Saturday, December 1, 2012

Book Review: Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold by Bryan Clay

What does it take to become a decathlete and what kind of person wants to become one?  This story explores the life of the 2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist, Bryan Clay.  I didn't spoil the ending for one should know this before going into the story!

I love the Olympics and I love reading about Olympians, especially ones who turn to God.  Bryan Clay is all that, but he did not start out that way.  His story shows us God has a plan for us and if we follow Him we can be a part of that wonderful, glorious plan.  God's plan for Bryan was just that, wonderful and glorious.

Clay lived a rebellious adolescence in Hawaii with his mother, stepfather, and various other relatives.  He was headed on a path to nowhere fast.  With prayer from his mother and help from his guidance counselor Clay turns to track and field to curb his rebellious ways.  In this, he finds the decathlon, a torturous two day competition at track meets.  He chronicles the story of his success in high school, college, and the world.  Not everything comes easy, especially for decathletes and their strenuous schedule.

I thoroughly enjoyed Bryan Clay's memoir.  God told his mother of His plans for Bryan and through hard work and dedication Bryan allowed God to work through him to make them come true.

I read this as a review request from BookSneeze using the Kindle App on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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