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

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

Thomas Nelson Publishers 2012 Hardcover

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The inspiring and gritty story of the World's Greatest Athlete

"Redemption" tells the inspiring and gritty story of Bryan Clay, the world's greatest athlete and winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. By the grace of God, Bryan went from being a fist-fighting, drug-using, presuicidal kid in Hawaii to world champion in the toughest Olympic sport. His secret? A dramatically rediscovered faith and his mother's relentless prayers.

"Redemption" goes beyond standard sports memoirs giving a clear storyline of an athlete's misspent youth, his desperate Christian conversion at a time of utter personal defeat, and his mother's fervent prayers that helped transform him into a top athlete, family man, and loving father. Bryan's story will inspire mothers, fathers, and young readers alike as they experience the rise of a champion from obscurity and failure to the pinnacle of athletic achievement.

The world will be watching Bryan, at the age of 32, defend his gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

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  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • ISBN: 0849948274
  • ISBN-13: 9780849948275
  • SKU: 9780849948275
  • Release Date: April 30, 2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover

About the Author


Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay was born to Gregory and Michele Clay on January 3, 1980, in Austin, TX. His mother is of Japanese heritage and his father is African-American. He also has a younger brother named Nikolas. Bryan’s parents divorced while he was in the fifth grade. As a result, Bryan spent the majority of his child and teen years in Kaneohe, HI, and was strongly influenced by his mom’s Japanese culture. “Our house was always full of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. We ate ozoni (a traditional Japanese rice soup) on New Year’s Eve. My life was very Japanese.”

Bryan enjoys coaching, hunting, fishing, and the beach. He listens to Christian music, jazz, R&B, inspirational, and country. Some of his favorite movies include Fifth Element, Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Chariots of Fire, and Super Troopers. Some of his favorite shows are 24, American Idol, House, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, I Shouldn’t Be Alive, and Fox News.

Bryan may be an “Olympic Champion” whose image appears on Wheaties’ boxes across the country, however, his true pride and passion lies in his faith and his family. Bryan met his wife Sarah in college and together they have three kids, Jacob, Katherine (Kate), and Elizabeth (Elle).

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