Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Winning Balance

Shawn Johnson has lived many highs and many lows.  She has dedicated her life to gymnastics but refuses to make gymnastics her whole life.  She balances her sport and passion with her life and family.

In this book, Shawn shares her experiences with candor and courage.  In some ways, she has worked hard for her success.  Yet, in others, she has just been in the right place at the right time.  For example, a retired Chinese gymnast opened a gymnastics center right in Shawn's small Iowa town.

As a middle-aged woman reading this book, I recognize that Shawn is still young and has a lot to learn.  Some of what she shares is just part of growing up.  At one point, she misses her parents so bad she thinks about quitting, but later on, Shawn is annoyed with her mom's constant presence.  Shawn is still young and has a lot to learn.  However, she has done so much in her young life.  You can't help but like her.

As I was reading this book, I did learn that Shawn has bowed out of competing this year and will not make it to the 2012 Olympics.  But I know, Shawn will continue keep her life in balance and be an example for young girls everywhere.

Tyndale House has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.


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