This book is the autobiography of Kim Hamilton Anthony, a black
athlete who was eventually inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame.
She lived a difficult life as the poorest of the poor in Virginia.
Her mother and father sacrificed much to get the gymnastics training
that Kim needed. Her mother, especially, gave her all for the sake
of her daughter. Kim struggled with poverty, rejection, and physical
and emotional pain, and yet she prevailed as an athlete in her
chosen field of gymnastics. This book was hard to put down because
it told such a compelling story. Central to the theme was God's
grace, mercy, and provision in Kim's life. Indeed, her purpose
in writing this book, more than telling her own story, is to provide
encouragement for others and lead the reader to a fulfilling life
of serving God.
This book should be required reading for your middle school or
high school-aged student. I intend to make it a book report selection
for my granddaughter this year. I cannot think of an autobiography
that I have read recently that has impacted me more or that I have
enjoyed reading more. I highly recommend this book.