Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Melton




Let me start by saying, I’ve waited on this book from the moment I stumbled across, exactly one year, and 86 days ago. Which, ironically, is before the author found out she would be writing the book in the first place. Or at least before she told us Monkees. So, to say I was excited when TLC Book Tours asked me to review it, ON ITS BIRTHDAY, is a gross understatement. Oh, and when I figured out that request involved getting an Advance Reader’s Edition copy, directly from the publisher, Scribner Books…well, I peed a little. Okay, a lot. Then I told all my friends…or anyone who would listen. So this is a big deal for me folks, because I am about to give y’all my 2 cents on  Carry On, WarriorThoughts on Life Unarmed, the first book written by my girl crush blogging idol, Glennon Doyle Melton. A woman who has, unknowingly, changed my life.

Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton


I’ve read the book twice already.

Back to back, in fact. It’s that good.

Lucky for me, the copy I pre-ordered before I was asked to review it will be here today, because the second time through, I read with a yellow highlighter in my hand, marking all my favorite passages along the way. Now it looks like SpongeBob Squarepants puked in it. Of course, that’s the copy I will be taking with me to be autographed when I meet Glennon in a couple of weeks on her in real life book tour  for this magnificent baby. I can hardly wait!

Now, those of you who already follow Momastery, and no doubt, love Glennon as much as I, are aware of what a gifted storyteller she is, and what this book is all about… Love Wins. We Can Do Hard Things. Life is Brutiful. For those who aren’t familiar, (Hello? Where have you been?) it’s a collection of essays on facing life’s challenges– relationships, parenting, faith, addictions, fears–told with such authenticity, humor, forgiveness and bravery, you’ll no doubt find yourself nodding in agreement and/or recognition more than a few times. For me, page after glorious page delivered a shiny new gem, I not only identified with, but heard myself telling in my own voice. It’s almost as if she crawled inside my head and dipped her pen into the inkwell of my brain. I’ve read hundreds of books in my 41 years, and I can honestly say this is the very first time that every single word my eyes fell upon resonated so deeply I cried…at the sheer realization that someone ‘really gets me’. Funny that it’s a virtual stranger, huh? But really, she’s not. If you look closely enough, parts of her are inside all of us, and to quote another Monkee mantra: We Belong To Each Other.

So there.

Anyway, I could gush like Old Faithful, going on forever, because when I’m passionate about something…I can’t shut up. But I’ll save you from that, and simply make a suggestion with a promise:

Read the book. You will not be sorry.

Oh, and when you do…because I have faith in at least your curiosity getting the best of you and compelling you to follow my advice…here are some of MY favorite essays from the book (in no particular order):


Lucky Seven

In Case of Emergency

A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On

Don’t Carpe Diem


On Profanity

Every essay in the last section of the book, appropriately titled “Letting Go” 

Now, to make this easier for you, I’m allowed to give away ONE COPY of Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed  to a very lucky winner, compliments of TLC Book Tours and Scribner Books. So here are the rules. Pay close attention, because there will be a couple of hoops to jump through to qualify:

1. You must go over to my Facebook page and ‘Like’ it.

2. You must leave a comment there that says either, “Love Wins, We Can Do Hard Things, or We Belong to Each Other”. Of course, feel free to comment here too…but just to show me some love 🙂

The contest will close on Friday, April 5th at 12am, PST. From the official entries on The Calibamamom FB Page, a winner will be chosen at random, announced here and there,  and notified via email, within a few days of the closing of the contest. 

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  1. What an awesome review! I can’t wait to read it!!! xo

  2. Nicely done! I preordered the book long ago and it should be in the mailbox sometime today! I just hope the crazy kids I have will let me crack the spine sometime today!!!

  3. I have no doubt that this book touched you in this way. One if my best friends turned me on to her a while back …I love it that broken people can teach us the most (not the ones that tell you how great they are on FB… That’s gets me no where and bores the ever living shit out of me) So, I will buy and read and appreciate… Can’t wait!

    • calibamamom says

      I so agree with what you say. Broken people have the most to share, and the most hope to offer–especially if they are healed, and proudly displaying their battle scars like badges of honor. You will love the book. Promise. xo

  4. I am so excited for you! It’s so beautiful that you have connected with her, and share it with all of us. 🙂

  5. I LOVE your enthusiasm for this book! I featured your review on our Facebook page this morning. Thank you so much for being on the tour!

    • calibamamom says

      It was absolutely my pleasure! THANK YOU for asking me to be a part. Today is my favorite day of 2013 so far!!!

  6. Mary Lynn Clem says

    I can’t wait to read the book. You always make me smile!!!

  7. Wow, sounds like this book was the PERFECT fit for you! I love it when that happens. 🙂

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  8. Saw her presentation, yesterday, on The Talk with Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood. Nothing but heart breaking, heart opening, heart growing (an enlarged heart can be a goodthing too!) and heart warming. I couldn’t scribble notes fast enough. This is a perfect man-book!…perfect for all us soldiers; for each one of us weary warriors. Forever forward. I’m ordering my copy today.



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