Abby Wambach's favorite reads of 2020

Erin Kodicek on January 19, 2021

Abby Wambach's favorite reads of 2020

Leaving no youngster out, Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach has released a young readers' edition of Wolfpack, an inspiring call to arms for kids to embrace their inner champion, lead their own pack, and take on the world.

Here are the books that have inspired Abby lately.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

In this book, Glennon found a way to put into words the story of our love—finding each other, fighting for each other, and mothering a blended family together. When I first met Glennon, I had a deep knowing in me that I was meant to see and witness her, firsthand, move through life. And when I read Untamed, I feel everything I felt that very day. It was a knowing about her and what she is capable of. Untamed isn’t just my wife’s story about coming to life—it’s also a touch tree for all of us women who are always trying to learn how to live more freely. My hope is that women everywhere read this and find out for themselves who they are meant to be.

One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay is one of my favorite teachers—she is brilliant, fearless, and has the rare gift of cutting to the heart of the most complex, daunting, important conversations. With One Drop she walks us through—with her signature humor and singular genius—how to truly understand Blackness differently. It’s a vital conversation the whole country needs to be having, and Dr. Yaba Blay is the one to help us have it.

Be All In: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life by Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Kristine Keane

Everything I teach my kids about how to use sports to build character, I learned from Christie—as my teammate for 15 years, and as co-captains of the US Women’s National Team together. Every lesson and strategy in this book has been tested on me and our national team—we were her first students and first recipients of her brilliance.

I am so grateful that Christie teamed up with Dr. Keane, a sports neuropsychologist, to remind us of the most important things about sports: mental toughness, accountability, fun, friendship, and becoming team players. Now, when my kids ask me, “How can I be great like you?” I can just hand them Be All In and say, “Here’s how.”

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

The three things we need right now are the ability to fight through our fears, the understanding that we can make change in our lives and the world, and the invitation to laugh—hard and often. Luvvie—who is among the most hilarious, passionate women I know—gives us all three in her forthcoming book, which is chock full of all of the things we all think, but never say. It’s the daily vitamin we all need during these times.

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