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Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Bryan Clay , Joel Kilpatrick

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This is the story of the most unlikely Olympic decathlete in history. Despite size and stature, Bryan Clay is the defending champion of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and winner of the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. His journey is as inspiring as it is gritty, as troubled as it is triumphant.

Far more than just a sports memoir, Redemption details the drudgery, devastation, and ultimate conversion that led Bryan to become a world champion. “[God] had a plan when I believed that dreams never came true because, in my life, they never did,” says Bryan. Through a remarkable series of events and devoted prayers of his mother, Bryan’s life was turned around into a victorious narrative of truly being redeemed.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Editeur : Thomas Nelson (30 avril 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring 30 avril 2012
Par SteveB - Publié sur Amazon.com
In ancient Greece the athletic ideal consisted of more than just prowess in a given sport. It was the combination of a healthy mind and a healthy body. The ancient Greeks believed that the development of the mind, spirit, and body were intimately joined, and that a true champion had mastered all areas. An athletic victory involved both the athlete's physical and moral virtues. Physical training was valued for its role in the development of not only one's physique but also one's character. It is in this light that one must read Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay's autobiographical work, "Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold."
Clay went from a childhood involving drugs, violence, familial dysfunction and academic indifference to an adulthood that includes a healthy marriage, fatherhood, charitable foundations and Olympic gold. How he did this is the real story of "Redemption." It is a story of a mother's faith and unequivocal assurance that life had more in store for her son than his rocky beginnings. It is a story of a son's resistance, and eventual acceptance of that faith.
Clay, along with co-author Joel Kilpatrick , interweaves a story of personal salvation with a heavy dose of track and field insider information that this reviewer found fascinating. Clay's sport of choice, the decathlon, is far more grueling than I ever expected. The constant competition, grueling pace, and lack of sleep put it on par with any marathon event. And while the athletic aspect of the story is captivating, it pales in comparison to the internal war that raged in Clay's mind and spirit throughout much of the narrative. That he was able to overcome these internal battles and emerge such a successful and likable individual is a triumph of the true Olympic ideal.
Overall, the book is a very interesting a rewarding read.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Redemption 23 avril 2012
Par Dr S. Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great insight in the training of a decathlon athlete. Explains the amazing details of how the decathlon competition operates. Bryan's journey for the gold medal is inspiring. Bryan shares his life lessons with the reader and proves that we are not all world class athletes but we all can become champions in life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Integrity's Bright Line 17 octobre 2012
Par ck - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I became a Bryan Clay fan during the 2004 Olympics, when all I knew about him was that he was a world-caliber athlete and that we had graduated from the same high school, albeit years apart.

Four years later, it was breathtaking to watch his performance in the 2008 Olympics and to celebrate his perseverance. Local and national stories focused on Clay's training and athleticism rather than on his life journey and choices: understandable, perhaps, in this age of the pithy sound bite, but not satisfying. Watching Clay and the other decathletes, it was obvious that their training and competitions are exacting and exhausting, and I wondered how they summon the mental and physical stamina to succeed simultaneously in multiple disciplines. However, decathletes seem to be like comets -- they blaze briefly and gloriously in predetermined four-year cycles -- so I was eager to read this memoir.

In "Redemption," Clay describes his journey of becoming an athlete and adult. He is detailed about his athletic development in a way that is comprehensible and interesting for laypeople. Equally intriguing are the glimpses he shares about his development as person. Vignettes from his childhood, including long hours with the family business, hint at the sources of his stamina and attention to detail. Candid retellings of miscues and missed choices show the development of a person who is willing to grow. I am being purposefully vague here because you should read those sections in his voice, unfiltered.

In 2012, Bryan Clay was poised to bring his best to London, but that didn't happen. He had a rough qualification meet in hurdles and discus, and did not place high enough to earn a spot on the three-man U.S. decathlon delegation. His memoir ends before the 2012 U.S. trials, so it does not describe how he continued to live his principles. However, readers of "Redemption" likely could have predicted how Clay chose to proceed. Rather than petition the U.S. Track and Field organization to allow him or another athlete to fill the vacant third spot, Clay decided to support the sport he loves from the sidelines.

Said Clay in a written statement at the time: "My love of the sport compels me to preserve its integrity. For this reason, and though it pains me, I believe that the USATF's decision to take only two decathletes to London is the right one. Ultimately, it is in the best interest of the sport to keep the integrity of the rules in place."

