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An inspiring and revealing essay about motherhood, self-acceptance, and overcoming the fears that hold you back by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Open Book.

“If I want to lead myself into something greater than yesterday, I have to surrender the things that scare me and hold me back.”

Jessica Simpson collected so much emotional baggage over the course of her life that she began to feel like she couldn’t carry anything else. She knew she needed to confront her fears. She made a to-do list for the life she wanted. No more struggling to please everyone else. No more dulling the pain. No more avoiding the scary stuff. From now on, she’ll focus only on the expectations she has for herself. With her inviting warmth and trademark intimacy, Jessica reflects on the example of her daughters and son, reclaiming her power and taking the lead in her own life.

©2021 by Jessica Simpson. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Heartwarming…TAKE THE LEAD on your own life!

I think you’ll find that if you read Jessica Simpson’s books, that you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the person your reading about. She portrayed to be this ditzy blonde early on in her career, but honestly that was just a facade. I LOVE the REAL Jessica Simpson!

I haven’t gotten an opportunity to read her first book yet, but I had a few minutes in the car and decided to jump into Take the Lead and really enjoyed it! It was uplifting and honest and just a little snippet of what Jessica is capable of as a writer. She dives into her thoughts about her fears, and parenting and being a mother, and sometimes the pressure of all of that! I loved it!

It was a super quick read, but uplifting and just what I needed at the time. Jessica Simpson narrated the book herself, and who better to read a memoir than the person writing it? Although narration isn’t for everyone and I’ve had an author that wrote the book also narrate it and it drove me crazy, but that is not the case for Take the Lead. Jessica was the PERFECT fit!

I am now super interested in reading her first book so I can’t wait to grab it and cozy up to it! Overall, thrilled that I listened to this! It really gave me some ideas and made me feel better about diving deep into myself…for ME…not for everyone else!

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Didn't know what to expect

for as short as this was, I had no idea what to expect. I liked that it was narrated by Jessica simpson. it was a nice little snippet of a life lesson, a few little stories about Jessica and her family.

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Amazing

I love her openness. I wish this book was longer. So inspirational. All I can say is Thank you.

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Awesome

Awesome. Jessica this is inspirational and powerful. Straight from the heart. ❤️I love your writings!!! Keep sharing your love and wisdom. The world needs your kind of genuine encouragement.

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Inspirational!

I absolutely love Jessica and adore her transparency. Such a good listen. Very short and easy to listen to!

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I just love her!

Jessica is so strong! I love that she is a wonderful mother and wife. She deserves all the happiness she can handle. This is very inspirational! I CAN DO IT!!

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Great listen! So inspirational!

I love this so much and will probably listen to it many more times! Jessica is so heart warming, intelligent, so real and down to earth and strong. Great listen and super refreshing!

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Beautiful words.

I have listened to this audiobook multiple times and highlighted many words in the Kindle version. This book is truly a gem. Jessica’s words are wise and timely, and genuine encouragement for anyone, especially for me as a mom. I’ve been deeply moved and will continue to let her words sit with me.

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Empowering!

I’ve been ruled by fear for my entire life so I can identify with Jessica’s story. But I’ve never been given steps to follow to let go. Now I have.

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Too short.

This book was incredibly short. It was okay. I liked her first book much better.

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Fantastic but short

I really enjoyed this “essay” and I knew when I purchased it that it was going to be short but I enjoyed it so much it just felt too short.

I will definitely keep recommending all of Jessica’s stories as I feel that in each story she motivates you to be your best you.

She is an amazing woman and such an inspiration!!