Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

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by Glennon Doyle Melton
     
 

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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 hilarious

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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 hilarious and poignant observations have been read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, and have now inspired a social movement. In Carry On, Warrior, Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Momastery.com. Her mistakes and triumphs demonstrate that love wins and that together we can do hard things. Melton is a courageous truth-teller and hopespreader, a wise and witty friend who emboldens us to believe in ourselves and reminds us that the journey is the reward. Carry On, Warrior proves that by shedding our weapons and armor, we can stop hiding, competing, and striving for the mirage of perfection, to build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, - Brene Brown
“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.”
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“In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Melton’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor will keep readers racing through the pages—and set them thinking more deeply about their own lives.”

“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?”

CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.”

“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission—permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.”

“An inspirational guide. Only by living in a state of loving vulnerability [was Melton able] to do what she desired most: touch others and be touched by them in return. Gentle words of wisdom from a woman driven by 'senseless, relentless hope.'”

"Refreshingly frank. 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."

“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.”

According to Clennon Melton, its creator, her "Momastery" blog gained it name because, in her view, motherhood is a kind of monastery: "It's a sacred place, apart from the world, where a seeker can figure out what matters and catch glimpses of God. It's also like being pecked to death by merciless chickens." In Melton's memoir Carry On, Warrior, we gain extended glimpses of both worlds; incandescent mother-child moments and the endless, exhausting days when nothing seems to go right. Along the way, our self-admitted less than intrepid confesses to suffering and recovering from alcoholism, bulimia, smoking, a shopping obsession, and periodic outbreaks of self-loathing. Mothers will relate instantly to Melton's dilemmas and triumphs; for the rest of us, it will be a very welcome education.

Publishers Weekly
Refreshingly frank, if somewhat gooey entries from a blog (monastery.com) 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.)
New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Tra - Brené Brown
“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those oldrollickinghymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.”
Bookotron.com - The Agony Column
“First and foremost, Melton's book is chock-a-block with great characters, and she's number one. Melton pulls this off with the help of smart, funny, plain prose.”—
Examiner.com
“Carry On Warrior is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend to share stories, laughter, and tears, mixed with a whole lot of “me too!”s and “I thought I was the only one.” You leave refreshed, renewed, and reminded that we aren't alone in this. Not even a little.It isn't the kind of book you put down and say “oh, that was good.” It’s the kind of book you put down, then go to the store and buy three more copies because you know you are going to run into someone who needs them.”
Family Circle.com
“Glennon’s writing is like a warm embrace. She shines that little light of hers over the whole wide mommy world, reminding us that it is OK – more than OK, our right – to be who we are, no apologies. And we as mothers matter. Because when you spend so much time focusing on everyone else’s needs, you often forget that you count too.”
Westchester Parent Magazine - Ellen Pocost

"Sometimes, someone says exactly what you need to hear right when you need it most. Glennon Doyle Melton is that someone for me. I’ve been reading her lovely, funny new book, Carry on, Warrior—and when I got to the chapter titled, 'Don’t Carpe Diem,' I knew I’d found a spirit guide."
Allparenting.com
“Will melt your heart and inspire you in one fell swoop!”
Christian Century Magazine - Katherine Willis Pershey
Carry On, Warrior is precisely the kind of book I hope the parents in my congregation will read. Melton is a richly gifted storyteller, and her shamelessness is the best kind, rooted in a refusal to believe that she is anything other than a forgiven and beloved child of God.”
Huffington Post, Good News Blog - Mike Robbins
“Glennon is…a fantastic writer and speaker — funny, real, open, passionate, heartfelt, and inspiring. I was inspired both personally and professionally by her presence, her talent, her humility, her message and her vulnerability.”
Parents.com
“Every once in a while, a writer turns up who is just that special. This is definitely the case with Glennon Doyle Melton. She’s a hit because everything she writes runs deep and true–and makes us laugh. Glennon’s like your favorite girlfriend: game to talk about anything, unafraid to take chances, and refreshingly honest about her past and present struggles.”
Chicago Tribune

