In Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold, Olympian Bryan Clay shares his personal memoir of trial and triumph. The story details Bryan’s early years and allows readers to watch as two paths vie for the Olympian’s affection. A road of self-destruction and sin seduced for many years threatening to obliterate any hopes of a career and Olympic gold as an American decathlete.
Throughout his teen years and early twenties, Bryan displayed flashes of brilliance in his decathlon efforts. However, for years he battled taunting voices in his own mind that claimed he could never be good enough. Fortunately, coaches, teachers, an “on again off again” love interest, and especially his mother encouraged him to press on, fully utilizing the talents God bestowed.
The first word in the title, Redemption, not only points to Bryan’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, but also foreshadows the Olympian’s ability to overcome adversity and rise to victorious achievement.
At times every believer doubts his or her ability to fulfill God’s call. This book challenges readers to hold fast to the will of God, letting Him accomplish His purpose through a willing vessel. A must read for everyone, especially sports enthusiasts and those who love a bit of romance sprinkled in for good measure.
May God bless Bryan Clay in future endeavors!