“Sometimes we complain – but there’s something beautiful about waking up before everyone to get better at what we love,” tweeted Melissa “Missy” Franklin. What Missy loves is swimming, and for her that means arriving at the workout pool at 5am to start training. From the age of five, Missy has been training hard, entering and winning many swimming competitions. And those efforts have paid great dividends. In 2012, at only 17, Missy won four Olympic gold medals and one bronze. Pretty impressive. But she hasn’t done it alone. Not only has she had an extremely supportive family by her side, but another great ally. “God is always there for me,” explains Missy. “I talk with Him, before, during and after practice competitions. I pray to Him for guidance.”
This is a book for younger readers, but I would still urge you to read it. What makes it so worthwhile and unique is that it demonstrates how you can be a world champion athlete and give great glory to God. So often you hear of how people compromise their principles to achieve great success. This story is the opposite and it is one that deserves to be heard.
Publisher: Zonderkidz • Publication date: May 2016 • ISBN: 978-0-310-74707-9