Friday, May 27, 2016

Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story by Natalie Davis Miller

Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story

Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story

   I was excited to review this book because growing up, swam twice a week, loved it and still do. Although I do not follow Olympic news, my love of aquatic sports made me eager to read this biography. Of course, I also have a thing for biographies! I have read a couple similar biographies published by this company and find them quite interesting and appropriate for a variety of ages and readers. Although directed to a younger audience perhaps, these books are just as interesting to adults such as myself. We older readers can simply finish the slim paperback much faster and obviously (hopefully) don't need the short dictionary at the back of the book! 
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 the American Swimmer of the Year in 2012. This story tells of her rise in fame and humbleness in the sport.
I found this biography quite interesting. It was very detailed, which might bore younger readers who have no interest in sports/swimming/Missy Franklin. However, the book was not boring to me. I was inspired by Missy Franklin's story and her quest for victory at even such a young age! One thing that surprised me is that although she has a strong faith, she is Catholic, which is important to understand before reading the book. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.