Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation's heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women's rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies.
In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, and losses and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach's book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling with universal questions about how we can live our best lives and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.
©2016 Abby Wambach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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Having Abby read her own story to me was amazing and far better, I expect, that simply reading her words. I felt like I was sitting down with her most of the time and participating in her memories and troubles.
Hearing Abby's struggles with self and addiction was very touching and memorable. It showed how even the best of us have deep inner conflicts.
I loved the introduction, when Abby sent us, full throttle, into her turbulent insides where she faced a loss of the one unifying element of her life - soccer - and how she would survive without it. I found myself asking (aloud), "Why can't you play in an amateur league so as to stay in the game. It wasn't until much later did I find out it's not the love of the game that keeps her going in and of itself. It spoke again to deep conflict.
I found myself talking back to the recording many times, as if I could communicate with the author through the audiobook. That's how intimate it felt to me.
I absolutely adored this book and the reading of it. Thank you Ms. Wambach. You've done a great service to all of us as well as to Women's soccer, which is probably the greatest sport the world has to offer. Thank you!!!
"Damn Abby... Thank you"
I've followed Abby for years but never knew what lies beneath the surface until now. What a wonderful memoir and narration of the book. Anyone who's a USWNT and especially an Abby Wambach fan will love this. This book inspired me, broke my heart, contain parallels of my own life and left me feeling strange. I feel as though Abby has been telling me personally her story for the past few hours. Excellent. Just, excellent.
"More to offer..."
The story is okay...left me feeling she has so much more to offer. The message could be written more powerfully. Less anger and more hope.
"Great read for any athlete"
Incredible woman, incredible book. I'm inspired by her honesty and humility. Every athlete should read this, male or female.
"Great book for so many"
What a great read and amazing story. This story can resonate with so many people.
Kudos to Abby Wambach for putting it all out there. Hearing it in her own voice made all the difference-- I actually feel like I've known her all my life, instead of only 3 hours and not ever having met her in person before. Will definitely recommend this book to my friends!
"I listened more than once"
Abby Wambach isn't just an athlete, she's a person, and an extremely intelligent one at that. I have been a huge fan of hers for the last few years and this book made my admiration for her soar ever further. This book gives you insight to every aspect of her life and how she has overcome trials that you can relate to in some way, shape, or form. As I listened, many times I had to just stop and think, "wow, she is so right". It was overwhelming how many things I felt I could relate to and I never got the chance to play soccer. In summation, this book is for everyone. Any person could get something out of this book. I love that she took the time to narrate it herself too. Abby Wambach, I salute you.
"a little too self-deprecating"
really struggled to get through. the first half she was nothing but negative about herself and although she started to become more likeable in the 2nd half of the book it still never painted a very good picture of her. I came away wishing I could see more of the Abby that people love and respect.
also the book felt more like a list of events then a story. Sometimes events were spaced out by months or years without any indication and so it could be very hard to follow what was going on.
and she never really developed other people in the book so it felt like everyone in her life was the same 2-dimensional person she mentioned in the previous paragraph/page/chapter.
"Heart on the table."
So good ...I've listened twice already. Perfectly Imperfect. Incredible truth telling. Well written, well read.
Listening to Abby relate her story and how she has fought to overcome her additions was inspiring.
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