I remembered David Boudia from the 2012 Olympics in London. I must have heard part of his testimony during the Olympics because I began to follow him on Twitter. He impressed me with his solid Christian faith and testimony on the social media platform. When I learned he was competing in the 2016 Olympics, I was excited to watch him again. Imagine my surprise when I saw he had a book coming out just before the Olympics began that told his story. I had every intention of reading it beforehand, but I wanted to read some of it to my son who has just started the swim team. That made the book last a little longer than I had intended.
I cannot say enough positive things about this book. David Boudia’s story is honest and very transparent, which kept me engaged during the entire story. Typically, I would zone out or read half of the book and call it quits. However, I couldn’t put this book down because of the transparency. He admitted something to the world that most people can’t even bring themselves to admit….they struggle with pride. We all do. David Boudia admits it humbly.
Throughout the pages, he reveals how God revealed Himself to David through his coach and his coach’s wife. He shows why mentorship is so important and why honesty and tough love are even a necessary part of mentorship. He reveals his true heart, which is why I think so many people can relate to his story. If we’re honest, we all struggle in some way with pride.
I really enjoyed seeing how God worked in his life and then again in his dating relationship with his now wife. He challenges his readers to go beyond the superficial relationship with Jesus and into a deep heart relationship with Him. You can hear his challenge to do what you’ve been made to do with excellence, giving glory to God. His bold faith was both encouraging and a challenge to me.
As a side note, I loved his interview with his partner after they won in the Olympics this year. So many people talked about that interview and it really showed who he hoped received the glory of all he did….it showed it wasn’t about him.
I received this book free from BookLook Publishers.