GENRE: Non Fiction
TOPICS: Essays, Personal Growth


Untamed is a book that seemed to travel extensively in a year whilst we were all at home, being hungrily read by those who needed to hear it’s messages. The author Glennon Doyle makes real ‘the personal is political’ and this book is a testament to her move from the label of ‘Christian mommy blogger turned philanthropist activist’ to free woman, whilst in both cases being a best-selling author.

She is a force to be reckoned with. Between her talent as a writer, her fierce loyalty to staying true to herself, and what she’s accomplished with her non-profit Together Rising, she is living a life dedicated to creating change and living truth. What is so impactful and arresting is that she starts with using her own life as the vehicle for doing that. In this book, and in her two previous books, Carry on Warrior and Love Warrior (which got picked up and championed by Oprah Winfrey and is now being made into a film) she documents her internal and domestic life. Her ability to make the unique and personal universal seems to be part of USP.

As she was about to launch Love Warrior – which is partly a book about the redemption of her fractured marriage to her husband – she met and fell in love with a woman, Abby Wambach (a highly decorated football player, 2 time Olympic Gold medallist and the highest all-time goal scorer of international goals for both female and male players). She then went on to write Untamed. Instead of being a structured story, it is a collection of essays spanning a range of topics: leaving her husband for Abby, getting sober — from substances, patriarchy and racism, sexuality, faith, God and parenting.

Glennon’s craft is powerful and the structure of the book is pure art. The entire book is fire from start to finish: it is a quotable book with wisdom on every page…

REVIEWED BY: Claire Gold