“Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith” by Gabrielle Douglas is an autobiography that is inspirational in both secular and religious aspects. The unflinchingly honest look at the young gymnast’s life from her point of view provides tribute to the determination and perseverance that she learned from her mother as well as the faith that succored her during her times of uncertainty and gave her strength to overcome her obstacles. I was touched that she shared both the obstacles and the unwavering support she received from her siblings and her mother as well as from her coaches and host family. The challenge of dealing with discrimination and bullying, the disappointment of not having her father’s unstinting support either monetarily or emotionally, and the difficulty of living far from her biological family are all vividly conveyed, but so too is the uplifting and supporting encouragement she received from her second family and her coach. It was thrilling to see all that went into forming the impressive athlete that shone so brightly at the 2012 Olympics and this was an enjoyable and enlightening book to read. It is awe-inspiring to discover the massive sacrifice and continuous work that goes into transforming a person with raw talent into a top athlete and makes me appreciate her meteoric rise even more.
In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.