Book Giveaway: Shawn Johnson’s “A Winning Balance”

I had the honor of working with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson on her new memoir that came out this week: A Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams.

You may have heard that Shawn recently retired from gymnastics at the ripe old age of 20.  What you don’t know is the behind-the-scenes story of her life in the sport as a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist and a national- and world-champion athlete.  What is the real story about how she participated in — and WON — the widely popular Dancing with the Stars competition?

Yes, Shawn has accomplished a great deal, but she’s no stranger to hard work and adversity. Her loss of the major gymnastics prize everyone expected her to win in Beijing, the all-around Olympic gold medal, was the loss of a dream she’d worked for since childhood. And later, she suffered a potentially career-ending injury in a skiing accident that forced her life to a halt and made her rethink what was really important. She wasn’t sure who she was anymore. She wasn’t sure what her goals were. And she wasn’t sure she was satisfied with where she was with her faith and God. Could she find the right kind of success in life—the kind that doesn’t involve medals or trophies, but peace, love, and lasting joy?

This is the amazing true journey of how the young woman who won an Olympic gold medal on the balance beam became even more balanced.  I think her recent retirement is a sign of this balance, and I’m thrilled to announce my participation in this project!

Buy it here.


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On June 19th, we will pick a name in a random drawing from all eligible entries received and send you an email notification.  Limit one (1) entry per person; NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 or older as of date of entry.

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  • Elizabeth Scalia

    I like that kid! She seemed completely sane and balanced, in more ways than one! Congrats on the new book. How do you write one of those? I seem not to be able to grasp that!

    • Nancy French

      Shawn had a LOT of amazing journals, so she’d been writing her story for years in advance. She’s a remarkable young lady! :)

  • Shannon

    Would love to have this book for my daughters! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Nicole Breeding

    I think Shawn is an amazing young woman with so much ahead of her. She shows class and has so much talent. I also love when you collaborate with these young women! Amazing talent!

  • Julie

    Looking forward to reading this. Thanks Nancy!

  • Julie

    Ooh…I’ve been wanting to read this!

  • Susan

    I love Shawn Johnson – what a fabulous athlete and a lovely young lady. Can’t wait to read the book.

  • Farrah

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Sally

    What a beautiful and inspiring young lady! Can’t wait to read her story!

  • Mary Ann

    Shawn Johnson is an inspiration to many girls. Her new book teaches girls if you work hard enough and don’t give up, then your dreams will come true! I recommend that girls all ages read this book. It has important life lessons in it that is very helpful through life!

  • Christin

    Hey im Shawns BIGGEST FAN she is my hero i watched everything she did i am so sad thought that she is retireing tomorrow is my bday and it would be awesome if i could get this book I really Hope i do!! :)

  • Timothy Dalrymple

    That’s a great cover. Congrats again, Nancy!

  • Chandra

    Looking forward to reading this and from what I hear it is a fantastic book – I grew up in Iowa and she’s such a remarkable young woman. She’s been such an inspiration and role model. Thanks!

  • Kelley Smith

    Would love to read this!

  • Jannie

    This sounds great! I look forward to reading Shawn’s story!

  • Heather Brinkley

    WTG! Nancy!!! Looks like a great book!!!!

  • Nancy French

    Thanks, everyone! We’re doing a new book giveaway! COMMENT BELOW FOR YOUR CHANGE TO WIN!

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  • Justine Stewart

    I would love to read this book! It sounds like a great read, thank you!!

  • Shelley

    Shawn Johnson is among my favorite people!!

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  • Ashley

    Looks like a great read! I can’t wait to read all about her journey so far!

  • Kim

    Maybe this will be by time to win…….I am still waiting for my autographed copy of the Catfish Queen book!!!!!!! Love you, Nancy. Good job!!!

  • Rachelle

    I cannot wait to read this book! Shawn is not only an inspiration, but a role model to girls everywhere :)

  • Kirstin

    I’d like to be entered for the chance to win Shawn Johnson’s book! It sounds neat and I would love to read it!

  • Nicole Breeding

    I’ve so enjoyed your other books, can’t wait to read this as well!

  • Chelsea

    I love Shawn Johnson!! :)

  • Victoria Williams

    Love hearing of others dreams being fulfilled and how to never stop dreaming!

    Ps: July 20th is my 22nd birthday…..this book would be the most fab of a gift;)

  • Karen Poole

    I love your fight, fire and talent. Inspirational. I can’t wait to read!

  • Rebekah Hutton

    Shawn Johnson is the definition of winning with grace and humility.

  • Chris bottoms

    This book would mean everything to my grand daughter

  • Jade bottoms

    I’ve been wanting to read this book

  • Tonya Smith

    Love her!

  • http://facebook Olivia Dalessio

    I would love to be inspired by Shawn Johnson. Just the bits that I have seen in the news she is someone who can succeed despite roadblocks.

  • Shelley herald

    Cant wait to read this! I’ve always loved watching gymnastics and she seems so sweet! I’m jealous you got to meet her!

  • Dana

    I would like to win this book. It looks really good.

