Saturday, January 8, 2011

In his book The Power Based Life, author Mike Flynt looks at various personal attributes and how they can be harnessed in order to strengthen the body, mind and spirit.  Flynt was a college football player who lost his scholarship and was kicked off the team before his senior year due to his frequent fights.  He had always regretted not playing his senior year, so at the age of 59 he went back and played his final year of football.  In the years in between, he’d worked a variety of jobs before discovering that he could make a career out of something he loved:  strength training and weight-lifting.  The book is divided into chapters such as Visualization, Belief, Adversity and Compassion.  Each chapter uses examples from both the sports world, his own personal experiences,  and the Bible in order to reinforce points.  While the book is positive and can be encouraging, I didn’t find it innovative or especially motivating.  Perhaps I wasn’t the target audience, not being especially tied to the athletic world, , although it might resonate with young athletes.  This book was a so-so addition to the crowded self-help market that didn’t bring anything new to the table.

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for this review


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