Winning Balance, by Shawn Johnson with Nancy French, is a compilation of reflections on the lessons that Shawn has learned over the years. While the author says that it is not an autobiography, it covers many aspects of her life and is presented in chronological order.
Beginning with her first score, an Apgar test of zero at birth, to winning three Olympic silver medals and one gold, to winning Dancing with the Stars, Shawn tells her story with a great deal of emotion. She shares glimpses of her joy, fear, frustration, and confusion as she tells of each experience as it occurred in her life.
I enjoyed reading this book. I especially liked the passage about beginning to attend church more than just a couple of times per year and how she appreciates her current church family. The story of her serious injury and her journey back into gymnastics was also quite moving. After each chapter, she has expressed a “Lesson I’ve Learned,” something that could be especially helpful to young girls reading this story.
I would recommend this book to young girls or anyone who enjoys gymnastics.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.