I recently read this book titled “The Power Based Life” by Mike Flynt. Mike is a football player and in 2007 at age fifty nine, He received national attention by returning to his college alma mater, Sul Ross State University, to play his senior year, thus becoming the oldest contributing member of a college football team in NCAA history.
It is stated that this book was developed out of Mike’s desire to help others discover who God created them to be and the work they were designed to do. Mike explains through his personal experiences with some good Biblical references as well as various sports stories. He also presented some good quotes from various people appropriately in the various chapters of the book.
I took my time to read through this book from beginning to the end before I wrote this review. He divided this book into twelve chapters targeting various areas and strategies of life such as Playing your strengths, Mastering the essentials, Cultivating a winning attitude, See what can be, Defying the Skeptics, Moving forward relentlessly, Knowing who you play for, Fly your flag, Turning your difficulties to your advantage, Practicing Radical Mercy, Maximizing your moments and Sowing in health and reap a longer life.
The first chapter starts with a question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He honestly writes about his real life experiences and the fist fights he got into while he was in college and how he got kicked out of college. He returned to the world of football as a follower of Jesus Christ. Sports had been his old passion, but he states that his passion for Christ reordered all his priorities and showed his old world through a new set of eyes. Mike writes “I was advanced in age but I had a younger man’s body and a child’s faith. He writes in this book that for him to start each day without God’s word would be like stepping into the football field without his helmet. He also writes that there is no way he can play the game of life and ever hope to succeed without this fundamental staple each day. This fundamental rule must apply to all our lives.
Some of the chapters that really impressed were “Defy the Skeptics” where he writes about King David from the Bible. He mentions about how David chose his weapon wisely where he mentions that he found the tool that bridged the gap between a shepherd and a soldier, David believed in God, he believed in his ability and he has chosen his weapon wisely.
In the chapter titled “Move Forward Relentlessly”, Mike presented a true story about third grade students who had to write down their choices on what job they would like to take when they grow up. He mentioned about one student who wrote that he wanted to be a “Professional Basketball player” as his three choices and the teacher wanted to know who it was and also explained how tough it is to get into the NBA. The young man raised his hand and the teacher asked him why he did not at least provide two choices and he replied “Because I am going to play in the NBA. For me there are no other choices.” It turns out that he is none other than LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers – top NBA draft out of high school, Rookie of the year, 2008 and the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2009. What a great illustration! This book has a lot of real life stories about various people and spread over all across the book appropriately. Other chapters that I am impressed with includes “Fly your flag” and “Adversity: Turn your difficulties to your advantage”.
Mike Flynt is strength training coach and owns a company called Powerbase Fitness LLC, it came as no surprise to me as Mike dedicated the last two chapters of this book to physical fitness and wellness of the body. He uses First Corinthians 6:19-20 as a base verse for this as it states “Do you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…”
Overall, I must say that the “Power Based Life” is a great read for anyone who would like to improve their body, mind and spirit. I recommend this book for anyone has a dream and truly desires to live up to the full potential. Mike- Thanks for sharing your experiences through this book.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of the book titled “The Power-Based Life: Realize Your Life’s Goals and Dreams by Strengthening Your Body, Mind, and Spirit” by Mike Flynt to review. Opinions expressed are my own and not those of Thomas Nelson.