If the name Glennon Doyle Melton isn’t familiar to you, please allow me to introduce the author of one my my favorite summer ARCs. Melton is a writer, blogger, speaker, and activist, most widely known for her blog, Momastery (pronounced mom-a-stery, like monastery, but with two Ms). She’s known for her honest, poetic, and funny take on motherhood, life, and just being a person in the world. If you recognize the names Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert , or Brené Brown (all 3 best selling authors, BTdubs), then you’ll get the gist of who Melton is and what she does.
Melton’s most recent book, Love Warrior (on shelves Sept.6th), is a memoir. At least that’s how it’s labeled. But, guys, it’s so much more than a memoir. It’s a call to action. It’s a 259-page billboard for Love and Healing. Melton calls it her “love letter to the world”.
So, you probably want to know what this book is about. Well, it’s a memoir, so it focuses on Melton’s life and marriage up to this point, but that’s not really what it’s ABOUT, if you know what I mean. Without going into an in-depth description of the book, thereby ruining your own reading experience, I think I can describe what this book is about in one word: SOUL. This book is about being brave and learning that the soul of a human being is capable of learning through the pain that life brings us. As she often says on her blog and social media, “We can do hard things”.
I cried reading this memoir, more than a few times (shhh. don’t tell). The part where Melton writes about stumbling into the hot yoga class? Ugh, it was like she was talking to me. Like she’d written it just for me. That she quotes from Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart at that point is too perfect because I LOVE Pema Chödrön.
A Love Warrior: One who moves forward in love and acceptance and understanding inch by mother-effing inch even though it’s hard and it’s painful. This book is challenging and inspiring and moving, and it’s one of those books you’ll want to read every time you need a little kick in the butt to do the very thing that scares you.
Love Warrior goes on sale this Tuesday, September 6th. Stop by the shop to pick up or order your copy and let the Love Revolution begin.
(By the way, Glennon Doyle Melton is going to be on Super Soul Sunday on September 11th for those of you who are into that kind of thing.)