Monday, June 18, 2012

Winning Balance: A Book Review

About The Book:

Twenty-year-old American gymnast Shawn Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist; a national- and world-champion athlete. Already a popular role model to all ages, in 2009 she captured the national spotlight again when she won the widely popular Dancing with the Stars. Yet Shawn is no stranger to hard work and adversity. Her loss of the major gymnastics prize everyone expected her to win in Beijing, the all-around Olympic gold medal, was the loss of a dream she’d worked for since childhood. And later, she suffered a potentially career-ending injury in a skiing accident that forced her life to a halt and made her rethink what was really important. She wasn’t sure who she was anymore. She wasn’t sure what her goals were. And she wasn’t sure she was satisfied with where she was with her faith and God. Could she find the right kind of success in life—the kind that doesn’t involve medals or trophies, but peace, love, and lasting joy? This is the amazing true journey of how the young woman who won an Olympic gold medal on the balance beam became even more balanced.

You can read an excerpt of Winning Balance here, in PDF Format

About The Author:

Shawn Johnson is an Olympic gold and three-time silver medalist in women's gymnastics. She was the 2007 all-around World Champion and the 2007 and 2008 US all-around champion. Shawn won the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars as the youngest competitor in the show's history. She has appeared on OprahTodayLate Show with David LettermanThe Tonight Show, and other programs. Shawn earned ESPN's ESPY Award for Best US Female Olympian in 2009; she also won the Teen Choice Female Athlete of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2011. Visit her online

My Review:

Gymnastics is one of my favorite sports to watch (and I participated in a little when I was younger), and Shawn Johnson is one of my favorite all-time favorite athletes in the sport. When I found out that Tyndale Blog Network was offering her book, Winning Balance, for review, I knew I wanted to read it. 

The book is basically a biography of Johnson's rise in the gymnastic world, but also includes many of her personal thoughts on her life, personal poetry, personal full color photos, and each chapter has "Lessons Learned" thoughts from Shawn herself. The book is very well written and has a very nice flow to it as well. At the very end of the book, Johnson talks about wanting to return to competitive gymnastics, in order to earn a spot on the USA Olympic Team.  However, due to persistent knee injury, Johnson announced her retirement from professional gymnastics only a few short weeks ago. This is unfortunate, but I know that God will be using her in amazing ways to do His will, be a wonderful role model to many around the world, and it will be exciting to see what is next for Shawn Johnson. 

If you are a fan of sports memoirs, this is a great one, and I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Winning Balance at your favorite bookseller from Tyndale House Publishers

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Tyndale Blog Network, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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