“Melton, God love her, has the courage and the resolve and the wit to show us all of her dimensions. She's the anti-Instagram. Her words make the world a better place.And a healing place.”
Gretchen Rubin
“In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Melton’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor will keep readers racing through the pages—and set them thinking more deeply about their own lives.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?”
Geneen Roth
CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.”
Rachel Held Evans
“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission—permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.”
Kirkus Reviews
A wife and mother's reflections on being imperfect and loving it. When people from her church started telling blogger and momastery.com founder Melton that she and her family seemed so "perfect," she was dismayed. Rather than continue to let others believe that she led a trouble-free life, the author decided to become "a reckless truth-teller." In a memoir that is also an inspirational guide to daily living, Melton tells the story of how she learned to carry on through the inevitable trials of living "without armor and without weapons." For two decades, she writes, "I was lost to food and booze and bad love and drugs." Her problems with alcohol and drugs led to arrests, a criminal record and difficulties getting a job. Although she was happily married, Melton's relationship with her husband had begun as a result of "confusing sex with love, and [winding] up pregnant." Then one day she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Melton credits a deep faith in God as well as strong connections with her family as being the cornerstones of her personal success. But as with everything else, learning to make those relationships work was a daily challenge. As a wife, Melton had to be willing to not only understand her husband's needs, but be honest about her own and find effective ways to communicate them. As a mother, she had to learn to forgive herself for allowing her anxieties "to pour out like gasoline on [the] raging fire" of her children's tantrums and other difficult behaviors. Only by living in a state of loving vulnerability would she be able to do what she desired most: touch others and be touched by them in return. Gentle words of wisdom from a woman driven by "senseless, relentless hope."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442358218
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
7
Sales rank:
376,307
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Rachel Held Evans
“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission—permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.”
Geneen Roth
CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?”
New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, - Brene Brown
“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.”

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Meet the Author

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of the online community, Momastery, where she shares shameless, humorous, and inspiring essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and connection. She is the creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over three million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. Glennon is a sought-after public speaker both domestically and internationally. She has been featured on the TODAY show, The Talk, OWN, and in The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and in other television and print outlets. Glennon lives in Florida with her family.

