Over the years I’ve been fortunate to learn from experience that the only healthy way to manage difficult life experiences is to go through all the tough feelings, like pain or grief, and really feel everything. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but for me it’s always been the only way. Unless you get real with yourself and with whatever difficult thing you’ve been through, I think it must be virtually impossible to find meaning, to grow as a human being or to live your best life.
Glennon Doyle Melton struggled through a bunch of difficult life experiences, including bulimia, alcoholism and the infidelity of her spouse. She learned to face all of this head-on and to feel all the emotions. As a result, her memoir, Love Warrior, is tremendously moving and powerful. She found meaning through struggle and was able to grow from all of it to live a positive and meaningful life. Her story is so inspirational.
Melton’s writing is raw and deeply personal. It’s vulnerable and real, honest and open. Exactly what I’m looking for in a memoir. Loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. She wrote another book, too, called Carry on, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life. She also has a blog, Momastery, that you can find here. Happy reading!