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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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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