing.

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