Glennon Melton of Momastery’s Book ‘Carry On, Warrior’ Hits #5–and It’s Not Even Out Yet!

Every once in a while, a writer turns up who is just that special. This is definitely the case with Glennon Doyle Melton, blogger at Momastery. She’s a hit because everything she writes runs deep and true–and makes us laugh. (You may remember her famous blog, Don’t Carpe Diem.) It’s no wonder that her upcoming book, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, went to #5 #4 on Amazon this week–and it doesn’t even come out until April.

How can that happen? You have to be that special person who can move your (many, many) fans to pre-order. And that’s just what Melton did. Read her thoughts below on how her gangbuster week has been going. And listen to her wise advice: She thinks we moms should Forgive Ourselves Everyday. Melton is brilliant. Don’t miss her wit and wisdom below:

KK: Congrats on your pre-sales! How surprised were you at your early success?
GDM: I was shocked and awed. The Monkees of the Momastery (my readers) are mountain movers.

KK: What are you doing to celebrate?
GDM: There are two rugs on my bathroom floor that my dogs have peed on. When I heard that Carry On, Warrior hit the Amazon top five bestseller list, I drove straight to Target and bought two new rugs. I brought them home, laid them down, and my dogs immediately peed on those. Now I have four peed on bath rugs, which I suppose is what I deserve for celebrating so excessively.

KK: How do you juggle your writing (blogs, books) with motherhood? Do you have any advice for moms of young kids who are chasing their own dreams?
GDM: I am one of those really bad jugglers who keeps hitting other people and her own feet with the balls. I juggle poorly and clumsily and I make a hundred big and small mistakes every day. I disappoint people and I forget birthday parties and I miss deadlines. Motherhood, whether I’m with my kids all day or not, is just impossibly hard for me. I don’t think that means I’m doing it wrong, though. I think it’s just hard. Thankfully, we can do hard things. My advice is to forgive yourself over and over again forever and ever. 

KK: In two sentences, what is your hot new book about?
GDM: Carry On, Warrior is about what life can be like when we come out of hiding and become shameless truth tellers. It’s about how brutal and beautiful are recovery, marriage, parenthood, friendship and faith.

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  1. by Cassie

    On January 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Was one of the lucky readers to win two copies of this book in advance and I can honestly say she deserves every pre-order she’s getting! Monkees do move mountains, but we all need a reason to do so and Glennon helps give us that!

  2. by Kate

    On January 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Somehow in this vast wide wide web of a world, Glennon has created a space where people can connect – whether it is with her astute observations on life and parenting (I literally say ‘whack-a-mole nightly!) or simply with another follower. I have never pre-ordered a book, but bought 3 — one for me and one for each of my sisters!

  3. by Candace

    On January 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I try to figure things out, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Glennon can’t be puzzled: she is simply a really great writer, and a fellow mom, who is truly fearless in her willingness to put herself out there in order to deliver the message that we women have to support and encourage each other if we are going to keep our collective sanity. I also adore the fact that she has such self-deprecating wit. I would say Glennon is the next Oprah–but Glennon is much more grounded than that. She would not want to clean a mansion that big.

  4. by bunchkel

    On January 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Shouldn’t a writer for Publisher’s Weekly know the phrase is “Every once in a while”?

  5. by Allison

    On January 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Cassie, I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy too. I feel like it really changed my heart and mind, in little ways, while making me laugh the whole time. I found myself thinking “me too!” as I turned pages. We CAN do hard things. Love her! Love the book!

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