Spring Book Recommendations- Alexa

Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton I do not follow many blogs, but there are some I follow regularly: Brene Brown’s Ordinarycourage.com; Jenny Lawson’s thebloggess.com; Andrea Owen’s Yourkickasslife.com and finally Glennon Melton’s Momastery.com.  All of them have published wonderful useful entertaining books in the last year, so I was so excited two weeks ago when my copy of Carry On Warrior by Glennon Melton arrived in the magical brown Amazon box at my door!  I immediately told my husband and sons to go do something manly because I was headed to the bathtub to read and did not want to be disturbed.

If you follow momastery.com, you are familiar with Glennon’s story.   She is a mother of of three children who writes for her own popular blog site as well as Huffington Post.  Even if you do not follow her, you have likely read some of her viral posts like “Don’t Carpe Deum” and “A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On”.  If you have not read these posts, you should.

Glennon is someone most of us can relate to.  Although she has a checkered past, she has learned from her addictions, eating disorders, recovery and redemption.  She is candidly honest about her imperfect life, maternal experiences, and close relationship with God, painful marital struggles, and tender caring heart.  Glennon believes that women should stop competing with being suspicious of, and stop hiding from our honest selves.  Her blog is a place where we stop making parenting and marriage harder by pretending that it’s not hard.  Glennon emphasizes three main thoughts through her work:  She teaches us “We can do hard things” and “We belong to each other” and “Love Wins”.

I enjoyed learning more about Glennon’s story through her book.  I especially enjoy hearing about parenting challenges since they make me feel more normal in my own parenting journey.  Her writing is familiar and funny and feels like reading a letter from a long lost friend.  The book made me laugh and cry throughout.  Others are touting this book as self-help but I do not see it that way.  I read it as more of a connection to another human’s amazing story.

If you are looking for a light beach read, and to regain some centeredness in the often competitive world of wifedom and motherhood, this is the book for you.  And if you get a chance, read her post called For Maggie Who Lost Her Lobster.  Awesome beautiful post on addiction and loss.  Enjoy!

Written by Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT

Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT  is a licensed therapist and Registered Play Therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Alexa enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Alexa also does play therapyfamily counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.