There probably aren’t many of us who have don’t know of the pint-sized, heart and gold-medal-winning gymnast from the 2008 Olympic Games. If her name is not familiar from the sport she excels in, then you probably “met” her on the eighth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (which she also did win).
Her book, Winning Balance, is a journal of sorts. A book she writes for her fans about her life so far. About her maturity and her faith; the lessons life has taught her and getting back to the place where she is happier and healthy. It’s rare that I read books in which there’s a celebrity name. My reader preference is fiction but I don’t regret having read this book. I’d wager anyone who reads this will learn a lot of things about Shawn. Some that may even surprise you.
Perhaps the most insightful parts of this book is Shawn’s profession of her faith. Within these pages, she shares about how she challenges her faith in an honest way that makes the reader believe she has a daily walk with Him. Despite this, I did find this a really hard read to get “into.” The style is easy reading, but I did have to push myself to read more than a chapter or two at a time. Perhaps the first 70 pages are such a challenge because of its focus is in gymnasts’ terms. Given that, I’m surprised that the last third of the novel goes by so quickly, and I read most of it in an afternoon.
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To be honest if this weren’t an offer from Tyndale (thanks!), I am not sure I’d have read this in the foreseeable future. It’s a joy to read, and to feel a renewed sense of excitement at the prospect to again root for Shawn at the upcoming summer Olympics. (Unfortunately, the day after I finished reading this, Shawn made the announcement she wouldn’t compete at the London Games; her knee injury won’t allow it.)
In Winning Balance, Shawn shares everything from her struggles to maintain a healthy image, what it’s like to be in Hollywood with DWTS (a section I did enjoy, of course), the emotional support of her prince charming (a college football athlete), trials of the travel her engagements demand; and through it all, that’s a country girl at heart. Anyone who followed her career, or likes a good read will find this book worth their time. Its ‘winning’ story makes it one fabulous read.
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