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

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Hardcover

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This is the story of the most unlikely Olympic decathlete in history. Despite size and stature, Bryan Clay is the defending champion of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and winner of the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. His journey is as inspiring and triumphant as it is gritty and troubled. More than just a sports memoir, Redemption tells the story of a fist-fighting, drug-using boy and how the relentless prayers of his mother transformed him into a Christian family man and Olympic gold medalist. An inspiring memoir that will encourage you to achieve victory in all areas of your life!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0849948274
ISBN-13: 9780849948275
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

This is the story of the most unlikely Olympic decathlete in history. Despite size and stature, Bryan Clay is the defending champion of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and winner of the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. His journey is as inspiring as it is gritty, as troubled as it is triumphant.

Far more than just a sports memoir, Redemption details the drudgery, devastation, and ultimate conversion that led Bryan to become a world champion. “[God] had a plan when I believed that dreams never came true because, in my life, they never did,” says Bryan. Through a remarkable series of events and devoted prayers of his mother, Bryan’s life was turned around into a victorious narrative of truly being redeemed.

Author Bio

Bryan Clay, watched by billions of television viewers in 2008, won the decathlon gold in Beijing and the silver in Athens in 2004. Bryan enjoys hunting, fishing, and the beach. He also counts it an honor and a privilege to coach and inspire children to make wise decisions, develop good time management skills, stay in school, follow their dreams, and maintain a well-balanced life style. Bryan and his wife, Sarah, have three children.

Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist, author, and humorist. Founder of LarkNews.com, Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He and his wife have five children.

Publisher's Weekly

St. Paul used athletics, specifically a running race, as a metaphor for the spiritual life. Clay, winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, would feel very comfortable with Paul’s comparison. A mixed-race (African-American and Japanese) kid growing up in Hawaii, whose dysfunctional parents split up when he was young, Clay explains how he grew from an angry troublemaker into a staunch religious believer whose Christian faith guided him across the finish line. Before he was able to channel his rage and aggression into a positive direction, the author was constantly getting into trouble when he was young. His mother, who had become a Christian, prayed, like Augustine’s mother, Monica, for her son to open his heart to God. Finding religion did not mean an end to life’s obstacles, however, and Clay faces more than his share on the way to becoming the “world’s greatest athlete.” The author’s testimony about being “chosen” by God to achieve may be, at best, naïve theology and often comes across as egotistical. Clay is undoubtedly a contender in the 2012 Olympics, however, and his inspiring story is likely to win him some fans. (May) 2012 Reed Business Information

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