David Boudia is a world-class, gold medal, 10 meter Olympic champion.  His story, while interesting because the general public rarely gets such an intimate look at the life of an Olympic athlete, is also interesting because he struggled for years in his personal life.  Boudia openly states that he was spoiled, self-centered, and egotistic.

Greater Than Gold tells the story not only of his Olympic journey, but of how he changed his life completely.

About the Book

There are actually two parts to this book.  One part, as expected, covers his journey from a young boy to a world-class Olympic athlete.  The other part discusses how he changed his life–by finding God.

My Opinion of This Book

I found the athletic part of the story compelling.  Reading about his journey to ultimately earning a gold at the 2012 Olympics was fascinating, especially when he states that he was in the Olympic village for 10 days to essentially compete for 8.5 seconds (the total time it takes him to make his required 6 dives).  Wow!  The pressure.

The personal struggle was also interesting.  Boudia is clearly using his fame and this book to try to help others let go of shallow goals and dreams that we humans have–attention, recognition, glory–and instead find our worth in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  While I appreciate this message and am very impressed with how Boudia turned his life around, at times I did feel that the religious aspect of the story took over the book.  Sometimes the book felt a bit preachy to me even though it’s clear that Boudia is carefully trying NOT to do that.

This book is an aspiring look at one man, who to the rest of the world, seems to have everything, yet struggled deeply for happiness and fulfillment.  In 2009 he found God, and though he has had his struggles since then, his life is much more fulfilling now.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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