Book Review: Greater Than Gold by David Boudia with Tim Ellsworth

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YOU GUYS. So…this book review is by P, my little brother! I offered to request any ARC that either of my brothers wanted, provided that they wrote the review . . . and he took me up on it! So . . . give him a nice welcome!

About the Book-

Sometimes, failure is the best thing that can happen.

For David Boudia, an Olympic gold medal was more than just a dream: it was an obsession, an all-consuming pursuit, and–he was sure–a golden ticket to the good life. But after a disastrous competition at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Boudia’s world was shaken to its core, and he found himself alone in his dorm room on the verge of ending it all. But a chance phone call with his diving coach changed everything, leading David to the God who had always been there. Inspired by faith and fired by a new purpose–to bring glory to God–Boudia set out for his second Olympics where the results could not have been more different.

In Greater Than Gold, Boudia tells his inspiring journey from lost to found, giving readers firsthand access to the rareified world of Olympic athletics while revealing the life-changing power of placing one’s hope in God rather than in medals or crowns.

My Review-

David Boudia, an awesome diving gold medalist, shares his difficult journey to the Olympics in Beijing and London. He uses Scriptures to help him in his dives. He also shares his testimony from when he changed from worshiping idols to God. He talks about how he thought he did and how he actually did, his pictures of him on the podium, him with his sister and others, and about his son and daughter.

He wrote this awesome book himself. You can read the book yourself to find out the exciting part.

*older, sagely voice as I jump in*

Here’s more substantial information about the book.

Here’s a great testimony about Boudia’s journey to the Olympics. It’s actually not about how he got to the Olympics, but instead about his spiritual development and growth. I personally feel like it’s too slow, and also doesn’t seem very substantial much of the time, so I wasn’t very much a fan of the book.

The book itself is very straightforwardly written and Boudia is very honest about his character and how he’s grown, which I liked reading. He doesn’t cover up his past or his actions, and he tells his story very frankly.

My Rating-

P’s rating- 9/10

Mine- 7/10

PS: If you’re looking for another Olympian’s story, check out my review of Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story!

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free print copy of this book in exchange for my (or P’s) honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

 

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