All You Could Ask For, by Mike Greenberg
Title: All You Could Ask For
Author: Mike Greenberg
Originally Published: 2013
Format I Read: Paperback
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.
I’m not sure how to introduce this book to you. There is the fact that it was written by Mike Greenberg, who happens to be a TV personality on ESPN. There is the fact that the book is told from the point of view of three very different women: a single business executive, a married mother, and a newlywed. And then there is the fact that these three women’s lives will intersect in a way they never expected.
I knew one additional fact about this book before I started, and I felt like I was holding my breath the entire book to have that fact introduced. So, I believe I will withhold that fact from you and simple relate my experience reading it.
Honestly, this is an easy and enjoyable read. For the most part, the writing is unobtrusive. I liked having the three different narrators, but I did not think their voices were quite distinct enough, which led to trouble following the switches throughout. The story is interesting and compelling, if there are some convenient plot twists. I could go on with a number of small quibbles.
But what I will take away from reading All You Could Ask For are some very beautiful moments and sentiments. At the end of the day, this book is about being grateful for the life we have to live. And this theme is reinforced throughout. Here are a couple of my favorite examples. Katherine developed a meditation mantra that I just might steal:
May I be filled with loving-kindness
May I be well
May I be peaceful and at ease
May I be happy (13)
And, at one point, Brooke decides to start collecting quotes:
This is just the beginning. There will be other quotes, other ideas, other people who have understood me without ever meeting me, other words and phrases I will be able to summon when I need them . . . . (246)
I love the idea about books and lines and quotes that speak to us, that say other people have understood us. I love the idea about living and loving today. This day. And I’m grateful that this book reminded me of those things.
All You Could Ask For, by Mike Greenberg [rating:3]
Also, it is very cool that Mr. Greenberg is donating all of the profits from this book to charity.