Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#REVIEW: Swimming With Faith by Natalie Davis Miller

Title: Swimming With Faith: The Missy Franklin story
Author: Natalie Davis Miller
Series: Zonderkidz Biography
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Published Date: May 10, 2016
ISBN: 9780310747079
Genre: biography
Pages: 142
Age Range: 8-12 year olds
Buy It Link: Amazon
Missy Franklin is one of the most talented swimmers in the world. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. She was Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year and was awarded the American Swimmer of the Year award in 2012. Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story details her rise in fame as a swimmer and humbleness in the sport and in her personal life.

My Rating: 4 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
For the past year or so, my two daughters have really been enjoying swimming. And because of that, when I saw this book, I thought it would be great for my oldest to read. It's right in her age range, it's about something she loves, and it's about an athlete's love and faith in God.
The book itself is written so it is easy to read, and understand. It includes many quotes from Missy Franklin, so when you're reading it, it is almost as if you're listening to Missy talk about her experiences.
It is wonderful to see a young athlete, of Olympic caliber, to not be overwhelmed by the publicity, the fame, or the money, and instead, focus on what she truly wants to do. Having a plan and going for it is so crucial to this story. Especially on the football field, you see a lot of athletes calling attention to their faith and it becoming a media circus. I love how Missy Franklin has quietly kept to her faith and not used it as a way to even more fame.

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