Glennon Doyle

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Glennon Doyle
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Doyle presenting at the 2015 Annual Conference of Mental Health America in Alexandria, Virginia
Born (1976-03-20) March 20, 1976 (age 46)
Other namesGlennon Doyle Melton
Alma materJames Madison University
  • Author
  • public speaker
Craig Melton
(m. 2004; div. 2016)

(m. 2017)
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Glennon Doyle (born March 20, 1976) is an American author and activist known for her #1 New York Times bestsellers Untamed, Love Warrior, and Carry On, Warrior.[1][2] Doyle is also the creator of the online community Momastery,[3] and is the founder and president of Together Rising,[4] an all-women-led nonprofit organization supporting women, families, and children in crisis.[1][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Doyle was born in Burke, Virginia, and was raised with one sister, Amanda Doyle.[6] She writes and speaks frequently about early struggles with bulimia and addiction. In her 2013 TEDx talk "Lessons from the Mental Hospital,"[7] she discusses time spent in a mental hospital when she was a teenager. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at James Madison University in 1999.[8] Following graduation, she became a teacher in Northern Virginia.[9]


In 2009, Doyle began writing online with her blog Momastery as a way to share "a look at her life as a progressive Christian raising three children."[10] This was the start of her writing career and led to her first book, a memoir titled Carry On, Warrior, in 2013.[1] This book unifies faith with themes of honesty and authenticity, but her subsequent writings shift further away from having a core religious focus.[11][12]

In 2016, a follow-up memoir, Love Warrior was released. In September 2016, it was selected to be a part of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.[13]

A third memoir, Untamed, was published in 2020. [14] In April 2020, the book was selected to be a part of Reese Witherspoon's Reese's Book Club (Hello Sunshine • Book Club).[15][16]

Untamed has sold more than two million copies as of February 2021.[10] A television series based on Untamed is being developed by J. J. Abrams’s production company,[17] with Sarah Paulson expected to be the lead.[18] Sarah Paulson was the only actress to audition for the role, and Doyle said Paulson is the perfect actress to play her because she is "somebody who is a transformational actor, who is in touch with the world and involved in everything we care about, and who is queer".[19]

In May 2021, Doyle launched a podcast titled We Can Do Hard Things. This podcast stars Doyle's wife, Abby Wambach and sister, Amanda.[20] It carries similar themes to Untamed.[20]

Doyle has also made several appearances on the Together Live Tour, created by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. The Together Live Tour is a storytelling event aimed at connecting communities and helping each other find purpose.[21] Doyle has appeared on this tour alongside Latham Thomas, Connie Britton, and Sophia Bush.[22]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2014, Parents magazine named Doyle and Momastery the winner of its award for Best All-Around at Social Media.[23] In 2021, Doyle was included in the Fast Company Queer 50 list.[24]

Doyle appears on Oprah's SuperSoul 100, .[25][26]

She has additionally been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine,[27] The Atlantic,[28] Newsweek,[29] and Glamour,[30] and has also appeared on multiple talk shows.[31][32]

Her online following doubled after the release of her third memoir, Untamed.[33] She has 2 million followers on Instagram,[34] and 319 thousand on Twitter.[35]


Doyle founded Together Rising, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an effective date of May 25, 2012.[36] As of December 2020, Together Rising has raised over $25 million for people in need.[37] Together Rising exists to "transform collective heartbreak into effective action." Most of Together Rising’s funds are raised through time-limited crowd-sourced fund-raisers in which contributors are limited to giving a maximum of $25 to meet a particular need.[38] This strategy is designed to build community, to enable people from all income groups to be able to donate ("democratize the giving"), and overcome indecision about how much to give.[39]

In 2020, Doyle became a co-owner of the Angel City Football Club in Los Angeles, California.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Doyle was married to Craig Melton, a former model, from 2002 to 2016;[41] and they have three children. The family moved from Centreville, Virginia, to Naples, Florida.[42]

Doyle met Abby Wambach on a book tour.[43][6] In November 2016, Doyle announced that she was in a relationship with Wambach;[44] they married on May 14, 2017.[45] They moved to Hermosa Beach, California in 2021, purchasing a $6.5 million home.[46][47]

Doyle, Wambach and Melton currently "co-parent" the three children and she states that they all have family dinners together.[48]

Published works[edit]

  • Doyle, Glennon (2020). Untamed. Dial Press. ISBN 978-1984801258.
  • Doyle, Glennon (2016). Love Warrior. Flatiron Books. ISBN 978-1250075727.
  • Doyle, Glennon (2013). Carry On, Warrior. Scribner. ISBN 978-1451697247. [1]


