Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance

Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on November 15, 2016 by Zondervan
ISBN-10: 0310759668
ISBN-13: 9780310759669
3 Book Reviews
  • bsc
    bsc22 days55 stars
    Courage to Soar tells the story of the famous Simone Biles. But Simone didn't become a gymnast sensation from the beginning- it took hard work and effort. Coming up from a background of foster care with a mother out of control, Simone struggles to finally find a strong family who fully loves and devotes their time to her. Moving in with her grandfather and grandmother, Simone's life is finally becoming stable. Then on a field trip one day, she learns of a new and exciting sport: gymnastics. Getting enrolled in the new sport, Simone is thrilled. She quickly climbs the levels and learns harder moves. Challenges, mentally and physically face Simone. Forks in the road and different paths to take differ Simone's life. This autobiography is a story of courage and glory. Simone is a true legend and idol. Happy reading!
    • jadegotedalahe
      jadegotedalaheabout 3 years33 stars
      "Courage to Soar" is a non-fiction biography written about Simone Biles and her story. The author of this book is Michelle Burford, the cover designer is Ron Huizinga, and the interior designer is Denise Froelich. This book has 250 pages to read. It is about Simone Biles and all the challenges she has faced to get to the top as an Olympic gymnast. She needed to learn how to overcome these challenges. With this, she followed her goal and achieved great things. Simone Biles learned that with determination and confidence, you can achieve any goal. This can help readers realize this as well. Having a rough life, it was hard for Simone. For example, she had to be separated from her siblings and she had ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) which is a condition where one has trouble focusing. Simone needed to get over these obstacles and hardships throughout her life. Did Simone overcome these struggles? Of course! This lesson has led her to all of her success and has improved her life majorly. The lesson is if you work hard and don't stop, you can be unstoppable. After all, you are learning this from a four-time gold medalist, I'm pretty positive she knows what she is talking about. Although, this book can be very inspiring, when you read it, it tends to get boring and unpleasant. This book talks more about her childhood leading up to her success with random facts. Only towards the end of the book, it starts talking about her achievements. This can get boring because you just read on and on waiting to come across the interesting parts. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend this book to people who like thrilling stories, but I would recommend this book to people who would like to get motivated and improve their life. In further explanation, this story can be extraordinary to some but displeasing to readers who seek action-packed books. This story answers a lot of questions I've had, but missed one. I would like to ask Simone Biles if when you sometimes get very stubborn and have an attitude towards people and coaches, do you ever feel bad about the way you treat them?
      • mealmost 4 years
        this book looks amazing, so everyone read it