Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson is a past Olympic gold and silver medalist in women’s gymnastics and Dancing with the Stars contestant. In Winning Balance she shares how her love of gymnastics developed at a very young age, how the coaching/trainee relationship developed and continued with her coach, how her coach’s wife also supported her, and how she fell into some dancing experiences in Hollywood. Inspirational quotes and lessons she’s learned are used throughout the book to show the readers that she didn’t reach her dreams on her own but through the encouragement and help of many others, and she is also not shy about sharing her love for God.

I always imagined that an Olympic gymnast would have to go through a lot of pressure and very strict management from a coach but Coach Qiao Lang “Chow” appeared to be a very kind man, and seemed to have the attitude during Shawn's training, gymnastics meets and championships that she just needed to do the best job that she could. Shawn’s attitude towards her gymnastics career and Dancing with the Stars assignment seemed very humble to me, she never seemed to imply that she thought she was better than others; instead she admitted her weaknesses and seemed to overcome most of them and come out on top as a winner in more ways than earning medals. The ongoing support of her family, coach, her coach’s wife, and many others is clearly evident throughout the pages of this book.

I was inspired to read this book based on my love for gymnastics as a child, first with taking gymnastics classes and then with watching gymnastics on TV until the late hours of the night during the Olympics, the only time I can remember being allowed to stay up late as a child. I was very blessed to be able to read and review this book to learn about the blessings in Shawn’s life. I am also grateful that it was used to bring back some great gymnastics memories from my life as well. I hope other people who have a love for gymnastics whether it is because they have competed in gymnastics before, like watching it on TV, like watching it in person, have developed a love of it through taking classes as a child, or have some other connections with gymnastics will decide to read this book.

Disclosure of material connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing  for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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