Bryan Clay's story is not over, and neither is his influence on athletics and sportsmanship.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mesmerizing Melody Of A Meandering Youth. 19 avril 2013
Par Big Data Paramedic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you have a kid who is in school or College, this book might be the best gift for Christmas. American history is littered with sportsmen who have defied all odds and have reached new heights. There were rich kids born with golden spoon , and kids from ultra poor background. But Bryan was neither rich, nor poor. Neither living in the streets or with gang members. He was an ordinary kid .

He did smoke Marijuana, Wasted himself with alcohol,Was constantly in trouble with authorities; teachers, parents and Police. Could have got arrested for beating up, and took particular pride and satisfaction in it. Physically he was short and was not even close to how a budding champion will look like. Nor was his family a dream home.He was not particularly rich nor poor either. Even his path to Olympic gold was dotted with indiscipline.How did He make it to Olympics ? Read this interesting narrative,in simple god centric language, that anyone can relate to.While the story is inspiring, It is very well written, and Here are some examples :

" The odds were in favor of me landing in jail, getting hooked on drugs, or being involved in teenage pregnancy - not in favor of competing at any level in anything"
SCHOOL PLAYGROUND : " They were playing - I was competing"
TEACHERS: I don't remember many of my teachers,but I will never forget Mr. Awa because he taught me an important lesson. He was one of few who was willing to risk making me angry so he could teach me something. I didn't follow his advice right away,but it remained in the back of my mind for years.

THE PRACTICE: Our code of Honor said there was no excuse for not showing up ( fully drunk and wasted in late night parties)and performing even if our performance was sub par. We never missed practice for anything"
TRACK : I had all sorts of troubles. Track became my escape. When I got to the track, I did not think about anything else. That habit became important to my career.
LATER: Without any fanfare as I walked across the ACU campus, I closed the door forever on the old lifestyle.

I continued to learn was how much I have to give up so I can excel in an area. I had already learned that I could not stay up late , live my life however I liked, and then expect to compete well. I have to be in bed by 9:00 PM and up at 6:00 AM. My body and my mind need that time to recover. I can't go to late movies, can't stay out with friends. The sacrifices go further than that. I also have to give up things that other people take for granted: snowboarding, riding motorcycles to name a few. I even stopped arguing. Arguing can be exhausting, so I became more ready to apologize to Sarah and settle conflicts early.
ROUTINES: I transformed myself from a guy who hated routines to a guy who relied on them. Proper routines,in athletics and in life are foundations to success.

The above paragraphs stuck me like a nail in a wet wood. Every parent want their child to excel and yet families, even kids sleep late, maintain shallow routines and compliment with unhealthy food habits - No doubt America is slipping in many areas.

I promptly passed on the book to a Middle Schooler . Then Googled for "Bryan Clay".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Redemption 7 août 2012
Par Amanda Talbert - Publié sur Amazon.com
I recently had the opportunity to read a book called "Redemption" by Bryan Clay. When I chose to review this book, I will be honest - it's because it looked the best out of all the options. It wasn't because I thought I would enjoy it, or because I knew who Bryan Clay was (an amazing Olympic athlete.) I actually put off reading the book for a couple of weeks because I don't normally like autobiographies very much. When I did finally pick up this book it took me just a couple of nights to read the whole thing. Bryan has a great testimony. He spent his childhood dealing with a broken family, constantly getting into trouble, and running from God as fast as possible. But his mother just as constantly was on her knees praying for his future. It's amazing to read his story and see how he came from a kid who just liked to run to an Olympic athlete.

For me, reading his story of growing in his faith was really interesting. Bryan is a completely likeable person, and he was so honest about all of his feelings throughout his early years growing up and in college. But then I was also intrigued by his details of what was happening in his track & field life. As a former track star (okay, okay, that's over-reaching!) I knew many of the sports he was discussing, but I'd never heard of a decathlon. I never knew the physical stamina you must have for events that seem so simple, like javelin-throwing and the high jump. I was really into those parts of the book.

I finished the book around 11:00pm last night and immediately started Googling Bryan. I have not been watching the Olympics this year and I was now berating myself - if he was participating I definitely wanted to watch! Unfortunately he did miss the Olympic trials this year and is commentating rather than competing.

This book still made me gain so much respect for athletes. There is so much that goes on in the background that we don't know about, especially for competitions that don't get as much publicity like track & field. Also, Bryan's faith is extremely prevalent in his life. I now follow him on Facebook and you can tell he's just a normal, honest family man who has really strengthened his faith over these last few years.

I am definitely passing this book on, and I highly recommend for it to be read by you.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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