The Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
I don't honestly remember where I heard about this book but it's absolutely one of the most courageous books. It is unflinching and contemplative in some ways, but with the most recent news of the author coming out (no pun intended), I'm not sure how thoroughly contemplative the author was (although of course, much could have changed since the book was published). It did, however, motivate me to be a better and more authentic person at the time that I read it.
The author, Glennon, deals with a number of hot button issues: body image, substance abuse, you name it. How one person could deal with all of the issues at once is beyond me. However, the overarching theme is love - love of self, love of family, love of others. Glennon ultimately decides to love herself enough to put the work in to make herself a better person and to silence the harsh self critic. I found that she was engaging and insightful during her memoir. I wonder, though, what will happen when her children are old enough to read the book - will they feel uncomfortable with how much she shared? What about her parents? Were they on board with this?
Melton recently announced that she and soccer star Abby Wambach are engaged and will be getting married. I am genuinely happy for her and for Abby because both women have gone through many, many struggles.