Wallenda book hits shelves as Grand Canyon walk nears - FOX 13 News

Wallenda book hits shelves as Grand Canyon walk nears

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Nik Wallenda's Sarasota walk earlier this year (MyFOX file). Nik Wallenda's Sarasota walk earlier this year (MyFOX file).
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People around the world look on in awe when Nik Wallenda performs his death-defying stunts. Now, as he is getting ready for his biggest stunt yet, his first book is hitting store shelves. 

'Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line' is just what it sounds like, Nik said Tuesday.

"It tells the story of my life from the moment at 2 years old when I took that first step on the wire, to that crossing of Niagara Falls and everything in between," he told FOX 13.  "It's hopefully an inspirational book that really tells all of the challenges that I faced and the balance between raising kids, being a father, being a husband, and being a daredevil."

Nik credited faith and family with keeping his head out of the clouds -- even when he's hundreds of feet in the air.

"It's easy to become very ego-driven in the world I live in.  But my faith is that balance that keeps me grounded, as well as my wife.  She's very humbling at times; trust me," he laughed.

Nik will be hosting a book signing Friday evening at the Barnes & Noble on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, but that won't be your only chance to catch up with the hometown star.  He's getting ready for his upcoming high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon, and his practices are open to the public.

"I'll be training on a cable about the same distance, same length, but low to the ground.  We'll be recreating winds, drafts, updrafts, all that stuff," he explained.  "Since we live in Florida, we use airboats. They're the perfect fans to create winds of up to 90 miles an hour."

The practices are at Nathan Benderson Park, near University Parkway and I-75, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. every day except Mondays.

Nik's Grand Canyon walk will be aired live the night of June 23 on the Discovery Channel.  Unlike his Niagara walk, he'll be allowed to do it without a tether.

"I'm doing it the way that I've always dreamed of doing it," he added.

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