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Untamed by Glennon Doyle Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OVER TWO MILLION COPIES SOLD! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club 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.

Untamed (Glennon Doyle) Book Reviews

Life changing!I thought I was immune to the taming, the bigotry, the misogyny. This thought provoking book gave me the opportunity to examine my life, my beliefs, my training and my taming. I am so thankful for the women that are courageous enough to be vulnerable, live in the arena as Brené would say, and lead the way for the rest of us..Score: 5/5

Stunning from start to finishGlennon Doyle has helped me sink into my knowing more than I ever have. Her writing is a feast for the mind. She writes with such vivid emotion and logic and clarity. I hope one day I get to write the way she does. With conviction and fearlessness..Score: 5/5

No thanksThis was the first book in years I could not finish. The flow was choppy and her tone was incredibly patronizing and whiny. I usually try to finish all books, even those I don’t love or even like but I couldn’t finish this one. Waste of time!.Score: 1/5

My new #1!This book just topped my all time favorites list. A list which has had the same number 1, for 30 years. Thank you Glennon Doyle, for reminding women everywhere that we are not crazy. We are goddamn Cheetahs..Score: 5/5

This books has absolutely fallacious theolgoThis book is universalist and tries to convince you that you are GOD. The inner knowing is demonic in nature. Please avoid this book.Score: 1/5

A must read for every womanI was nervous I wouldn’t be able to relate to her/ this book because I’m 20 and straight but it was highly recommended by so many people I gave it a try. It was impossible to put down and such a good read. The core of her message is applicable to all women and I’ve been recommending it to every woman in my life. Loved it!!!.Score: 5/5

EmpoweredGlennon tells her story in such an authentic way, that I feel relieved to experience someone not afraid to be honest. The honesty of anxiety, cages, self talk, confusion - opens hearts for us to love ourselves and listen to within..Score: 5/5

UntamedREAD THIS BOOK! This book blew my mind. The way Glennon talks in metaphors speaks to me and my brain. I felt understood by her. This book is phenomenal, and I think everyone should read it..Score: 5/5

LifesavingThis makes me want to change my entire life in a wonderful way..Score: 5/5

Wish I could read this again & againLove this book, such a fast read..Score: 5/5

Just incredible. Loved every storyMust read!.Score: 5/5

Self help-ish memoirEasy to read, good but wouldn’t read it twice..Score: 3/5

So many gems!I’ve never read a book that I could relate so much to as a woman. Her writing is refreshing and inviting. I’m looking forward to read more from Glennon.Score: 5/5

Untamed feedbackThis author has retained the highly moralistic self-righteous voice of the model Christian wife and mother. I found this to be didactic and overly self involved providing less of the magic than what appears in some spots along the way when she is more honest and not self-aware. It lacks humor and is often shouting orders at the reader to follow. My favorite part is at the end when she finally talks about someone other than herself and showcases Abby. This reveals her own foibles and shows that she actually has something to learn from others..Score: 1/5

Self help-ish. Cliche. I wanted to like it.I can’t..Score: 1/5

Remember you’re a GD cheetah.This is a book women who don’t know what they need need to read. Period. I felt energy and inspiration I haven’t felt in years. Thank you, Glennon..Score: 5/5

A wonderful combination of deep truths & funEvery anecdote taught me something about myself - past me, current me, and future me - as well as about society & family. Glennon does not preach. She reveals. And as she reveals what she sees, it helps me to see not only what she sees but also what I see and what I want to see..Score: 5/5

SpeechlessRaw. True. Beautiful writing. Loved every second of being indulged in this book 🙏🏼🤍.Score: 5/5

UntamedSuch a good book! I cried so many times because Glennon was able to capture my exact thoughts and feelings in countless situations through her own experiences. It was eye opening, brave and courageous and truly life changing..Score: 5/5

Not worth the hypeI don’t regret reading it but I will not be reading anything else by the author. In my opinion the author has a pretty high opinion of herself and I don’t know if it’s justified. But I can see how others would praise this book. Wasn’t my cup of tea..Score: 2/5

Therapy 101If you’ve never been to therapy, you may enjoy this book as a quick start guide. If you find it to hold many answers for you, you may want to enjoy the real and sustaining benefits of psychotherapy yourself. I found it to be repetitive, preachy, and directed to an audience of people like herself (privileged women struggling with self acceptance). I do think it has value for a specific audience in that it covers basic concepts of self acceptance, mindfulness and making intentional choices..Score: 3/5

