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I started this anthology from Page One, and to be honest, I read it in small chunks. These stories grip tightly and stick with me; I find myself revisiting phrases and perspectives days later.
As they say, the truth is stranger than fiction, and it's absolutely the case in this collection, from sections on "Body Positivity and Self-Love" to "Overcoming Abuse and Injustice." The diversity of voices selected here by editor Alyssa Waugh gives great gravity to what these women are writing. Very real issues and often harrowing experiences do not get lost in the perfection of one writer's style or voice -- all are beautifully written and even more impactful in their contrast. Prepare to experience the cultural moments you read about in the headlines through the lens of your mother, sister, partner, friend. These writers bring it home.
Poignant and powerful, the stories in this collection vibrate with an urgency to be told. As each phoenix rises and shares her lessons, readers are invited to reflect on our own lives, how we treat others and just where we’ve set our own worth. The messages in this book are so important to share with developing young women—many are things that could have changed our lives as women if we’d reflected on them earlier in life. Those who are further along on the journey will also benefit from the shared experiences and resultant wisdom found on these pages. This is a beautiful, important, and valuable collection of voices singing the experience of what it is to be a woman, and how each one of us has a superhero inside.
Great collection of poems, essays, personal narratives, and flash fiction by women for women! Real women share their pain and perseverance, joy and struggle. The book is filled with hope and is very timely, with women rising up everywhere!
This book has a vast collection of voices who are raised as one to uplift, inspire, and speak a personal truth straight to the hearts of those who dare to venture between its pages. I would highly recommend this for any woman who has ever had to face adversity.
This book was extremely inspirational from beginning to end. It covered topics that women are frequently faced with and shared real life experiences that many women face including abuse, body image, and oppression. The book was entirely crafted by women which makes it that much more noteworthy. It is a must-read for any woman who wants to be inspired, empowered, or to just know that they are not alone.
This book was used in one of my college courses as an example of how writing can really connect to the reader. I AM STRENGTH does just that. It provides a good mix of essays, poems, and anecdotes that can hit the reader home on just about anything they might be going through in life. I AM STRENGTH will make a connection with anyone who reads it.
If you love books that are truly inspiring and powerful, then this is the perfect read. It's amazing how brave these women are to share their personal stories of strength. Not only do these stories keep your attention, but there is so much that can be learned by women of every age and walk of life. Definitely recommend!
“I Am Strength” offers insight into the lives of diverse women as they cover topics ranging from body positivity to mental health to personal growth. Empowering for women of all ages, races, and sexualities and essential reading for any modern woman.