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 on 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.
©2012 Shawn Johnson (P)2012 Oasis
I loved the fact that Shawn Johnson was speaking from her own experience all the way through the book. I have read books by other former gymnasts however this book is at the top of my list.
My favorite character has to be Shawn Johnson herself. She brings a fresh and exciting perspective to the world of gymnastics and beyond.
I just love hearing Shawn's voice from the various interviews on television and I was excited to hear that she was reading her own autobiography. Reading her own book adds a special touch to the story. There were some particularly tough and personal chapters and you could hear the inflection on Shawn's voice as she read through those chapters.
There were a lot of moments in the book that particularly moved me but I think the one that I remember the most was Shawn's reflections on her potential career-ending injury. I won't say what it is here because I don't want to give away that part of the story.
A particularly funny moment in the book for me was the decision that Shawn's parents made when it came time to name her.
If you are a Shawn Johnson fan you will not be disappointed if you buy the book either in print or through Audible.com ... I have both versions and they are the best value for the money.
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