Redemption is the story of Bryan Clay, as told by himself. He shares with the reader stories from his childhood (which was certainly not easy), his struggles (of which there were plenty), and his incredible journey to becoming a decorated Olympic athlete. I really enjoyed reading his story. His completely candid and honest way of sharing is refreshing! Bryan Clay did not hold back in sharing of the struggles he had as an angry teenager. He tells with grit of the attitude he had, and how it nearly cost him a very important relationship. As he was growing up, he was known as the troublemaker, and he practically welcomed the label. His mother, however, never stopped believing in him, loving him, and having faith that he would do great things with his life. I loved reading as he talked about his mom…I could really feel his love for her, even as he wrote of some of the “silly” things she prayed about (a good spot in the parking lot, for example), and as he shared his frustrations with her and other members of his family at times.
Bryan’s story is another reminder that we as people are ALL bigger than our circumstances, and I was thrilled to read his book. You can order the book HERE. I am giving it 4 stars: I really liked it.
A little more about the book:
The inspiring and gritty story of the World’s Greatest Athlete
Redemption tells the story of Bryan Clay, winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. By the grace of God, Bryan went from being a fist-fighting, drug-using, presuicidal kid in Hawaii to world champion in the toughest Olympic sport. His secret? A dramatically rediscovered faith and his mother’s relentless prayers.
Redemption goes beyond standard sports memoirs, giving a clear storyline of an athlete’s misspent youth, his desperate Christian conversion at a time of utter personal defeat, and his mother’s fervent prayers that helped transform him into a top athlete, family man, and loving father. Bryan’s story will inspire mothers, fathers, and young readers alike as they experience the rise of a champion from obscurity and failure to the pinnacle of athletic achievement.
* I received a complimentary copy of Redemption from BookSneeze, through Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions are mine, and mine alone.