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Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire," doesn't know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico, st ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2013)
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Luke Daghir
Dec 29, 2015 Luke Daghir rated it liked it
Nik Wallenda provides a truthful account of his life, endeavors, and struggles. I enjoyed this autobiography as Nik explains his struggles, vulnerabilities, and accomplishments.

The art of being an aerialist is something I never thought of until Nik walked across the Grand Canyon a few years back. Walking the line is an art in and of itself and to read Nik's account of his life was awesome.

The Wallenda tradition, and the tradition of all circus goers is rather extraordinary. The amount of time
Michelle Clark
Feb 22, 2015 Michelle Clark rated it it was ok
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, and had high hopes for it. The story of the Wallendas, and particularly, Nik Wallenda, has the potential to be both captivating and informative. Unfortunately, Nik Wallenda isn't the best person to tell that story.

Nik's writing felt very choppy and amateurish to me - a bit like reading a 15-year-old's journal. A great deal of print is devoted to his personal thoughts on his faith, drive, and ego, lending little to the actual narrative, which was
Nov 02, 2015 Lorenzo rated it liked it
This book is a must read for any Nik Wallenda fan. Wallenda is truly open about all the aspects of his life that influenced him, both positive and negative. While the writing is rushed at times, the content is mostly entertaining. The use of scripture was a tad excessive, but it was certainly a display of Wallenda's values. As other reviewers have stated, the chapter on Niagara Falls was the best part of the book, as it really details all the difficulties involved in securing the walk, but the o ...more
Ruth Ann
Apr 20, 2016 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ruth by: Berthoud Methodist Book Club
Shelves: own, memoir, christian
I found Wallenda's book to be a compelling read. He is definitely a risk-taker but not just on the wire. He humbled himself by revealing a family history of complicated relationships and flawed actions. He spoke about faith and the role it plays in his life and career, in a time when being Christian is not "in vogue". Though he has detractors and his family has suffered tragedies, he has exercised discipline in pursuing his goals.
I hope there is a follow-up book. I would like to know if he retur
Sandra Stiles
Jun 29, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, memoir
Living in Sarasota my husband and I jump at the chance to watch any circus performers. I've done book signings where we met other members of the Wallenda family, had members perform in our Christmas pageant, or come to a school I taught at to perform and speak to our students at the conclusion of our circus unit. The week before Nik Wallenda walked across the Grand Canyon I had the privilege of finally meeting Nik and his wife as he practiced at Benderson Park. I've heard people talk about how h ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
This book may seem simplistic as some have critiqued but it is from the heart. It is enlightening to learn about courage and confidence from a great performer. We all learn from each other if we are willing to listen. I love Nik's walk with the Lord and the way he surrounds himself with fellow Christians. Marriage is not easy but Nik bends to hear what the Lord is saying. Made me feel different about performers and especially ones whose families have been involved for years. Nik Wallenda's story ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Interesting book on Nik Wallenda who walked across Niagara Falls. Very interesting and learned a lot about the Wallendas but it seemed to jump around a times. It is definitely heavy on the faith side of his life but I would have liked to learn more about his career. He seemed to be successful at a young age and then continue to run into money crisis which didn't seem to agree with his late teen years. Quick read
Jun 17, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
I was really into the first few chapters of this book when the author wrote about his family's history with the circus (I have a things for circuses!) About half way thru I felt like his descriptions of emotions with each feat or stunt became repetitive. He becomes extremely self-righteous and I sort of despise his own character. To top it off, it was a tad too spiritual for me, I found it distracting at parts. I think it was a good book about following and achieving your dreams, so it gets poin ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
It is an inspiring book. Being faithful and courageous about life.
we should master the essence of life by taking challenges every day!
Nik's family is always on the Line (physically and financially) . if you become a master in your life, you will reach your goals( personal and financial.

every time you are discouraged by difficulties, think about Nik can cross Niagara Falls. Life is short, let's do something magnificently and leave your legacy behind.
Aug 02, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
This book was a very quick read for me. It could have been because of the connections of Nik's hometown being the town in which I live or the fact that Nik's kids went to my former school. Although quick, it is filled with an interesting glimpse into the world of the circus and some of the difficulties that life can bring. Additionally, reading about Nik's personal struggles and continued faith are inspiring. If references to Christian faith turns you off, then this is NOT the book for you. Inst ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Boyce rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Nik Wallenda tells about his dreams and goals, and how he achieved them. He tells about his walk with Jesus as well as his walk on the line. I learned about family history which I found interesting.
Becky Smoot
Jun 28, 2015 Becky Smoot rated it liked it
Interesting story, but I agree with another reviewer so said he wasn't the one to tell it. I loved that he was so open about his faith.
Danielle Maccabee
Sep 29, 2015 Danielle Maccabee rated it liked it
Not award-winning literature but a very interesting read! I liked it.
Oct 08, 2015 Stacy rated it it was ok
I have literally read every other book about the Wallendas. I admire them, and I am fascinated by their lives. I was at Niagara Falls to see Nik Wallenda walk across. It was incredibly inspiring. I am a Wallenda devotee. However, I was disappointed by this book. As others have said, it was somewhat vague and repetitious. It felt like the ghostwriter didn't quite get to the heart of his story. The book is still worth reading if, like me, you are interested in all things Wallenda or just want a pl ...more
J.H. Johnson
Aug 20, 2014 J.H. Johnson rated it it was amazing
Life is precious.
Sep 30, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
This book, the autobiography of Nik Wallenda, great-grandson of famout tightrope walker Karl, was gripping. The family history is not sugarcoated (Karl was a philanderer), nor does Nik try to portray himself as anything other than a sinner in the midst of God's grace ( he struggles with a controlling personality as well as with his ego). He highlights his recent famous walks, including the one above Niagra Falls, broadcast live and seen by an audience of 1 billion. An excellent read.
Jul 15, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
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Sep 22, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
This is a book put out by a Christian publisher, so there's a lot in here about Nik Wallenda's faith and such. The writing was just okay, but I thought his story made up for it. I really enjoyed learning about the Great Wallendas, circus life, what drives someone to walk a wire across Niagra Falls, etc.
Melissa Rhoads
Apr 01, 2015 Melissa Rhoads rated it it was amazing
Captivated by his walk across the Grand Canyon, my husband bought this book. It was terrific. Nik is a highly motivated man who balances his work, family and faith in Jesus to entertain people and bring glory to God. It was inspiring and amazing to hear his story.
Nov 25, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I wanted to learn more about Nik and his family heritage. I learned a great deal about both. I also appreciated how he shared his faith in this book; he was very specific in that aspect.
Nov 06, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: autiobiography
Not a bad read. I'd encourage Nik to write a book just on his walks over Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.
I appreciated his integrity throughout this book and believe he's truly living a Christian life..
Nov 10, 2013 Marge rated it liked it
I didn't find this book particularly well written or engrossing , but did enjoy finding out more about the Wallendas and their lives performing.
Ro Magrecki
Feb 12, 2014 Ro Magrecki rated it liked it
Interesting story about an interesting family.
At times it was a bit preachy, but it was fun to get some insight to
the life of performers.
click here to find it in the catalogue.
Mark Sheldrake
Aug 19, 2013 Mark Sheldrake rated it liked it
Plenty of balance on the high wire but major struggles off the wire.
Jesus is the answer to being balanced on and off the wire
Mar 24, 2015 Lily rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, biography
I enjoyed this book about the famous Wallendas.
Diane Curtis
Dec 10, 2013 Diane Curtis rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Very choppy and simplistic
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