  • Phillip

    Shawn’s passion and love for her sport has given me the desire and dedication to start working out again to get back in shape. I would love to read her book and hear what struggles and triumphs she has had in an already extremely eventful life at such a young age.

  • Nenette Seaux

    The book looks awesome

  • Kathy Brown

    My daughter-in-law is a high achieving individual (in Cardiologist school which is called her “fellowship” training) and she plans to run her second half ironman next spring. She sure isn’t anything like my generation. Maybe this biography will help me understand better. Don’t get me wrong– I LOVE her. She’s a far better human being than I was at that age so I’m blessed.
    Hope I Win!

  • Stephanie Griggs

    I would LOVE to read this book. Shawn Johnson is amazing and inspirational! Congrats Nancy on yet another successful book!

  • Colette Turman

    Can;t wait to read this book. I love all of Nancy’s books.

  • Andrew

    It would be nice to win. Thank you for writing your book regardless!

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  • Kim M.

    I would love to read this book!

  • Denise

    Shawn is a positive ray of light. Would love to read this book!

  • Didi

    I was OBSESSED with gymnastics as a kid, I think I read every book about Domique Mochianu (SP??) that was out at the time! :) I’d love to have this book to read and then pass on to my little sister or some other girl who loves gymnastics :)

  • Regina

    I would love to read this book!

  • Jenna

    I ❤ Shawn Johnson

  • Charity

    please pick me!

  • Kristina

    I can not wait to read this book! Thanks for inpsiring Shawn!

  • Alicia

    Would love to read this!

  • SarahM**

    This book looks incredible! Thank you both for sharing Shawn’s story! God Bless!

  • Heather Williams

    I would love to win a copy of this book for my 13 year old daughter who is a big fan of Shawn Johnson! :)

  • Emily

    This book is a must read in my opinion!!

  • Holly C

    This looks like a great book. Shawn is an inspiration and role model. It would be nice to be able to share here story with other young girls!

  • Marissa Da Silva

    Shawn Johnson is an inspiration for many people, and encourages kids to keep on striving for their goals. I absolutely adore her for her strength and believe that she inspires girls like me that anything is possible. Shawn is so graceful as soon as she gets on to the floor. Even though I am around the same age as her, I to wanted to be a gymnast like her. I would absolutely love to win and read her amazing book so that I too can help inspire girls one day. :))

  • nacole

    I like Shawn Johnson! a lot

  • Yuna Katz

    Look forward to reading your book! Your an inspiration!

  • Breanna

    I’ve read the excerpts of this book, followed Shawn and want to continue reading. She is an amazing role-model and inspiration. I just love her…

  • Melissa W.

    I have always enjoyed watching gymnastics in the Olympics and was excited to see Shawn Johnson in DWTS. Great job winning that mirror ball trophy! I hope she has many more blessings in her life!

  • Judy Wolven

    Love Shawn and watched her on DwTS also. Shawn I would love to read your book about your life and faith.

  • Rebecca Taylor

    I remember watching her at the last Olympics. I feel for her now that she can not compete.

  • Kelly Pacheco

    Shawn Johnson!!!! i look up to u so much :) i was in gymnastics/tumbling when i was like 5 years old and did that until i was 10 and then i stopped cuz i cost too much money but then i begged my parents that i wanted to get back into it, so they said YES! and so now i have been doing tumbling for about a year now and im in level 2! haha not that u care but i just want to be just like u <3

  • Michelle Baxter

    Would love to read this book, she is a wonderful inspiration to people young and old.

  • Charissa

    I would love to read this book!!

  • Jamie

    Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  • heather

    I would love to read her book! Such an inspiration!

  • Susan Johnson

    Loved watching her in the Olympics and was disappointed to hear she wouldn’t be competing again. A very inspirational young lady!

  • Hannah

    I would love to read this book

  • Stefanie Jones

    I really want to read this book!!! I have taken a great interest into this sport lately and want to hear what it was like for a real athlete.

  • Teri Elliott-Hart

    Didn’t know she is a woman of faith! Sounds like a great story.

  • Tawni

    I’d love to read her inspirational story. Watched her at the Olympics.

  • Kaitlyn Perin

    I’ve loved Shawn since I was a little girl. She has always been my favorite person to watch in the Olympics and that will probably never change. She is so talented at what she does and I admire her. I would love the opportunity to read her book and find out what her life is like

  • Sandy

    Love Shawn (and Nancy :-)!

  • katie montoya

    I would love to win this book to get an idea on what it was like to be so young and a national hero, what went through her head?

  • Kim

    Saw her on TV…she is one amazing young woman! I am looking forward to reading… Love to you, Nancy, my NYT Bestseller Friend!!! I am SOOOOO proud of you!

  • Nancee

    I would love to read all about this inspirational young woman.

  • Kelly Raines

    Love gymnastics! I did gymnatics for seven years when younger. Looks like a great and inspiring story! Hope I win!!

  • Amanda Jertberg

    I was so sad to see that she wasn’t going to be in the Olympics this year. Such a wonderful young lady

  • jaclynn

    Shes such a spunky and well-rounded kid. I’d LOVE to read this!

  • Lisa

    Would Love to read this!!