I was on vacation during much of the London Olympic Games—a time when you’d think that TV would be avoided so I could be out and about in the world. Well . . . that’s usually my routine while I’m traveling, but all rules go out the window when the Fierce Five have medals to win. Like so many people, I cheered during the team all-around competition—and cheered even louder when Gabby Douglas went on to win the individual all-around gold. Though I missed it in prime time, I even went out of my way to watch a YouTube video of Gabby reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention.
Now I’m cheering again. The 16-year-old gymnast will write a memoir called Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith. It will be published by Zondervan, an imprint of HarperCollins, in time for Christmas. According to People magazine, the book 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.”
I’ve never gone out of my way to read a teen memoir (let’s just say I was not on the edge of my seat to read First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber) . . . but I may have to make an exception for Gabby Douglas.