Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold

Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold


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Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Bryan Clay’s story is inspiring as well as sobering. As a parent it reminds you that your actions and reactions do affect your children in ways you sometimes don’t realize, and it gives you hope and faith that God is in control no matter what. God has a plan for each of our lives even when we don’t trust Him and follow Him. Bryan Clay lays his life out for all to see. He shows you dark side of his youth, the faith of his mother, the struggles of his family and the grace of God through it all, not just his trip to the Olympics and 10 steps to his gold medal. This book is its own medal to all the youth workers, teachers, and individuals who invest in our children’s lives. You never know what kind of influence you may be to them and on who they may become. (rev. M.Free) DISCLOSURE: We were provided a complimentary copy of Redemption by BookSneeze on behalf of the publisher Thomas Nelson and the author in order to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. There was no obligation to render a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For most of us, it's just a dream. For a few athletes every four years, it's a reality. One such athlete, Bryan Clay, is the subject of a new book Redemption, written with Joel Kilpatrick. Clay's life wasn't easy, and his Olympic path was hardly certain. He won the silver medal in the decathlon in 2004, followed by a gold in 2008. The overriding theme of the book is his mother's devotion to God and prayer. Clay had been an angry child, acting out violently as early as kindergarten. When his mother becomes a born-again Christian, she prays a lot. She eventually determines that track is the perfect sport, in part because it doesn't involve physical contact with other athletes. I found this book inspiring. There are many children today who could use some focus in life, a caring, praying parent, a dedicated coach, an outlet for their aggression. And even those of us who are adults, and who will never be world-class athletes, have the ability to achieve great things, if we are willing to pray, focus, and work hard. As always, a great thanks to Booksneeze, who provided this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of REDEMPTION: A REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, A PRAYING MOTHER, AND THE UNLIKELY PATH TO OLYMPIC GOLD by Bryan Clay and Joel Kilpatrick. I was intrigued by this since the Olympics are coming up; however, the book really didn’t hold my interest. I really enjoyed how this is a true story. I love to know that I am reading is fact. Bryan Clay took home the 2008 Olympic gold medal and 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. I must admit that I don’t normally watch the Olympics, so I had to look up what the decathlon is – feel free to snicker at me now. The book follows Bryan as he describes his life story to the reader. It came across very smooth, as if Bryan and I sat at a table together, discussing his facts. Uncomfortable topics, like STDs, are written as a matter of fact, no sugar coating or glorifying. I found it fascinating to watch him grow and see his athletic abilities build. Christ remained in his foundation, a steadfast reminder of who he wanted to be. I just, personally, couldn’t get into the story. I am not really into sports, so I believe that distanced me from the story. I highly recommend this to sport fans and anyone interested in the Olympics.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
Bryan Clay’s inspirational story starts with an angry kid who always fought with classmates and peers. He never tried to succeed in school and was headed for disaster physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. When his parents divorced he missed his Dad greatly. His mother remarried and became a Christian, but she and Bryan’s step dad quarreled often, leaving Bryan even more upset. He resented his mother’s prayers, especially her saying for years that God had told her Bryan would win an Olympic Gold Medal. Even after sports helped him channel his anger, Bryan didn’t believe his mother. At the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, he didn’t really believe her. But he felt God speak to him, that he should do his best and leave the results to God. Now, this young man credits God often and easily with all he’s accomplished. His intense discipline in training for the decathlon carries over to his discipline in seeking God. Bryan has won multiple major awards, including the silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 as well as the 2008 gold. In a few weeks (June 21, 2012, etc.) he’ll try out for the Olympic team and an unprecedented third gold medal at the Olympics. He knows the results of his preparation and performance is in God’s hands, however. An amazing story that challenges anyone to become more than they expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading the book Redemption by Bryan Clay. I want to recommend this book to you. From beginning to end this book inspired, motivated and encouraged me. From Bryan's life, we can learn that no matter where you start in life; you can finish strong. We see that we all have a purpose and a destiny, even when it looks just the opposite. Never give up, never quit is yet another lesson. Bryan said often in the book, "God doesn't expect me to be perfect. He expects me to give my best, and He'll make it good enough." That is so good. If you want to take your life to the next level, if you are dealing with overwhelming circumstances, then this book if for you. I highly recommend it for all ages.
LBrackbill More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Loved it. I couldn’t put it down! Bryan Clay holds two Olympic medals (silver and gold) in the decathalon and this is his life story. He humbly describes his beginnings–always in trouble in school, definitely on a path to being in serious trouble as an adult–and shows how the love and grace of God changed him forever. He tells his story at a great pace (no pun intended) and keeps the reader intrigued throughout the book. As he is a decathlete, much of the book discusses track and field and the lessons that he has learned throughout his training. These lessons are spread throughout the book while also including stories about his major life lessons and decisions. Bryan is a remarkable individual who went from being completely undisciplined and careless to being one of the most disciplined and steady individuals I’ve ever met. Bryan went to my alma mater (Azusa Pacific University) and he was a senior when I was a freshman. I watched him (on TV) in 2004 when he won the silver medal in Athens and in 2008 when he won the gold in Beijing. Because of this connection, I loved the book even more. I highly recommend this book! Whether you are an athelete or not, this book has lessons to share that apply to anyone and everyone. Pick it up today!