Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Redemption by Bryan Clay
I knew nothing about the decathlon until picking up this book, but now have a greater appreciation for the event and what the athletes have to go through to succeed. The sport is physically demanding, but also requires a lot of mental focus. I like that Bryan openly shares his successes and failures both on a physical and emotional level. He learned from past mistakes and learned to turn to God for his strength when he felt like giving up. Sometimes the details were a little more than I needed, but I think a track athlete or fan will appreciate them.
Another thing I liked about this book was the way Bryan used his sport and his faith to fuel each other. He was able to set his priorities and apply lessons from his physical training to his spiritual training. His comparatively small size and troubled youth made him an unlikely champion, but he overcame, and he gives glory to the One who made it possible.
This is a great book to read before the Olympics! Enjoy!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.