* Balance by Nik Wallenda


Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line is the story of  a most unusual family business: the business of aerial performing. This is a business in which your childhood memories may include watching your grandfather fall to his death and watching your parents struggle financially even if they are the best at what they do, just because entertainment choices have changed with the advent of TV and other options. And it’s a business in which the author has thrived because of his willingness and ability to create big challenges (such as walking across the Niagara Falls) and to arrange complex financing and PR for them. That part of the story I found very interesting.

The rest, not so much. The organization of the materials and the writing is rather awkward. And the faith part of the story grated on me: every good thing is God’s gift, but somehow every misadventure, and there are many of them, has nothing to do with God. What a convenient arrangement.

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