Second Read even better than my first.I have read this book again, a year after the first time. It’s even better the second time… Gained wisdom each read. Mesmerizing, inspiring prose, that is witty honest, and very familiar. What she says, I think most of us have felt. Glennon, is able to put it all into words with endearing honesty and freedom...Score: 5/5

Untamed: To be both Held and FreeI loved the book, especially its call to come ‘Home’, to return to our true nature, the unlearning of all the conditioning to just be...to just be both held and free, untamed and wild, authentic and alive. To be still and know, and to trust our knowing..Score: 5/5

Yes!!Each story was powerful. Deeply appreciate the truth and vulnerability. Love love loved!!.Score: 5/5

Very relatableThis book has taken many words out of my mouth. Thought I could never put into words. I felt alone and like the only one with certain thoughts but now I know I know I’m not alone. Reading this made me feel like I’ve known Glennon all my life..Score: 2/5

Inspiring, Empowering & Beautiful!I really enjoyed this book. I felt almost every chapter had a nugget that I could walk around with and ponder. I usually like books that you read from beginning to end that tell a story. I had to adjust to realize that her style of writing isn’t that way and it’s gloriously written in a way only Glennon could tell stories that are so wonderful. Everyone I let borrow it is in love with her heart and wisdom..Score: 5/5

A story of becoming a truer version of you.Evolution is my word for the season. Glennon’s story of becoming, of “I am”, spoke strongly to me for I have always fought the Knowing and tried to fit in with what was right at that moment. When I was in my 20s, I married knowing he was not a man that I would be able grow with. I walked away when I was ready. When I was 30, I became engaged to the man who impregnated me to keep me around. I walked away when I was ready. Now, I am 42. On my 40th birthday I declared that this decade was for me. Glennon’s story resonates true to that declaration..Score: 5/5

PerfectEverything i’ve ever needed to hear in one book.Score: 5/5

TruthPlain and simple truth..Score: 5/5

UntamedNot relatable at all. very boring..Score: 1/5

Eye opening!!This was the first of Glennon’s books that I’ve read and as much as I want to read more, I feel like I’d be going backwards in her magical life. Untamed opened my eyes to all of the dirty pink bunnies that I was chasing. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I decided to let go of these bunnies and be myself. I loved how different the flow of this book was and how easy it was to read. I’d highly suggest this book to anyone searching for clarity or simply searching themselves..Score: 5/5

Glen on knows allI did not like this book at all. I really had to force myself to finish the second half. Glenn on is very preachy (not about religion) and comes off like a “know-it-all”. She touches on all the very important social issues of the current times but doesn’t say anything new. It comes off like she’s just wanting to be known as “woke”. She acts like she invented the ideas of meditation, intuition, integrity, and so many more. We all know these thing exist so for her to rename them and claim them as new is strange. While I agree with most of her ideas and opinions, she doesn’t offer any new perspective and her short stories are boring. She seems like she would be a very bossy person. Someone who just stares at you and says “trust me I know” as if you don’t also know. But then she preaches about living life how you know you should. Contradicting. This is perhaps a good book for older generations who are “stuck in their ways” about social issues and family structure. I found it boring..Score: 1/5

Overhyped. Read anything else.Not sure why this book has been hyped up so much. The first section was decent. But, then it turns very preachy (even though it’s a memoir??). The 5 page brief essay on racism in the third section -to stay relevant- was incredibly insulting..Score: 1/5

AwesomeI loved this book it’s thought provoking and insightful. Awesome read😊.Score: 5/5

MehNot worth the hype. I enjoyed the parts about her life but that’s about it..Score: 2/5

Untamed-It’s honest!I highly recommend..Score: 5/5

105Katarina.Score: 5/5

AnnoyingAuthor seems to be the kind of person who finds a woke story in every minute detail in life. The over glorification of feelings and prioritizing oneself is small minded and an oversimplified philosophy. Not all feminism is created equal, this is exactly the kind of toxic feminism we don’t need..Score: 1/5

So perfect, just what I needed to hearSooo good! It’s like she knows all the things about me that I do not know about myself. This book is exactly what we need in this world right now. If only the capital patriarchy would read it..Score: 5/5

