Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review // Redemption by Bryan Clay

This book is the autobiography of Bryan Clay, a decathlete from Hawaii who has won silver and gold medals in the Olympics. I picked this book hoping to see him compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Unfortunately, he didn't make it through trials. Nevertheless, his story is fascinating and inspiring. He shares how he was a troubled kid with a rough family life. He struggled in school and in relationships. But his mother always prayed, believing the best for him, and God provided a series of open doors to help Bryan overcome his past and discover his calling.

I enjoyed reading this book and was very much encouraged by his perspective as an athlete. It was interesting to read about how similar faith and athleticism are. Diligence, determination and trust are all essential to success in every area of life. Bryan's story reveals the rewards of doing it right as well as the contrasting consequences of doing it wrong. He is an Olympic athlete, but he is a real person. He has hurts, fears and weaknesses to overcome. But in humility Bryan invites readers to take a glimpse of his reality. The book is an easy read and I would recommend it for anyone with an interest in sports and faith. If you read it, get ready to be inspired!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.