Carry On, Warrior :: Summer Book Club

I have something to tell you and it involves three miracles that happened to me, all in one day.

Three miracles, one book club.

There is a really special art supply store in Atlanta called Binders. I go there when I need a pick-me-up in the form of a pretty pen, a fresh notebook or hand-spun wrapping paper that is way too nice to actually ever use as wrapping paper. About two months ago, I found myself in Binders. I felt discouraged and adrift and lost, as a mom. I don’t remember exactly what happened, but it was something like this: I work, but I also stay home with my toddler, and I felt like I flunked both completely, that day.

The first miracle.

I have been going to Binders since I was very small. Like, seven-years-old.

I have never, in my entire life, run into anyone I know at Binders. That day, I ran into someone I know, who was in town from Athens, Georgia. We spoke our polite greetings and she mentioned she was in town to hear an author speak. She and her friends drove two hours, and took a full day off from their duties as wives and moms and employees and entrepreneurs, to see this writer. My ears perked up. An author, speaking here in Atlanta? “Who?” I asked. It was a woman I’d never heard of:

Glennon Doyle Melton.


The second miracle.

The Glennon talk sold out the cavernous, vaulted sanctuary of a popular Methodist church the very day it went on sale. But, I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a ticket.

And a dozen women, most of whom I don’t know, pitched in to help me find a ticket.

People tagged their friend who might have a ticket, told me about a neighbor selling hers who they could call on my behalf, or another post that may result in a ticket. Female friends and strangers jumped in to help me find a ticket – and I found one, and I went.

The third miracle.

Thousands of women streamed into the church. I walked in, alone, to see Glennon, who I’d never heard of until earlier that day.

Who did I run into before even entering the building? The same friend, who I ran into at Binders, earlier that day. We laughed that I’d found a ticket and that the chance meeting was clearly meant to get to me to this church on time.

And (maybe this is the fourth miracle), she invited me to sit with their group of friends. Being included feels very good.

  • “God approaches us in the disguise of other people.” – Glennon

Glennon’s talk was an 11 out of 10.

My best friend, from college, Henriette, and I decided to read Carry On, Warrior together and talk about it.

But then, last week, it hit me…

We could ALL read the book, ALL together in a summer book club!! (Sign up here!)

Henriette and I are going to lead a book club, which will basically be two girlfriends talking about a book we’ve been wanting to read for a while – and you are invited to hang out with us.


Glennon is all about “sistering.” This term means, basically, coming together, as women, and supporting each other just by standing together, just by witnessing each other’s lives and triumphs and pain.

I had all kinds of help from women along the way to simply go to her event.

So, let’s read (or, re-read) Glennon’s book and do some sistering, together.

Share our opinions, share our stories, share our frustrations and triumphs, that day.

It will be so much fun and you should absolutely join us.

The Summer Book Club: Carry On, Warrior will be on Wednesdays at 2pm EST, for six weeks starting on Wednesday, May 25th.

This bookclub is for all women: lonely and happy and lost and grounded and moms and single women.

  • “People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help.” – Glennon

Plus, we’ve decided to do this summer bookclub without charging anyone. Because: why not?

(And while I hope everyone who can will attend, because this is all about a conversation among other women, and I want to hear your glorious opinion, the calls will also be recorded and sent out to the group.)

Sign up here.

See you this summer.

xo Laurie + Henriette

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