Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Focused by Noelle Pikus Pace, Book Review

This book was an incredible read! I just finished reading it and I loved the format that Noelle wrote in. She includes personal stories, experiences, motivational poems, scriptures, and anecdotes about life and how we can stay the course and achieve our goals.

Focused: Keeping your life on track, one choice at a time is a book that I will pass on to other family members and my children. Noelle is a courageous example of a person who exemplifies faith, courage, and perseverance--those are all qualities I strive for and that I want my children to reach for as well.

More about this book by Noelle Pikus Pace
In her first book, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace
shares ten vital lessons that have been instrumental to her
success—in sports and in life. From overcoming devastating
injuries to pursuing her dreams despite feelings of inadequacy
and loneliness to maintaining her values in the face of extreme
pressure, Noelle tells of heartbreak and triumph in a warm,
conversational style as she shares insights to help others focus
on the right priorities and find the faith to stay strong. With
dozens of full-color photographs, motivating observations, and
soul-searching reflections, chapters such as “You Always Have
a Choice,” “Dare to Stand Alone,” and “The World Is Watching”
offer a unique perspective for readers of all ages as they strive
to stay on track through the challenges and opportunities of
everyday life.

Noelle Pikus Pace competed in soccer, basketball, softball,
track and field, bobsled, and skeleton as a high school
student. She became a first team All-American in track and
field at Utah Valley University, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree in community health and later received a master’s
degree in business administration. In 2005, Noelle became
the first American woman to win the Overall World Cup
Title in skeleton. Favored to win gold in the 2006 Winter
Olympics, she suffered a devastating injury and was unable
to compete. The following year, she came back to win the
World Championship by the largest margin in the sport’s
history and ultimately won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter
Olympics.
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinions are always my own.

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