One of America’s most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze. The difference? In the intervening years, he’d changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God. In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what they’ve been seeking all along.
|Contributor(s)||David Boudia , Tim Ellsworth|
|About the Contributor(s)||David Boudia
David Boudia is an Olympic champion, a gold-medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and winner of multiple world championship medals. Winner of six NCAA national titles at Purdue University and winner of five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, Boudia was the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Lafayette, IN
Tim Ellsworth is associate vice president for university communications at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of Pujols: More Than the Game and God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.
|Publish Date||Aug 2, 2016|
- Review by Melissa
Greater Than Gold tells the story not only of his Olympic journey, but of how he changed his life completely.
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.
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. (Posted on 9/30/2016)
- Review by Jordan Wootten
Greater Than Gold by David Boudia was a refreshing book to read. In fact, I sat down today and read the entire book from cover to cover. I'm always amazed to hear the stories of people who have been confronted by the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and David's account provides a compelling example of the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
David spends his time in this book recounting the major moments of his life, both good and bad. One of the things that I appreciated so much about this book is how candid he was in sharing the frequency and depth of his struggle, both before his encounter with Jesus and after. He provided a really accurate picture of the ongoing struggle of sanctification that all Christians inevitably face as we continue on in life. I think, as well, that the book will be of great benefit to a wide audience because most, if not all, of what David shares many people can relate to. Whether it's the American Dream, or the facade of self-sufficiency, or the pursuit of pleasure, most of us battle these things everyday. One final thing, in particular, that I was struck by was how pivotal David's college coach and his wife were to David coming to faith. What a beautiful testimony, and how typical of the Lord to advance the message of the Gospel through its verbal proclamation: "Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was written well, it's a compelling story, and it's a beautiful testimony of the faithfulness of the Lord in salvation and sanctification. On top of those things, I believe that many people will benefit a great deal by reading this book. I can't commend it highly enough. (Posted on 9/17/2016)