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Last year, my family formed our own little book club. We meet (virtually) every week and talk about the book we are currently reading together. Two weeks ago, we finished reading Mastering Affluence by Carol Tuttle and were presented with the challenge of finding a new book to read.
My mom — almost immediately — was like, “Oh my gosh, we have to read Abby Wambach’s book! It’s coming out sometime in April.”
She went on, gushing about how we should all follow Abby on Instagram and how she just loves everything she posts and how this book would be so freaking amazing for us all to read together (even the men!). And, after all, she is our fearless leader of the book club so of course we said, “Sure, sounds great!”
I preordered the book and it arrived on Tuesday evening. My mom decided that we should all read through Chapter 2 by the end of this week to prepare for our book club meeting. So, I had some time to kill last night while dinner was cooking (okay, fine — Kevin was cooking it, but I did make cornbread!) so I sat down and started reading.
By the time dinner was ready, I had finished Chapter 4. I stopped briefly to eat dinner and then promptly picked it back up again and finished the entire book. Yes, in one day. Probably in less than two hours total.
Now, already you may be asking, why on earth should I buy a $14 book that I’m going to finish reading in one day?
First of all, it will take up almost no space on your bookshelf. And how many times have you bought a $14 mug at Target that you didn’t need, Brenda? (Okay maybe that’s me with the mug obsession but you get what I’m saying).
Second, this is a book you will want to read over and over again. You know how people have their favorite holiday movies they watch year after year, or people who re-read Harry Potter every few years? This book is like that.
We should all be reading this book at least once a year.
Third, this is without a doubt the simplest, most concise, and yet thoroughly life-changing book I have ever read. It is 112 pages. This book does not mess around, it gets to the point and it hammers home that point. While reading each chapter, I felt such an admiration for Abby and the way that she carefully chose each word, each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter, and fit them all together in such a beautiful way. She does not talk in circles around “the point”, she starts each chapter with it.
I believe we need more of this clarity and simplicity of writing in our lives. It allows this book and the message it carries to be so accessible to everyone. The first thing that came to my mind while reading this was, “I could read this to my future children as a bedtime story, and they could read it themselves early on.”
This is so important because Abby’s message is critical to shaping younger generations of women and men.
And lastly, there’s really no excuse not to read it if it’s only going to take a few hours out of your day. I promise you will get something out of it. Yes, even the men. There is something in this book for everyone.
Order it. Read it. Find a beautiful spot on your bookshelf for it.