Big Beautiful Brutal World

In a 17-minute TEDx, Glennon Doyle Melton offers a story as a recovering alcoholic, bulimic and drug user that has already explained to almost four million viewers about how shame and pretense and all the false defenses we create in a world that is dominated by “Super Hero Tapes” which are really detours from mental health and thriving.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant. Making the unknown, known, is important.

Georgia O’Keefe

How well survivors understand shame and working not to be known. Melton’s story is about beauty in a brutal world.

Melton has come to believe that life is equal parts beautiful and brutal, or “brutiful,” to be found in marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery. Her wit, courage and irreverence blend to advocate for self-acceptance while moving into bolder action and service to find joy.

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life.

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