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

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

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

By Bryan Clay, with Joel Kilpatrick
Published by Thomas Nelson


The path to Olympic Gold is not on a paved, even path. It involves struggle, blood, tears and having a life changing experience with God.

Redemption follows the path of 2008 Gold Olympian Athelete Bryan Clay. Although Ghost Written by Joel Kilpatrick, Clay’s voice comes through the book.

I’m not a sports following person, unless it’s Hockey, so I had not heard of Bryan Clay before. I entered the book tentatively expecting it to be a story of how he struggled to get into physical shape and what he gave up in order to reach the Olympic Gold.

I was not expecting to read the story of a man who struggled for most of his life with issues of faith. Bryan came from a troubled household and spent most of his young life in and out of trouble in school. He turned to fighting and alcohol to deal with his feelings. But that wasn’t the life that God had planned for Bryan.

As Bryan aged he began to discover the role that God has played in Bryan’s life, pushing him and answering prayers in unexpected ways.

This book is way more than the journey to Olympic Gold it is also the journey to faith. I could not put this book down, Bryan’s story is entralling. Now with the Olympic’s coming up again, I will look forward to seeing Bryan on the worldwide stage, now that I know some of his story.


If you have struggled with your faith, not knowing what direction to take in your life this book is for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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