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Richards-Ross, Sanya. Saving Grace: What The Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God And Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Sharing her successful yet difficult story of running and life, author and Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross writes of her triumphs and downfalls, happiness and heartache, achievements and collapses, all while realizing we cannot do it alone. Applying her 4-Ps approach (Push, Pace, Position and Pose) to her running career and extending it to her life, Sanya Richards-Ross acknowledges and shares how her trust in God allowed her to embrace and develop her given talents on the track as well as in life…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Opening the book and not closing it until it was finished, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Like having a conversation with Sanya herself, the book just flowed. Truly appreciating the closing of each chapter with one of the 4-Ps, not only did I listen to the encouraging words for life but also have incorporated some of the thoughts into my own running mantra. As a true Christian model, Sanya Richards-Ross is blessed yet humbly and enthusiastically tells her story. Definitely a book I will return to in snippets for self-reminders…excellent!

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Chasing Grace from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Strong Is The New Skinny

Cohen, Jennifer and Colino, Stacey. Strong Is The New Skinny: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Maximize Your Power. New York: Harmony Books/ Random House Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
strongWith a central message stating that the point of fitness is getting stronger and healthier through empowerment and doing (not deprivation, suffering and extremes), Strong Is The New Skinny teaches that strong is more than physical. Way past just being skinny, this book offers a determined mind-set, exercises, encouragement, variations and attitude adjustments to help you be your best at your strongest…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Be prepared to be amazed (as well as sore, tired, yet so proud)! I truly appreciated the overall message in this book…anyone is capable of being strong, healthy, challenged and successful…at any age, fitness level and size. Starting with a reality check, pursuing self-goals, working diligently, persevering and applauding success, authors Jen Cohen and Stacey Colino provide the necessary head-work, exercises, techniques and tips, and well placed motivation to help realize strong is not the same as skinny. With pictures for examples (just as a side note…some may find the pictures not as conservative as they may like), challenge variations and sample workouts, Strong Is The New Skinny is like a Personal Trainer! With a list of exercises at the back of the book, I was able to access each exercise easily on my eReader for reference at the gym. Be ready to change your focus, thought-process, strength and abilities with this book!  Strong is healthy!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Strong Is The New Skinny from Blogging For Books for my honest review*