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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Female Ninja Warrior?

So this is a new blog, and I am trying to establish a certain feel that will inspire teen girls and young women. A few posts back I mentioned Kacy Catanzaro, a very exceptional and inspirational young lady who was the first ever female to qualify for American Ninja Warrior. After her, two more women qualified in different cities, but only Kacy made it through the city finals.  She has become a viral sensation, and I'm happy to say, I was on the cutting edge of noticing her. My boys and I have been following the Ninja Warrior shows for years, and it is so exciting to see females finally rising to the occasion. Kacy's success has won her a strong fan base among men and women alike.

While I believe that God created males and females differently to represent varying sides of His image, I also firmly believe that he has called both his sons and his daughters to be strong and courageous. That he has given each young woman unique gifts and callings, and that women should feel as free as men to explore and use those gifts, whether they be in more traditional venues as stay at home mothers, teachers, and nurses, or less traditional ones like engineers, soldiers, or politicians.

Kacy's amazing combination of feminity and strength really captures the spirit of the Valiant Heart Series, and as I mentioned before, she would be a perfect candidate to play my tiny, tough, acrobatic Merry Ellison of the first book, Dauntless. Here is the video of her finals run.

Tonight begins the national finals. I do believe one more woman will be there on a wild card draw, but I think you all know who I will be cheering for. Go Kacy!


  1. I'm taking it as a given, judging from some of the photos posted on your other blog I think, that you have seen 'Princess of Thieves'. Kiera Knightley is quite little too I believe, or was then as she was about 15 when she was in that movie.
    Believe it or not, I actually kind of liked it in some way, yes it was corny, predictable and quite far-fetched in places- like riding from London to Nottingham in a few hours, a distance of around 250 miles.
    But Robin Hood and the leading characters were played by a Brits, which counts for least for me, and it was not antagonistic to Christianity, like a lot of other modern movies. I felt it cast the clerical characters in quite a positive light actually.

  2. Yes, my kids loved that movie when they were younger. I was absolutely picturing Keira as I wrote my book Dauntless. I have several pictures of her on my pinterest board :)