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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
One of Americas most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze. The difference? In the intervening years, hed changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God. In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what theyve been seeking all along.
David Boudia is an Olympic champion, a gold-medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and winner of multiple world championship medals. Winner of six NCAA national titles at Purdue University and winner of five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, Boudia was the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Lafayette, IN
Tim Ellsworth is associate vice president for university communications at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of Pujols: More Than the Game and God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.
RockandMinerals4Him3 Stars Out Of 5Decently interesting bookMarch 21, 2017RockandMinerals4HimQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Here'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.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
This review first appeared on RockandMinerals4Him: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/book-review-greater-than-gold-by-david-boudia-with-tim-ellsworth/
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5As much as I wanted to like this book, I thought it was dull ...November 22, 2016ScottyQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2After the Rio Olympics this year, I knew there would be newly published books featuring some of the famous athletes, but I was surprised to be offered the chance to review a book by diver David Boudia.
I wasnt very familiar with Boudia, even though I knew he won a Silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio. But his book, Greater Than Gold (published by Nelson Books), was actually written prior to those Games, it was just timed to be released around the time of the Olympics I would assume to enhance sales.
Boudia used the 2016 Olympics as a stage to boldly testify for Christ, so knowing he was a Christian, I thought this might be a book that would capture my interest. Yet, as much as I wanted to like this book, I found it to be dull.
Greater Than Gold isnt about Boudias competition at Rio, but all about how he got there, first by participating in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and then finally winning Gold and Bronze medals in the 2012 Olympics in London. The first part of the book is an honest, plodding confession of how Boudia described himself as being somewhat of a jerk, a self-absorbed person who sought fame and wealth through the dream of becoming an Olympic champion. Boudias story then shifts radically when, in the midst of his pursuit of self-indulgence and fame, he surrenders his life to Christ.
Coming to Christ changed Davids life, certainly for the better!
As much as I greatly rejoice in and enjoy that part of Boudias story, the telling of it through this book is the honest sharing of a testimony, but not in any remarkable way that keeps a dullness from setting in. Theres nothing dull about someone being saved, but there is something a little dull but this detailed story that doesnt even include the latest Olympic Games, where Boudia would add a silver medal to his winnings.
I wouldnt discourage anyone from reading this story, as the sharing of a testimony can have its inspiration for anyone. But I will say that I became bored with this book and had to force myself to continue reading it, something I dont experience in a story told in a captivating manner which isnt the case for Greater Than Gold.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Road to redemptionOctober 22, 2016BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a new "Swim Mom", we were definitely excited about this summer's Olympic games. Despite not having "regular TV", our family huddled around the computer to watch highlights and replays of the swimming competitions. Honestly, I wasn't familiar with many of the other participants or sports.
So, when I received David Boudia's book, Greater than Gold, I wasn't sure what to think of his story. I've read a couple of biographies already of Christian athletes and their stories are always interesting simply because of their immense focus and commitment to prepare. David Boudia's story is different.
I was truly encouraged by his straight forward and honest testimony. He was candid about his youthful self centered ways. He was honest about the heartbreak of his poor initial showing in the Olympics when his focus was solely on a medal. And more importantly, he shared clearly how God came to redeem a sinner such as himself, albeit an Olympic gold medal holder, and bring David into relationship with the living God.
For me, the book had an even greater touch since David's home church is Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Although I'm a believer here in California and have never traveled to Indiana, I had the privilege of attending a Counseling Conferences and heard from the very people that God used to disciple and walk along side David. It made his story all the more powerful for me.
As I've mentioned, I've had the opportunity to read a number of athletes' biographies, I have to say - I truly enjoyed David Boudia's honest testimony of God's amazing work in His life and how he has used this opportunity to share the gospel clearly to all that read his story. His book was a pleasant surprise and more than I had anticipated, in the most wonderful way!
Amelia5 Stars Out Of 5Incredible Story of Faith - A Must ReadOctober 3, 2016AmeliaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love sports, especially the Olympics and I have been a fan of David and his career for many years now. Over the past couple of years he has been vocal about his faith in Christ, and how his conversion changed his life forever. Therefore, I was excited to find out about his book release prior to the games in Rio. This book offers insight into Davids life as an athlete, and his journey in realizing that there are far greater things in life than winning a gold medal. David shares his testimony and admits his struggles as well as his joys. Davids story reminded me once again that no matter what circumstances we are facing whether good or bad Jesus is always enough. It is also a reminder that only Jesus can fill the empty void that so many try to fill with alcohol, drugs, relationships, fame, etc. None of these things will ever satisfy like Jesus. This book is a must read for all ages, especially if you are a fan of Davids, and this makes a great gift for the teenager in your life.
I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my review.
HeidiMarie4 Stars Out Of 5Greater than GoldSeptember 28, 2016HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Going into this book, I really didn't know what I was expecting or how much I'd like the book. I had honestly never heard of David Boudia, so I thought that I may not be super interested in his memoir. However, I really loved this book and often had a hard time putting it down.
First of all, I loved how open and honest Boudia is in his book. He readily points out his own faults and weaknesses, and acknowledges his mistakes and times when he probably wasn't a fun guy to be around. He does not seem shy at all when it comes to saying that he isn't perfect. He is very relatable, many of his struggles are things that everyone struggles with. Since he is so friendly and relatable, he really gives hope to the fact that we can overcome these struggles. His testimony is so powerful and shows that such wonderful, radical change is possible.
He also makes some really great points about our walk with Christ. He learned the hard way that we need to live our lives so that our talents give glory to God, and not to us. He also talks about idolatry in a way that I've never thought of before. We usually think of idolatry as having other, false gods and wooden relics that we worship, but Boudia points out that putting anything before God is idolatry, such as money, fame, or medals. He has such a genuine love for God and such a incredible story that is so great to read about.
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars, and I definitely recommend it.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.