I am an avid reader and writer.
It is what I do.
It is what I have always done.
How I Escape
How I Learn
How I Exist in the World
Until I got sick! Dealing with a chronic illness has been tough but nothing I have faced has been quite as disorienting or disheartening as losing my ability, to at times no longer be able to read, to write, or even be able to find my words. They say this can be caused by many different factors and luckily none of them last forever. So, I am able to finagle my way around my new world, frustrating as it is.
I am a paper girl, to me there is Holiness in a book. To hold it, to smell it, to highlight, and to write in its margins. For me, books are like the rabbit in the book, The Velveteen Rabbit. You only know books are real when they are tattered, that is how you know they have been really loved, how you know they have touched the soul of the person who reads them. So, transferring over to the kindle has been difficult, even though I know it is better for the planet. Audiobooks are only something I do when I am traveling and don’t want to have to talk to fellow travelers, that was, until recently. Audiobooks have become a lifeline for those times when my eyes aren’t processing the information I am reading properly. Which leads me to my current book.
by Glennon Doyle Melton
I chose this book because Anna Kunnecke, one of the most badass women I have ever met and I look up to recommended it and I thought why not give it a try. So I ordered it. Within 2 pages Glennon, had me looking around my bedroom, wondering who had told her my dirty secrets and who told her she could tell them in such a public forum. Here was a woman, I had never met, telling a story not too different from my own. Not only did I purchase this book in paper form, I also purchased this as an audiobook. Originally, just so that I could listen when my head hurt. Now, I do it so that I can hear her tell her story, in her voice. There is this power in her words, when they are being told by her.
I have to confess I haven’t finished the book yet! That is how amazing this book is! I had to stop reading and share it with you.
I have become so entranced by what I have read I did something I have NEVER done before, I contacted the author. I have read thousands of books and I have NEVER written to an author. The thought has crossed my mind but NEVER before finishing it. There is just so much meat in the book, so much I want to dissect and to talk about, my heart overtook my mind and I just started writing.
The Truths told, so far, in Love Warrior, are Truths that are UNIVERSAL TRUTHS for most women. All of our stories may not look identical but they are so very similar. Who hasn’t been hurt? Who hasn’t hurt someone? Who hasn’t been raw? Who hasn’t been afraid? Who hasn’t been brave even when they didn’t feel like it? Haven’t we all felt like we didn’t belong? Haven’t we all tried to fit in?
The more I read, the more I think, the more I realize, WOMEN ARE AMAZING!!! Every person walking around has had to come from the womb of a woman! I mean think about it. Think of the enormity of what I just said, every single person has been feed, nourished, protected by a woman’s body. Then they have made the miraculous journey from the safety of the woman’s womb into the uncertainty, dangerous, beauty of this world.
Yet, as women we are treated by others and often by ourselves as something so much less then. We play small, letting others, usually men take the leading role in our lives. Why do we do this? Why do we settle for just enough? I have some ideas but those are still percolating.
I have no idea where the reading of this book will lead me. I will tell you I have reread the first chapter 6 times. Each time, I read it I cry. I cry for all the things I didn’t know, for all the things I am learning, for all the things I have yet to learn.The beauty of this is, I know those tears are watering the seeds of lessons growing in my soul. And from those seeds Trees of Knowledge will grow so that I can share my truth, the truths I have read, and the Universal Truths that we as women carry.
I encourage you to get your own copy of Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton and read it along with me.
Also, I am in a book club that is meeting, via the phone to talk about it so if you would like to join in on that go here:
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