Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 7-24-2012
Redemption by Bryan Clay
Redemption is an appropriate title for this book. According to the Random House College Dictionary, Redemption means deliverance from sin, salvation, rescue, or atonement for guilt. The author gave deep thought about the title and how the title foretells his story.
As the reader turns the pages knowing the book will be about the redemption of the main character a deeper meaning evolves. The reader learns Bryan’s mother was also redeemed. In the story Bryan remembers when his mother smoked marijuana and had constant fights with his father. His mother’s life changed when she became a Christian. The redemption of Bryan’s mother set the foundation that would later help Bryan understand that both right and wrong decisions affect your destiny.
God’s thoughts are not our thoughts neither are our ways his ways. (Isaiah 55:8) God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
Bryan makes a point to tell his readers he was not a likely candidate for an Olympic gold medal. He points out his characteristics did not match the likely candidate of a star decathlon athlete.
It is empowering when you can look back over your life to see how God worked all things together for your good. God took the good, bad and the ugly and used it for good in Bryan’s life. The fighting he witnessed as a child between his mother and father. The anger he built up in his heart that caused him to fight kids at school. The bad choices he made throughout college all worked out in the end for Bryan’s good. This is why no one can tell your story but you. You know every detail of your childhood to adulthood.
It is a credit to Bryan because he told his story so eloquently while connecting the dots from his childhood to adulthood. He allows the reader to take a peek into his life to understand that his childhood and teenage experiences contributed to his bad behavior. The reader can also see that Bryan takes personal responsibility for his life. Bryan’s discipline and focus as a decathlon athlete helped him win in the Olympics. Bryan also understands that God orchestrated his life from the very beginning.
According to Jeremiah 1:5, God said to Jeremiah “before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” In Bryan’s memoir he reflects on a story his mother told him. When he was in his mother’s womb his mother prayed for him and ironically she was at a track. The track foreshadows the destiny of the son she carried in her womb.
In closing, Redemption is an interesting and easy to read book. The reader can see that Bryan has actively done some soul searching to find the answers to questions within him. The ending shows that Bryan is at peace with the experiences and events of his life that shaped his reality as an adult.
Brenda Johnson Padgitt’s mission in life is to use the creative talents God gave her in writing, teaching, and speaking to not only have self- fulfillment but to also have an impact on the audience God has predestined for her. Brenda is a mother, author, publisher, educator, entrepreneur, radio host and speaker.
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