Date Published: March 10, 2020


TL;DR Summary

Unlock your wild self and tear down the cages you've been put in—your true essence is waiting for you to discover it. That's the call of Glennon Doyle's "Untamed," a memoir that is also a manifesto, a roar for individuality, authenticity, and the power of a woman untethered. Glennon starts her journey shackled by the expectations of society, a well-behaved woman living a life by the book—marriage, motherhood, and devotion to her faith. It's all shattered when she meets Abby, the woman who becomes her wife, challenging her to reexamine not just love, but also the way she views herself and her place in the world.

The book offers profound insights into how societal norms, including the pursuit of beauty, motherhood, and the institution of marriage, can limit women's true selves. It's a story, yes, but also a series of lessons. Glennon leads us through her own transformation from a woman trying to please everyone—her family, her church, the world—to a woman finally pleasing herself, and in the process, connecting authentically with others. She abandons the well-traveled road of expectation for the wild, untamed paths of her own heart and invites you to do the same.

You will find accounts of Glennon's crumbling marriage, her struggles with bulimia, and her ultimate rebellion against conventional femininity. At the core of "Untamed" is the urge to break free from the self-imposed limitations we all carry, often unknowingly, and to embrace our wild, true selves. Glennon holds a mirror to your soul, urging you to challenge your own assumptions and to demolish the walls of your comfort zone.

In short, "Untamed" is more than a memoir; it’s a challenge, a call to action, and an anthem for all—especially women—to unleash their authentic selves. Get ready to set your life on fire. Your untamed self is waiting.



Personal Development
Personal Growth Christianity
Inspirational Non-Fiction
Women's Studies
Relationships Sex Education


Main Characters

Glennon Doyle: The author and protagonist, a woman initially constricted by societal expectations and religious beliefs, finds her authentic self through love, self-discovery, and activism. Values honesty and embraces her identity as a gay woman when she meets Abby.

Abby Wambach: The famous soccer player who becomes Glennon’s wife, embodies fearlessness and inspires Glennon to live her truth. Values authenticity and challenges societal norms.

Craig Melton: Glennon’s ex-husband, a loving father and a significant part of Glennon’s journey to self-discovery. Values family, but his and Glennon’s diverging paths lead to their divorce.



Authenticity: The central theme where Glennon learns to shed the roles and expectations that society has placed upon her. Her affair with Abby serves as the catalytic moment for her true self-emergence.

Feminism: The book critiques societal norms and conventions that have traditionally oppressed women. Glennon leaves her traditional marriage to pursue a life less ordinary, more extraordinary.

Self-Discovery: Through her own journey, Glennon invites readers to engage in their quests for their authentic selves. Her battles with bulimia and divorce serve as waypoints on her road to self-discovery.

Breaking Free from Societal Norms: Glennon challenges traditional constructs around marriage, sexuality, and womanhood. She divorces her husband and marries a woman, thereby breaking free from societal expectations.

Love and Relationships: The evolution of love is explored in different forms—romantic, platonic, and self-love. Glennon’s relationship with Abby represents love that is unbound by society’s definitions.

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