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
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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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  1. MitchBlackburn
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good - Especially for young athletes
    January 13, 2013
    MitchBlackburn
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Redemption is Bryan Clay's first-person tale of redemption - in two, interwoven ways. Most importantly, is Clay's description of the people and processes in his lift that lead him to a personal relationship with Christ. Secondly, its his tale of transforming from a confused, angry kid to a world-class decathlete.

    It is a great story, and Clay does a good job of demonstrating how his development as a Christian, and the related principles drove his success as a husband, father, and athlete. The language and writing style is simple, so it would be particularly well suited for a young athlete. However this same writing style may make the book seem a little juvenile for adult readers.

    I would recommend this book to parents that want to help their children recognize the power of Christian development in both their religious and athletic development.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. alisa
    Utah
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    January 3, 2013
    alisa
    Utah
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed this book. I had not heard of Bryan Clay before this book but I admire how many times (and this may be true with many athletes) in not quitting during competition. I especially liked the times when he was in the very hardest parts of his competition and he "turned it over to God" in that he was going to do his best and God would do the rest.

    Having come from a rough childhood, I was amazed that little by little God helped turn Clay's heart into something that could work for something more. Though he started doing events and partying without God's help, eventually he realized that God had a higher plan. I loved that even though Clay turned his life over to God in his athletic competitions, he didn't ever stop preparing or planning himself. I find this to be true in many things in my life.

    I also enjoyed how his wife Sarah made such an impression on him to be and do good, as well as his children once he had children. It was especially tender the note he got from his little boy that "he runs really fast". I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a little help in moving their life higher.

    Not knowing much about the decathlon, those parts were also very interesting.
  3. Archie Isib
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    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Grab this!
    November 10, 2012
    Archie Isib
    Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Bryan used his sport and his faith to fuel each other. He was able to set his priorities and apply lessons from his physical training to his spiritual training. You would love Brian if you read this! I think "Redemption" will apply to you. It's a story of transformation from a bad past to mediocre to amazing future. Bryan Clay's story is one of hope and seemingly impossible prayers being answered. It doesn't matter actually what kinda sports you belong to, like in my case I love skate board, this book is a great tool for to use my passion to serve and honor God!
  4. Muffy
    Chillicothe, Oh
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Redemption
    July 19, 2012
    Muffy
    Chillicothe, Oh
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    As I have stated many times....biographies are my favorites! This didn't let me down.

    Redemption is the story of Bryan Clay. A rebellious child whose parents divorce made him a bitter, challenged child. His mother never stopped praying for him no matter how rebellious he was. She was told by a counselor to put him in a sports program to keep him out of jail so a local track club was her only option.

    Little did she know that her decision would lead to two Olympic medals.

    Bryans life was a constant rebellion against God. His story and how he learned to surrender not only to God but to his coaches, family members and friends is an incredible and beautiful story.

    Being the mother of a rebellious teen, I could't put this book down. It also gave me hope that God does answer the prayers of a praying mother and cares about those hard to handle teenagers.

    I am giving this review in exchange for this book through Booksneeze. I am no way required to give it a good review.
  5. LVictorino
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    LOVED IT
    July 17, 2012
    LVictorino
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever run so hard you thought you might pass out? Ever heard of the 100 meter-dash? Usually run in 12 seconds or less (the world record being 9.58 seconds), the 100 meter is just the first of ten grueling events that make up the decathlon.

    Enter Bryan Clay, the Olympic 2004 silver and 2008 gold decathlete.

    If you knew Bryan when he was growing up in Hawaii or attending college in California, you wouldn't think twice about his chances of medaling in the Olympics someday - it would be a hands-down no way. Getting in fights for no reason, failing in school, a dysfunctional family life, partying and getting wasted - sure, the kid had athletic ability, but there was no way he would ever rise to the top with that type of lifestyle. His problems had problems.

    Enter Jesus Christ, specialist in hope, and Redeemer of souls since, well, the beginning of time.

    Redemption is an awesome story of one man's struggle to find God and his life's purpose. While Bryan Clay had some raw athletic talent, he wasn't getting anywhere without a purpose. When he finally makes the decision to put God first in everything, even sports, the results are out of this world.

    My favorite scene from the book takes place when Bryan was competing at the 2008 Beijing Games, struggling to finish and fighting off exhaustion and injuries. Choosing to rely on God instead of human effort, Bryan says, "God doesn't expect me to be perfect, He expects me to give my best, and He'll make it good enough."

    I recommend this book to anyone who needs a change or some encouragement, whether they are a Christian or not. There is something is this book for everyone; we can all relate to a story about finding our calling, and the rough path to get there. The thing about Redemption is that Bryan Clay's search doesn't just end in a superficial vocation; it ends in finding God's salvation, love, and peace. Watch as he journeys from simple beginnings and becomes the humble, God-shaped role model we all desire to look up to.

    Written as an autobiography but read almost novel-like, Redemption includes a lot of technical decathlon specs, and insight into the life of someone who has been on both sides of the track. Lost, and now found. Redeemed.

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    Disclosure in accordance with FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze and was not required to write a positive review; all opinions expressed are mine.
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