Bonus Book Club! Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed

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Calling all fellow bookworms, library nerds, and general lovers of literature — it’s time for another book club episode of the podcast!

Whenever there are five Fridays in a month, we devote the extra Friday to a book that we can’t get enough of. In this episode, we’re diving into the mega #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

Glennon’s books are the opposite of your average self-help book written by a perky middle-aged woman with plenty of platitudes and not a lot of depth. Her work is deep and moving and it’ll light a fire under your butt. It’s required reading for all humans, if you ask us (but especially highly sensitives, people-pleasers, women, and anyone who wants to live their life without guilt or constriction).

We talked about…

  • Glennon working up the courage to leave her husband, break up her family, and rebuild a new family with Abby Wambach (the Olympic soccer player, who she’d only met in-person once).
  • How we’re encouraged and rewarded, from a very young age, to ignore our own inner wisdom.
  • Why highly sensitives aren’t “broken.”
  • How to walk away from people and things that aren’t right for you, even when you’re scared and burdened by guilt and uncertainty.
  • What it really means to be a person who’s whole and fulfilled.

After you’ve listened, leave us a comment to let us know which truth bombs from this book resonated with you most!


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7 comments

  • Terece Hahn

    This book is so on fire! I’m obsessed. You should see the amount of notes I took. It makes me want to warrior cry! Mic drops everywhere.

    My favorite was the story about the hot yoga and she suffered through it instead of walking out. The door isn’t even locked! 😳😳😳 so much good stuff.

    • Rachel East

      OMG Terece, I wish I could have included that part, but I didn’t want to spoil the ending for people. I cried when I read that. “Because I’ve just remembered that the sun is shining, the breeze is cool, and these doors, they aren’t even locked.” UGH IT’S SO GOOD.

  • Samantha

    Wow! I love your book club episodes, but this one felt particularly relevant to me – I’m going through a really big breakup at the moment. The kind of break up that I thought was the love of my life, where we were planning future children and homes together etc.

    After listening to this episode I’m tempted to order both Love Warrior and Untamed – would you recommend reading Love Warrior before Untamed….?

    • Rachel East

      Hey Samantha! I’d say if you want to squeeze the most wisdom and enjoyment out of both, then read Love Warrior first. I think you’ll get a LOT out of that one, too, and then you’ll appreciate Untamed that much more because you know her story on a deeper level!

      • Samantha

        Thank you! I will start with Love Warrior 🙂

  • Cleo C

    Wow, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from this book review but it sounds like exactly what I need to hear.

    As a 9w1 I’ve come to realize I’ve spent most of my 20s unconsciously contorting my personality to disown any part that might be considered unpopular, impractical, inconvenient, or unattractive. At some point I came to see a choice between being safe and loved vs. unsafe and rejected, and as a result became more small and agreeable thinking it would at very least land me a stable job, relationship (not yet), and continued peace/lack of drama in my family.

    Looking back on my teen years I think I was a lot more myself, even to the point that I would have rather been disliked for who I was than loved for who I wasn’t. I actually had a lot of strong feelings and opinions on lots of topics (the polar bear story really resonated with me), which I’m starting to realize might never fully left but I just tuned them out. I think what happened was I received the messaging that adults need to put their individual feelings & to some extent even preferences in life aside in order to be practical and “get by”, and that certain others (e.g. males) seemed to like me better when I was more passive, sweet, bubbly, and agreeable with few strong opinions.

    However I’ve noticed that my attempts at relationships (and friendships) in my 20s have had a sense of shallowness and convenience, and even the most secure job is never permanent. So this is my life’s task right now, getting in touch with my true self and best life even if it’s unpopular or makes people uncomfortable. This book sounds like it will really resonate with something inside me that I’m finally starting to see and work on.

    • Kristen Walker

      Cleo — Wow, thank you so much for sharing that journey! It’s one I think a lot of people can relate to (as a fellow Type 9, I definitely can!). If you’re feeling called to explore the real you — the you that you buried for years in the name of being liked/loved and “getting by” in the world, then this book is about to become a game changer for you. It’s not always going to be easy to reconnect with those parts of yourself you hid away, and it’s going to be even harder to express them outwardly, but the results are a thousand times worth it. You’ll find yourself caring more about things, having deeper relationships, and feeling a sense of ease and confidence within you. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this book!