Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: Raising the Bar by:Gabrielle Douglas

 Raising The Bar
About the Book:
After competing in the 2012 London Olympics and winning two gold medals, Gabrielle Douglas's life changed forever ... but in many important ways, it stayed the same. Inside these pages, Gabrielle shares an inside look at her day-to-day world, from the things that are still important to her---time with her friends and family, her favorite comfort foods, and her training routine---as well as what's it's like to suddenly walk the red carpet and interviewed by various people. 

Along the way, Gabrielle also offers tips on how you can raise the bar on your life and accomplish your dreams. Through candid photos taken by Gabrielle to exclusive images taken behind the scenes, experience what it's like to be an Olympic Champion and a normal teenage girl balancing a life in the spotlight with a life in the gym.

About the Author:
Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she made history, becoming the first US gymnast to take home a team and an individual gold medal in the same Olympics. Gabrielle began her training at age six, and became the Virginia State Champion only two years later.

When she was fourteen, she left her family in Virginia Beach to train with coach Liang Chow in Des Moines, Iowa. Under Chow’s guidance, and with tremendous faith in God’s plan for her, Gabrielle competed in the Olympic Trials and walked away with the only guaranteed spot on the team. Since her Olympic triumph, Gabrielle has used her platform to inspire millions with a powerful message: With hard work and persistence, any dream is possible. Visit her online at

My Review:
 Gabrielle Douglas has taken the United States by storm when she as a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She has a heart wrenching faith in God that is undeniable and unshakable. With up close and personal photography, Raising the Bar will create in you the need to succeed just like Gabrielle does. Her fierce determination and her strong reliance on God cause her to remain strong and reach new heights each and every time she steps onto the mat. In her book, Raising the Bar we learn so much more about this little spitfire, from her daily routine, to her favorite ice cream---its all in the book!

 The young lady behind the name is grounded in the Lord and has a genuine love for both her biological family and the family she stays with while in training. Gabrielle or "Gabby" as her close friends call her is an all around teen full of sass and a love for Jesus. She is just like any other young teen girl at her age, she loves chocolate and Ian Somerhalder. With tons of encouragement and loads of inspiration this young lady will go on to do even greater things than she has envisioned and she KNOWS she owes it all to God.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Zondervan.