“Her ability to put words to her feelings and experiences is absolutely incredible,” I told my husband. “She truly has a gift.”
Love Warrior is an epic, and just like the ancient oral traditions, it reads like a poem retelling Glennon Doyle’s battle through bulimia, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and infidelity. I couldn’t put it down.
I could pull hundreds of quotes from the book that popped from the page screaming, “Remember me!” This will be a book I reread numerous times. In times of despair, Doyle reaches for a pen. Words are the balm for her aching soul. Thankfully, she is willing to share them with us.
“What I Know:
1. What you don’t know, you’re not supposed to know yet.
2. More will be revealed.
3 Crisis means to sift. Let it all fall away and you’ll be left with what matters.
4.What matters most cannot be taken away.
5. Just do the next right thing one thing at a time. That’ll take you all the way home.”
As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression throughout my life, every word, every phrase struck a chord. Anxiety and depression don’t want a fight, they are a cue for rest – your body’s way of telling you that you have gone too far.
“I’m trying to fix my pain with certainty, as if I’m one right choice away from relief. I’m stuck in anxiety quicksand: The harder I try to climb my way out, the lower I sink. The only way to survive is to make no sudden movements, to get comfortable with discomfort, and to find peace without answers.”
Doyle has a new book coming out in March, and I will be devouring her second book in preparation. I can’t believe it took this long for me to open Love Warrior, but it was certainly worth the wait.