After a pretty darn successful 2012 Olympics, gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas announced today that she will write an “inspirational memoir” to be released for publication this December:
The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old’s early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Upon the announcement, Douglas said, “Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book.”
Her memoir, she adds, “will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy.” She hopes people will read her story “and think anything is possible.”
Zondervan media company acquired the book. In a statement, HarperCollins senior vice-president Lisa Sharkey said, “Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic Gold Meals. The reason is her inner strength and strong faith.”
I would totally buy this book not only for myself, but I feel her words can definitely encourage and inspire other young girls. I know a couple of my students who could benefit from hearing her story and words of encouragement. I can’t wait to take a look at it!