Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

 Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

 In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton shares new stories and the best-loved material from Momastery.com She recounts her mistakes and triumphs with candor and humor, and gives language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She believes that by shedding our armor, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman trying to love herself and others, readers find a wise and witty friend who will inspire them to forgive their own imperfections, make the most of their gifts, and commit to small acts of love that will change the world. (Goodreads)

It seems like it's been a million years since I've participated in a blog tour. I cut off all ties last summer because my schedule just got too hectic. Well, come the new year and a part of me was utterly optimistic and I opened up the blog tour door once again. My only rule was to pick books about being a parent/mother, etc. I wanted to read something I could learn from because seriously, some days I need all the help I can get.

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton seemed like the perfect blend of being a woman, a wife, a mother and a seeker of self improvement and betterment. I couldn't resist. I was curious. Could I relate?

Well, Melton's story is quite intense; one with many tragedies, obstacles, and pain. It comes with drug abuse, lyme disease and bulimia, to name a few. It was a lot to take in. But I slowly made my way through her roller coaster of a story and smiled at the hopeful and loving parts.

I am essentially an introverted extrovert. I can relate to the need to put on that happy face and be perfect and not show the gritty parts of ones life. I know what's it's like to joke about how tough it is to be a parent when really you feel like you are doing nothing but horrible things all day long and would just like a moment's peace. 

Melton had a voice that was sharp, to the point but digestable and appreciated. I have not explored her website too much yet but I will now. 

I was glad I signed on for this tour even though it shook me a times. I think the stories that Melton shares are ones we all can understand.

I leave you with a favorite section of mine. She is writing about how a couple of twelve years were growing distant. They had stopped taking care of each other because they were taking care of everything else.
One night knowing that her husband loved to have a glass of wine while reading his book, the wife leaves a glass next to his current read. Even though he had been late that night, missed dinner, missed the kids bedtime, she made the effort to do something for him.
He saw it when he came home and felt for the first time in a long time, that she heard him.
The last line was my favorite.
"Because love is not something for which to search or wait or hope or dream. It's simply something you do." 


Carry On, Warriors! 

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Happy reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

Cool review!

Lindsey said...

I've been following Glennon on her blog for a while. I bought her book a few days after it came out and read through it in a day.

She's so relatable as a mom, a writer, and a person. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too! :)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad that you decided to come back to the world of blog tours with this book - sounds like it was a challenging and moving read for you!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.