Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story
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Read along to Swimming with Faith by Natalie Davis Miller and discover the life of well-known and admired swimmer Missy Franklin. Missy Franklin is one of the most talented swimmers in the world; she is a 4-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. This story tells of her rise in fame and humbleness in the sport. Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0310747074
ISBN-13: 9780310747079
Ages: 9-12
Series: ZonderKidz Biography

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Missy Franklin is one of the most talented swimmers in the world. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. She was Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year in 2012. This story tells of her rise in fame and humbleness in the sport.

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Natalie Davis Miller has been a professional writer for more that seventeen years, writing a variety of stories for print and web, including articles on many sports figures such as football legend and movie icon Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger and Olympians Cullen Jones and Kelly Clark in the Zonderkidz biographies, Speed to Glory, The Cullen Jones Story and Reaching New Heights, The Kelly Clark Story. Miller connects with her subjects and tells their stories in an informative and inspiring way, with a personal goal to glorify God using her writing talents.

 

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  1. Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Swimming and running the race of faith
    August 23, 2016
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I never thought it would be the case, but our family is a swim family. With all 4 of the children swimming regularly, we are up early for warmups and have spent all day at meets waiting for our child's event to come up.

    As with all things, we've tried to strive to ensure that we're not aimless in the activities that we choose to spend time in. Swimming, although it is something the children enjoy, was also a means of training for life and an opportunity to live our faith in a community that otherwise wouldn't know us in this way.

    As we've become more and more familiar with the swim world, as a mother, I want to expose my children to athletes of all kinds that have recognized that their gifting are not separate from the God who created them. They have been entrusted with the ability and gift to perform at a level that others commonly do not and it's a gift from the creator Himself, God.

    This is why I enjoyed reading Swimming with Faith by Natalie Davis Miller. The book begins with Missy's earliest days as the only child of "older and wiser" parents, D.A. and Dick to her decision to leave UC Berkeley after 2 years and become a professional athlete.

    This book was the perfect size for my children as they begin to learn more about the swimming world. I loved how Missy was known for her infectious and ever present smile. Although it would seem that her life was picture perfect, she made some difficult decisions to stay in their hometown of Denver and to swim, even for a couple years, at UC Berkeley. In one of her final competitions, she experienced severe back pain that required assistance to even walk - and true to her character - she remained upbeat and positive. What was even more encouraging was how God was teaching her through each season of adversity that He was in control and that she needed to learn to trust Him. And even more encouraging, was Missy's willingness to share how the Lord was molding her. I'm looking forward to having my children read the beginning of the Missy Franklin's story.

    Only the Lord knows what He has in store for Missy Franklin and this short book shares only the beginning. Hopefully, she will continue to entrust herself to the one that knows and cares for her as He continues to unfold His story for her life.
  2. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    July 22, 2016
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics just a few weeks away, Swimming With Faith was a fun addition to our summer reading list. Since Missy Franklin burst onto the world stage at the last summer Olympic games we have been fans. She presents such an engaging presence that represents her faith, family, and country so well.

    Swimming With Faith is sure to appeal to the young aspiring swimmer in your midst. The story begins with Missy's early years and takes the reader through the whole journey of her fascinating life and career. I appreciated how relatable this biography was. It describes how Missy started swimming at age 5 like so many other American girls. She also tells of her time on different swim teams like many girls compete on.

    We all know that every little girl isn't going to achieve the same success in swimming that Missy has, but the book encourages girls to find what God especially designed them for. Missy believes that she was designed to be a swimmer. She describes the different aspects of her make up and how they lend to swimming. While sharing that she also encourages other girls to seek God's design for themselves.

    If you've got a girl that is interested in swimming specifically or in just seeking what she should become this is a great book for exploring that. It is also a great book to read before the summer Olympics in Rio starts. Now that we've read it we are looking forward to cheering Missy on as we watch her races.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  3. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Swimming with Faith
    July 15, 2016
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SWIMMING WITH FAITH: THE MISSY FRANKLIN STORY is an awesome book on ... I cannot get over how many gold medals she won starting at age seventeen! She started swimming when she was five and she just flew through swimming since she knew what she wanted at a very very young age. It's like God equipped her body with everything she needed to swim with really large feet for a woman, really large hands and she's really tall too. I loved this book and recommend it for anyone who needs a boost of encouragement. A great biography!
  4. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Biography for Young Girls to Read
    July 14, 2016
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Released just in time for the Summer Olympics, "Swimming with Faith" tells world class swimmer Missy Franklin's story - to date. Written for young girls, this biography tells how Franklin got her start as a swimmer, where she has competed, what medals she has won, what else she is interested in, about family and friends, and of her involvement in community - in her case a community practically the size of the whole world. Most important it tells how her love for God impacts the ways she lives and the decisions she makes. Franklin is not only a great swimmer, but she's an amazing role model for young girls.

    For fun and added interest, each of the seventeen short chapters ends with a list of facts or bonus information related the content. These provide a little break from the regular reading. Pictures of Missy are also sprinkled here and there throughout the book.

    This segment of Franklin's life only takes readers to her transition into professional swimming. Fans are told of her goals for the coming Olympics but will have to wait a few months, of course, to learn through television or other media coverage how things turn out. "The Missy Franklin Story" is far from complete.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
  5. Second Book to the Right
    Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book for 8-12 year olds about athleticism, having a plan, and loving God
    May 31, 2016
    Second Book to the Right
    Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    For the past year or so, my two daughters have really been enjoying swimming. And because of that, when I saw this book, I thought it would be great for my oldest to read. It's right in her age range, it's about something she loves, and it's about an athlete's love and faith in God.

    The book itself is written so it is easy to read, and understand. It includes many quotes from Missy Franklin, so when you're reading it, it is almost as if you're listening to Missy talk about her experiences.

    It is wonderful to see a young athlete, of Olympic caliber, to not be overwhelmed by the publicity, the fame, or the money, and instead, focus on what she truly wants to do. Having a plan and going for it is so crucial to this story. Especially on the football field, you see a lot of athletes calling attention to their faith and it becoming a media circus. I love how Missy Franklin has quietly kept to her faith and not used it as a way to even more fame.
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