Carry on, Warrior –thoughts on life unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton is my latest library book.
It’s also my recent assault material.
Ever had a book that you felt COMPELLED to share with those around you? Even when it might result the next day in one parent commenting to the other parent, “I couldn’t really hear the news last night because people were talking.”
And by “people were talking” said parent meant that I kept laughing out loud and then doing a dramatic reading from Carry On. Hello, this is the nature of being compelled. I can not help myself!
And as to the news. No surprises there. There was weather, sports were played, laws were broken, an animal somewhere bit or helped someone. Wouldn’t you rather hear a dramatic reading from a hilarious book?!
Apparently not everyone would.
At the same time I am reading Madame Bovary for a book group that meets the first Tuesday of every month. I now feel compelled to tell you I hate Madame Bovary. The person, that is. The book, also, not so great.
Herein lies the difference — Madame Bovary is shallow and selfish. She has affairs, financially ruins her family, ignores her child, and is so self focused it was a slug fest to finish the book.You know it’s bad when you’re relieved that arsenic was used to end a life. OK, so maybe I’m shallow too.
Glennon Melton, on the other hand, was shallow, selfish, bulimic, a drunk, and utterly messed up when she found out she was pregnant, married the dad and started a slug fest towards a brutiful life. (Her word for the beauty and brutality God weaves together in life).
And is hilarious.
Case in point. She’s not that into house keeping or cooking (she had me at “not that into cooking”). She stopped vacuuming the day she realized her daughter’s doll stroller left vacuum-like lines on the rug, so to “vacuum” she had her daughter push the stroller around the room, while supervising from the coach, until her husband noticed that the freshly vacuumed carpet always had dirt and lint embedded.
Demonstrating that he, can smell a bluff a mile away, Melton’s husband, Craig, bought her a new vacuum to replace the “malfunctioning” one.
Melton told her daughter the new vacuum was “brand-new, big-girl stroller.” With an engine. And taught her to push the vacuum around the room, baby on board.
If you are in need of a good laugh and knowing someone is “singing with you” in the mess of life, I recommend Carry On, Warrior.
And because I want you to have the joy of stalking someone you know, I’m giving away a copy of the book! Take that Madame Bovary, you life sucker you.
To be eligible to win the book, leave a comment and either share why you need a good laugh now OR the last book you could. not. help. yourself. and you too, became a book stalker. Winner will be selected Friday!