Glennon Doyle Melton

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Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Doyle at the 2015 Annual Conference of Mental Health America
Born Glennon Doyle
(1976-03-20) March 20, 1976 (age 42)
Burke, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Author, public speaker
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater

Craig Melton (2004–2016)

Abby Wambach (2017–present)
Children 3

Glennon Doyle (born on March 20, 1976) is an author, activist, philanthropist, creator of the online community Momastery,[1] and founder and president of Together Rising,[2] a nonprofit for women and children in crisis. Her works include Love Warrior (Flatiron, 2016),[3] a No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir[4] and Oprah Book Club Pick,[5] and New York Times Bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior (Scribner, 2012). Her writing has been featured in Reader's Digest,[6] Woman's Day,[7] and Family Circle,[8] and she has appeared on The Today Show,[9] The Meredith Vieira Show[10] and the #OWNSHOW.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Glennon Doyle was born in Burke, Virginia and comes from a close family that includes one sister, Amanda Doyle. She writes and speaks frequently about early struggles with bulimia and addiction. In her 2013 TEDx talk, Lessons from the Mental Hospital,[12] she discusses time spent in a mental hospital when she was a teen. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at James Madison University in 1998 and became a teacher in Northern Virginia. During her time at James Madison University, she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.[13]


Doyle's online writing career began in 2009, with the creation of her blog, Momastery. The funny, conversational and tell-all nature of her writing quickly gained popularity. Viral blog posts[14] beginning with "2011 Lesson #2: Don't Carpe Diem"[15] led to the publication of her memoir, Carry On, Warrior and the growth of her social media audience. In 2013, Carry On, Warrior received the Books for a Better Life Best Relationship Award[16][17] and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for "Best Memoir & Autobiography"[18] In 2014, Parents Magazine named Doyle and Momastery the winner of its award for Best All-Around at Social Media.[19] Doyle has also become a professional public speaker.[20]

In her own words, Doyle describes her career and life philosophy like this:

"Life is brutal. But it's also beautiful. Brutiful, I call it. Life's brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can't be separated. Reject the brutal, reject the beauty. So now I embrace both, and I live well and hard and real. My job is to wake up every day, say yes to life's invitation, and let millions of women watch me get up off the floor, walk, stumble, and get back up again."

In September 2016, Doyle's book Love Warrior was selected to be a part of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Doyle was married to former model Craig Melton from 2002 to 2016.[22] They have three children: a son, Chase, and two daughters, Tish and Amma. Doyle moved from Centreville, Virginia to Naples, Florida.[23]

In November 2016, Doyle announced that she was in a relationship with Abby Wambach.[24] In February 2017, they announced their engagement,[25] and they married on May 14, 2017.[26]


  1. ^ "Momastery". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Home – Together Rising". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Love Warrior". Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Oprah Talks to Love Warrior Author Glennon Doyle Melton". Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ Doyle Melton, Glennon (June 2014). "One Teacher's Brilliant Strategy to Stop Bullying". Reader's Digest. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Doyle Melton, Glennon (September 2013). "How to Stop Making Excuses". Women's Day. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Doyle Melton, Glennon (May 2014). "Disney Princesses and the True Meaning of Love Bullying". Family Circle. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ My family hits the lottery every freaking morning The Today Show.
  10. ^ Mom Panel The Meredith Vieira Show.
  11. ^ From Hitting Rock Bottom to Finding Yourself
  12. ^ Lessons from the Mental Hospital Tedx.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Viral Posts Archives – Momastery". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ "2011 Lesson No. 2 : Don't Carpe Diem". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  16. ^ Books for a Better Life 2013 Award Winners National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  17. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Best Memoir & Autobiography 2013 – Goodreads Choice Awards". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ " 2014 Social Media Awards". Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Glennon Doyle Melton". January 16, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ Stevens, Heidi (September 6, 2016). "That new Oprah Book Club pick, 'Love Warrior?' It's really good". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  22. ^ "I need to tell you something – Momastery". Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Her marriage was the jewel in her blog universe. Then she found out her husband was cheating". Washington Post. 
  24. ^ Shellnut, Kate (November 14, 2016). "A Christian mom blogger announces she's dating soccer star Abby Wambach". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  25. ^ Braziller, Zach (February 20, 2017). "Soccer legend Abby Wambach engaged to Christian mom blogger". New York Post. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Abby Wambach marries Glennon Doyle". Outsports. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 

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