Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line Hardcover – June 4, 2013
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
There will be many who read his book and declare him a show off. I sure hope so. He wouldn't make it very far if he were not. His book was a look back at his family's roots, and his path to where he is today. I learned so much about his family history. It was not always pleasant or easy. There were always financial worries. Nik's work ethic was shaped by these experiences. I definitely identified with a lot of that. I have had a job since I was 13. Nothing was beneath me.Read more ›
The Wallenda family has been associated with the high wire for generations and for the circus for generations before that. While Nik Wallenda's parents never pushed him into the spotlight or forced him to live a circus life, once he had a taste of the high wire, he never really gave it up. Today, with the popularity of circuses waning, Nik Wallenda has managed to bring his family's name to new heights--literally and metaphorically--as a wire-walking daredevil.
Balance is primarily Nik Wallenda's story--and the title applies to more than just the precision needed for the high wire. Balancing family life with professional identity; behaving as Christians in a culture that often wasn't; balancing personal fame with giving that glory to God--that combination, that humanness, that raw and powerful struggle to uphold a family legacy and a Christian identity on the public stage, is what truly takes Balance from a nice feel-good story to a biography to be remembered.
Nik doesn't whitewash the dysfunctional aspects of his family history--or even his family currently. He tears down the carefree celebrity mentality some might associate with the circus life and instead shows the volatility of the industry and the passion one must have to pursue it.
The first half of the book recounts Nik's childhood and upbringing, chronicling his first forays into the circus and frankly discussing the dangers of the high wire. The second half focuses on Nik's more recent exploits and the behind-the-scenes efforts that usually go unnoticed.Read more ›
The book had some good parts but surely wasn't as well written as I had hoped..
Not a bad read - but not compelling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I greatly enjoyed reading this honest portrayal of a great man and where his history has led him thus far. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pamela Mescall
Wonderful autobiography which lets us know the Wallenda history, and the history of their family faith. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Connie White
I'm a huge Nik Wallenda fan, living in Sarasota and having the chance to see him often, both performing and even shopping in Walmart. The title tells it all. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R Squared
Very inspiring in terms of faith, hope & love. With God all things are possible even when politicians say no. God is sovereign. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cab
I loved this book and found the circus background fascinating! As a long-time fan of the circus and an animal lover, it was interesting to read about the travelling lives of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lynnie