Cheerful but ChoppyLovely upbeat book full of insight learned through experience. It did feel like the stories jumped around as it is more of a collection of experiences than a single story. But, very enjoyable to read. Very positive and encouraging..Score: 4/5

Better than I imaginedMultiple friends have recommended this book but I was taking my time getting around to reading it. I wish I wouldn’t have waited. Glennon drops some gems that will resonate with me forever. This book is about change, love, growth, and the permission to set yourself free from so many of the burdens of life..Score: 5/5

Another woke lectureGlennon Doyle is a gifted writer. Unfortunately I couldn’t stomach the woke, predictable “i deserve to be happy”, “everything’s about me”, and the “everyones a racist” chapters. For someone who wants to transcend judgement by she certainly casts judgement on others. Her hypocrisy is so sickening, I couldn’t finish the book..Score: 1/5

I love this book!I learned a lot from reading this and I recommend anyone who identifies as a woman reads this book 10/10 love love love.Score: 5/5

Could not put this downWould recommend this book to anyone who needs a practical and spiritual perspective on what it is to be a multifaceted woman in 2021. The chapters are philosophical, theoretical, and mystical. Easy to read and impossible to not feel every moment described. Beautifully written, necessary for all.Score: 5/5

AwesomeLove.Score: 5/5

The BestThe first book that ever truly spoke to my soul. I feel validated, understood, and human. Not broken. I always knew I was a cheetah..Score: 5/5

UntamedThis book is like a long conversation with a good friend: sometimes deeply connecting, sometimes curious, different, disagreeing, but overall very real..Score: 4/5

GratefulI feel like this book was written for me. To have the same thoughts and feelings, to know that it’s ok..Score: 5/5

Horrid slogHorrible, endless, condescending preaching from a rich, privileged white American woman who sees herself as a victim-turned-victorious-fighter against the horrors she suffered (paranoid about staying skinny and pretty, run-of-the-mill addiction to mild drugs and alcohol, or staying in a marriage just for the kids). People have suffered and endured far worse and preach far less..Score: 1/5

Don’t botherDisappointing. Don’t waste your money..Score: 1/5

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I’ve never felt so seenThis book was “wow” and “ah-haaaa” moment after “ah-HAAAA” moment. It perfectly illustrated in fantastic imagery and stories, feelings and questions and frustrations hat have plagued me my whole life. A must read for any person who has ever felt boxed inappropriately. A must read for every human, I think..Score: 5/5

Must read!I read Untamed like a cheetah in the wild, and then I read it all over again! Amazingly beautiful, raw and real. Well done Glennon!.Score: 5/5

UntamedThoughtful, playful and raw. Just what we need, when we need it..Score: 4/5

Easy to see why it’s so lovedThe writing style was casual and made it comfortable to read, while forming a quick bond with the author, however the messages within were not new to me, nor were they motivating for me. I can see how many could relate and use her words to inspire change in their own lives, however. All in all, not a book I will re-read, but for the right person it can be a good recommendation..Score: 3/5

RepetitiveGood writer, nice thoughts but was too repetitive and religious for me to truly enjoy..Score: 3/5

UntamedExtraordinary, insightful, beautiful, heart-warming and truly inspiring!!!!.Score: 5/5

Revelation/RevolutionWow! Came across this book while searching for my own answers and needing guidance...within the first 100 pages, I knew I was meant to read this book! I didn’t want to put it down. The openness and directness with which Ms Doyle has written, has left me in awe. She has written, things I’ve felt and wanted to believe in my gut, for so many years, in the vocabulary or words I wasn’t able to find nor could express! Her incredible journey of self-discovery and insight has given me the courage to explore my own “KNOWING”. Thank you for sharing this with me and the world!.Score: 5/5

A must readI wanted to read it again before I even finished it. It made me feel seen and understood..Score: 5/5

Repetitive But DeepI read this very quickly as there are parts that can be skipped over due to repetition. I felt inspired by her experiences and her choices. I loved the honesty. Laugh out loud funny, very relatable. Easy reading but great depth..Score: 4/5

Most meaningful book I’ve readSelf empowering Liberating Spiritual Parental Sexual and intimate Hilarious Triumphant Beautiful.Score: 5/5

AmazingLoved this book! She spoke so much truth and I loved her focus on your inner knowing 💖.Score: 5/5

Beautiful and inspiringUntamed has left me in awe. My mind was blown with the life lessons each chapter had to offer. A must read for sure, again and again..Score: 5/5

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