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Shawn Johnson, Winning Balance, Book Signings Announced: Olympic Gold Medalist Will Begin Media, Book Signing Blitz Next Month

Carol Stream, Ill.—Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, today announced that former elite gymnast Shawn Johnson, an Olympic gold and three-time silver medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion will kick off a comprehensive book tour on Tuesday, July 10, to promote her new book, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams. The tour will include multiple national, regional, and local media appearances, as well as book signings in New Jersey, Iowa, and additional cities yet to be determined.

In Winning Balance, Johnson provides an intimate look into her life, including her remarkably balanced upbringing in Iowa, her quest for gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, her hard work and determination in the face of adversity after the Olympics, her turn on Dancing with the Stars, and what she learned during her Olympic comeback attempt.

“People have kind of fabricated and put this image of who I am together over the years,” said Johnson. “I wanted to tell my story from my perspective and tell people the details and behind-the-scenes stories that they didn’t know—the hardships I went through, the good times I went through—and hopefully inspire people to do something a little differently and find a passion that can drive them.”

The book signings for Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams are as follows:

Saturday, June 16, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Family Christian Stores
7105 Mills Civic Pkwy #160
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 287-6868

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: (201) 445-0726

Saturday, July 14, 2012
12:00 p.m.
Hy-Vee Store 31018 Ames #2
640 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 232-1961

4:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
4550 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 221-9171

Additional book signings are still being scheduled and will be announced at a later date.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible and has since grown into one of the premier publishing houses in the industry. It is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

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Winning Balance Book

You’ve seen her perform gravity-defying gymnastics moves. You’ve seen her win Olympic medals in Beijing and the coveted mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. You’ve also seen her land on her feet—with her trademark smile—even when things haven’t gone her way.

Despite achieving more success and celebrity in her first two decades than most people experience in a lifetime, things haven’t been easy for Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. Her first gymnastics coach told her family she lacked talent. Her modest upbringing in Iowa made elite competition unlikely. Although she won four medals at the Beijing Olympics, she was denied the big prize she’d dreamed of—the all-around gold medal. She had a terrifying experience with a stalker and would-be kidnapper. And after suffering a potentially career-ending injury, Shawn ultimately had to rethink what was truly important. What did she want most in life? What kind of success was worth pursuing? Would she ever find true faith, lasting hope, and real love?

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