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
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.
Candid view behind the scenes of a sporting legend
Writers performing their own material is almost always a superior experience than a different performer, especially for autobiographies. Abby's vocal fry was pronounced and very difficult to get past ...
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!!!
So raw and real. it took courage to write this. Thank you Abby for being so honest and open about your struggles. This book let's people know that everyone struggles but you can get past it. You can get back up.
Starts out with a bang and ends in a whimper.
Sad story of someone who talks a big game but has no idea who she is. Very sad. I have no idea how she will possibly stay sober. A real tragic story because she is obviously very very talented and naturally charismatic.
Really loved the fact that the author was the narrator
the inspiration that was provided by the story
Yes, it made me very close to tears several times throughout the story
I loved the book. I am only 3 years older than Abby and played collegiate soccer and basketball. I am also a Gemini :). It was so amazing to hear Abby put herself out there and share her life with us. That takes a lot and it shows that everybody makes mistakes we are all human! She will always be an inspiration to women's soccer and to women's rights!
Her letter to the Olympic Team was she was out on injury.
We love you Abby!! The best of luck in everything you do!
To the point and well written. You get the story behind the headlines and a look at how she thinks about certain people and life.
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