- A Rebellious Spirit, A Praying Mother, and The Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold
- Bryan Clay ©2012 with Joel Kilpatrick
- Thomas Nelson Publishers
- ISBN 978-0-8499-4827-5
- 249 pp. Hdbk.
Bryan Clay’s inspirational story starts with an angry kid who always fought with classmates and peers. He never tried to succeed in school and was headed for disaster physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
When his parents divorced he missed his Dad greatly. His mother remarried and became a Christian, but she and Bryan’s step dad quarreled often, leaving Bryan even more upset. He resented his mother’s prayers, especially her saying for years that God had told her Bryan would win an Olympic Gold Medal.
Even after sports helped him channel his anger,Bryan didn’t believe his mother. At the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, he didn’t really believe her. But he felt God speak to him, that he should do his best and leave the results to God.
Now, this young man credits God often and easily with all he’s accomplished. His intense discipline in training for the decathlon carries over to his discipline in seeking God.
Bryan has won multiple major awards, including the silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 as well as the 2008 gold. In a few weeks (June 21, 2012, etc.) he’ll try for an unprecedented third gold medal at the Olympics. He knows the results of his preparation and performance is in God’s hands, however.
An amazing story that challenges anyone to become more than they expect.
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