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
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!!!
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.
this wonderful memior was the best I've ever read. its well written and was a great in site into the real Abby. Abby, thank you for sharing your story and the true you.
I am a huge women's soccer fan. I have always felt you needed to be a bit crazy to play soccer at this level for so many years but I never thought they had a confidence problem as well. Abby opens her whole self in this book. She shares that even at the height of her career she was still a scared 9 year old girl wanting the "that a girl" moment from her mom.
This book is her journey on becoming who she is now and not the best soccer player in the world. So non-soccer fans would enjoy reading this as well. Being the soccer that I am, I would have liked hearing more about soccer Abby and her relationships with her teammates and coaches than her personal relationships.
It was a long journey for Abby to become the woman she is now. I applauded her.
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 ...
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