  1. ^ a b c Elisabeth Egan (March 5, 2020). "A Third Glennon Doyle Memoir? Yes, and Here's Why - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ America, Good Morning. "'Untamed,' a new memoir by Glennon Doyle, helps women find their voice". Good Morning America. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Shellnutt, Kate (February 19, 2017). "A Christian mom blogger announces she's engaged to soccer star Abby Wambach". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Team". Together Rising. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Kantrowitz, Jessica (March 4, 2019). "The Nonprofit Organizations Supporting Family Reunification". Sojourners ( Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Myers, Marc (March 10, 2020). "Glennon Doyle Knew She Was Different. Abby Wambach Helped Her See It". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 18, 2020 – via
  7. ^ Lessons from the Mental Hospital Tedx.
  8. ^ Polglase, Paula (November 21, 2013). "Alumna speaker Glennon Doyle Melton: truth teller and hope spreader". James Madison University.
  9. ^ Barrett, Ruth S. (May 24, 2017). "The Gospel According To Glennon". Elle.
  10. ^ a b Levy, Ariel. "Glennon Doyle's Honesty Gospel". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Maran, Meredith (March 24, 2021). "Glennon Doyle doesn't work alone: The 'Untamed' author and agent Margaret Riley King discuss their creative process". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ Stein, Leigh (March 5, 2021). "The Empty Religions of Instagram". New York Times.
  13. ^ Stevens, Heidi (September 6, 2016). "That new Oprah Book Club pick, 'Love Warrior?' It's really good". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Reilly, Nick (August 20, 2020). "Adele praises self-help book for changing her life: "It will make your soul scream"". NME. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  15. ^ "Book Club". Hello Sunshine. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020 – via
  16. ^ Glennon Doyle (April 1, 2020). "Glennon Doyle Asks Us to "Feel it All" in 'UNTAMED' The author of our April book pick shares what she's learned on her journey to becoming Untamed". Hello Sunshine. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020 – via
  17. ^ White, Peter (August 6, 2020). "Bad Robot Adapting Glennon Doyle's Memoir 'Untamed' For TV With 'Little Voice' Showrunner Jessie Nelson". Deadline. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  18. ^ Shatto, Rachel (February 9, 2022). "Sarah Paulson Is Set to Star as Glennon Doyle in the Untamed TV Series". Advocate.
  19. ^ "Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach Want You to Know We Can Still Do Hard Things". Vanity Fair. May 11, 2022. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  20. ^ a b "Home". We Can Do Hard Things - The Podcast. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  21. ^ "10 Things You Need to Know About the Together Live Tour". Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  22. ^ "The Together Live Tour Is Back To Celebrate Diverse Female Voices & Inspire Women To Take Action". Bustle. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  23. ^ " 2014 Social Media Awards". Archived from the original on August 7, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  24. ^ "Announcing Fast Company's second annual Queer 50 list". Fast Company. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  25. ^ "SuperSoul 100: The Complete List". Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  26. ^ Friedman, Ann (April 2018). "Glennon Doyle is Coming to Get the White Women". The Cut.
  27. ^ "How Glennon Doyle Followed Her Truth—and Why You Should Too". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  28. ^ "What Is the Most Interesting Family in History?". The Atlantic. November 15, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  29. ^ EST, Chantal Da Silva On 3/6/19 at 12:00 PM (March 6, 2019). "ICE accused of detaining separated parents trying to reunify with children". Newsweek. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  30. ^ Kramer, Jillian (October 2, 2019). "How Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Built a Happy, Modern Marriage on Their Terms". Glamour. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  31. ^ Doyle, Glennon (August 28, 2014). "'My family hits the lottery every freaking morning:' Blogger gives kitchen a gratitude makeover". The Today Show.
  32. ^ "Oprah's Book Club: "Love Warrior"". CBS News. September 6, 2016.
  33. ^ "Glennon Doyle's Honesty Gospel". The New Yorker. February 5, 2021. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  34. ^ "Glennon Doyle (@glennondoyle) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  35. ^ Twitter Retrieved August 1, 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ "Details about together rising". Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  37. ^ "Glennon Doyle and Biden Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon on Politics, Motherhood, and Doing Hard Things". Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  38. ^ "What We're About – Together Rising". Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  39. ^ "Glennon Doyle's untamed life". ABC Radio. June 20, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  40. ^ Leiker, Emily (July 24, 2021). "Two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach says USWNT is 'allowed to have a bad day'". USA Today.
  41. ^ "I need to tell you something". Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  42. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (September 7, 2016). "Her Marriage Was the Jewel in Her Blog Universe. Then She Found Out Her Husband Was Cheating". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  43. ^ "Wambach reflects on tumultuous first post-playing year". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  44. ^ Shellnut, Kate (November 14, 2016). "A Christian mom blogger announces she's dating soccer star Abby Wambach". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  45. ^ "Abby Wambach marries Glennon Doyle". Outsports. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  46. ^ McClain, James (July 21, 2021). "Soccer Legend Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle Buy All-New Hermosa Beach Mansion, Sell Waterfront Florida Home". Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  47. ^ Foxman, Ariel (May 24, 2022). "Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach Share Their California Home". Architectural Digest.
  48. ^ "So, your spouse comes out as gay. What now?". Retrieved August 1, 2022.

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