Gut Reaction: This book was recommended to me in a women’s group I belong to by my Kundalini yoga teacher. Trusting her deeply, I did not hesitate to purchase! I kid you not, I read this book in one weekend and loved it so much that I decided to run a book club on it.
This book is all things—it’s vulnerable, raw, real, sad, happy… I felt all the emotions so strongly as I read, and even though our stories are very different, I could relate so painstakingly well to everything. This is a powerful book for females, although I wouldn’t totally rule it out for males. Gut reaction?! I crazy loved this book, and even began jotting down notes for my own memoir, I was that inspired!
My gems: The realness! Having an online presence, even in a small way, and making a promise to myself to share even the uncomfortable, I can imagine the difficulty that was felt while writing parts of this book. It is always such an inspiration to see people share truthfully and honestly about their lives. For me, a big jewel was that, well I am a woman, and I could easily picture myself at each of the life stages Glennon goes through. This book has the power to bring hope, and remind us that even though new challenges come at every age and every stage, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Who might like it: I truly believe most women could relate very well to this book, especially those who are committed to their healing path/journey. I might go as far to say that teens could benefit from reading as well, but if you’re a parent... proofread first and obviously go with your gut. I’m not a parent yet, so I can’t fully say, but I work with many teens, and I’ve come to see that a lot of parenting styles endorse being very real with their kiddos, so if that is you, this could be a great book. Fair warning on the intimacy, wording, and rawness though… as I said, read first, then decide!
Men? Hmmm, I’m not sure. Having and knowing a lot of sensitive men in my life, I do think some men could benefit and would probably really enjoy hearing a woman’s perspective on some of the issues in the book. I’d say, give it a go if you’re on the fence! After all, you could always stop reading!
“You have to be known to be loved, and none of these waving people knows me. They only know my representative. This is not a victory parade for me, but for her. She is the one waving. I am the one holding my breath again, underneath. She is the star; I am the mental patient.” pg. 30
“Just as a learn to trust my body, I start losing faith in my mind. It seems fair to me that the harder I work, the more progress I should make. I’m desperate to pay whatever dues will earn me my peace, stability, and life back.” pg. 194
“My spiral staircase of progress means that my pain will be both behind me and in front of me, every damn day. I’ll never be “over it,” but I vow to be stronger each time I face it. Maybe the pain won’t change, but I will. I keep climbing.” pg. 195
“Growing up is an unbecoming. My healing has been a peeling away of costume after costume until here I am, still and naked and unashamed before God, stripped down to my real identity. I have unbecome. And now I stand: Warrior.” pg. 223