Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bookreview: Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold

This book will be available on amazon.com starting May 1, 2012. I reviewed the paperback version through booksneeze.com

Book will be available on May 1, 2012 through amazon.com!

The book is aptly entitled Redemption because Bryan Clay has in his short time turned his life around from an endangered teenager that sought fights and was extremely aggressive to a focused athlete, a Christian and family man. It was not an easy story and the author does not try to hide or whitewash his past. The troubled upbringing, surrounded by fights and drugs, the brief respite a college that soon turned into endless parties and no schoolwork until eventually he turned his life around with the help of his first serious girlfriend that ended up becoming his wife and mother to his three children.

For those readers that do not know Bryan; he is the winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. He is again completing for the Olympics this year in London, competing in his third Olympics and he is only 32 years old - quite an accomplishment for any athlete.

Bryan in collaboration with Joel Kilpatrick wrote this memoir and it is a book that is recommended for any parent dealing with a rebellious teenager as well as younger readers that seek guidance in life. The story of Bryan is a story exemplifying that life can be turned around and no matter how low you may sink, there is hope and change is possible.

Bryan did not find his way to the top alone, there is a strong mother that never gave up a hope. There is a girlfriend that taught him hard lessons, but never stopped believing in him. No one has to go this walk alone and Bryan makes it clear that for him finding God was the beginning of turning his life around. 

 Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by either booksneeze or the author.

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