Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Winning Balance

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.

Do you know what it takes to become a gold medal winning Olympic gymnast? Shawn Johnson does, and she brings us down the journey she traveled on in her quest for the gold. Shawn's ultimate goal was just out of reach, but this caused her to learn more about life, disappointment, and faith than anything in her life thus far. I loved watching Shawn perform in the Olympics, so when Tyndale announced that I could receive a complimentary copy of her first book in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance. Shawn was able to write her book in just the honest, open way I imagine she is with her friends. I truly enjoyed her book. 

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