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Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ChimmyM More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastic read! And it may come as a surprise to some that I'm not a parent! Just. Read. This. Book. A few pages in and you&rsquo;ll start to understand how Glennon Doyle Melton's storytelling creates a palpable sense of community for anyone who is navigating life's &quot;brutiful&quot; moments. In Carry On, Warrior, she shares her story as she has done on her blog &ndash; with honesty, humor, sincerity and grace. Like any profound, soulful, gifted writer, she sheds light on our own experiences so that we can confront our own vulnerabilities, strengths and innate beauty with tenderness, acceptance and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glennon says what every woman is thinking in a funny, honest, and uplifting way.  If I could rate it higher than 5 stars I would.  A must read for every woman, but especially the moms out there!
LaudLitLady More than 1 year ago
I have followed Glennon Doyle Melton's blog, Momastery, for a little over a year. She is funny, and supportive of all women out there parenting, loving, and just living through everything life dishes out. A girlfriend gave me the copy she'd pre-ordered. I loved Glennon's self-deprecating humor, realism, faith (and did I say humor?!) so much that I sent copies to my mom, sister, and my best friend. It is hilarious and heartwarming. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book right when I needed it. I think everyone should read this book. It helps people accept themselves better n to find the love inside of themselves. It doesn't matter if u are a recovering "fill in the blank" or not, a christan or pagan I think this book speaks to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed thus. I follow Momastery and enjoy it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A joy to read. Funny, honest and full of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest, insightful, hilarious, brutal and beautiful all at the same time...an inspiring must-read.
NYJudester More than 1 year ago
I read it in 36 hours and it is the very best book I've read in years. I laughed, I cried and I changed the way I communicate in my relationships - most importantly my marriage. It validated so many emotions and realities that allowed me to relax and enjoy the ride. I bought 3 copies for friends who I knew would benefit from it. And recommended it to 6 other people including my mom. It is heartfelt reality of marriage and children and this thing called 'life' that we often trudge through. It helped me fall back in love with my husband and have been enjoying a much more engaged relationship - and he has no idea I read this book. Yet he's changed just due to the way I communicate with him. Its been life-changer for me! I just can't say enough about this book - oh, and I'm now reading if for the second time, as a refresher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was easy to read Glennon did not sugar coat anything. Real life and being truthful to herself is what this book is about. We all need to be honest with ourselves and others and not be afraid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister gave me this book and I in turn purchased another to give to a friend. This book is a wonderful mix of thought provoking observations on how we move through life coupled with hilarious stories. I find myself thinking about parts of this book and quoting it from time to time. Its a refreshing way to look at life and to be more open with ourselves and others at the same time. Plus, I laughed out loud so often, my husband kept asking what was so funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't put this book down. She speaks the truth that so many keep hidden away from the world. The book reminds me of being with all my best friends, thinking the same thoughts, and enjoying the moment it's voiced so we can all talk about it with each other.... She writes the truth; we can do hard things. ;)
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KelliN More than 1 year ago
I've been reading (and loving) Glennon's blog, Momastery, for over a year now. I was thrilled when she announced her book deal and have been waiting for Carry On, Warrior for what feels like forever. I'm not usually a lover of non-fiction but this book was outstanding. It made me cry several times, and as Chris Tomlin would say, &quot;it made my heart want to sing.&quot; I love Glennon's blog, but this book was even better and really spoke to my heart. Some of the essays in the book have been previously published on her website, but much of the book is new material. And for new(ish) followers of the site, like me, it was nice to be able to read Glennon's story in order, instead of piecing it together through the blog. Glennon describes herself as a hope-spreader and truth-teller. She lives an open and honest life, and that honesty is what speaks to me. I see so much of myself in her and feel like she knows how I feel, even though she doesn't know me. She describes this as the divine inside of her speaking to and recognizing the divine in me. And I think she's exactly right. Reading this book was like hearing a bell toll: all of it rang true for me. I'm so glad I bought a hard copy of Carry On, Warrior. I want to be able to easily flip back to my favorite parts and highlight certain quotes and go back and read this book again just to savor it. I feel like Carry On, Warrior is more of a book for women, especially mothers, but I think that it would appeal to just about anyone. Highly, highly recommended!
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Cheritol More than 1 year ago
This is a great afternoon read. Since reading this book, I find myself thinking, only God can fill my hole. It is a book of forgiveness, resilience, and faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous!!!  Loved it!  Will be reading it again!!!
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I commend the author for overcoming her struggles in a positive,upbeat manner. I question the lack of any 12 step program utilized and wonder if that is correlated with 8 re-locations, just a thought from an over analytical therapist. Overall it is a fun easy read and I love the use of Namaste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you could hide ever deeper from life, you might uses Glennon's method of self-deprecating humor and call it 'honestly', but what you should say is, &quot;I suck as a person.&quot; then try to change yourself. That's what Glennon does and its popular because it makes you feel like its okay to be a bad person, but it isn't. Glennon want's us to confront our inadequacies with acceptance? It is a funny joke or meme to say, &quot;Carpe Diem? I can't seize 15 min, let alone a whole day!&quot; But, honestly yes, you can. You are a stay at home mother with nothing else to do. People do it all the time. Get off facebook, stop being selfish with your time, and take care of your family. This book is like watching someone bang their head against the wall while saying, &quot;Aren't I a dummy for beating my head against the wall?&quot; Yes, yes you are. It really is no wonder why her marriage failed/nearly failed. File this book in, the (giving up on) Self Help section. Read this if you want some validation for the lack of effort you put into your marriage and family.