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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414378726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414378725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kristen4mk on September 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Lawrence Pfohl, aka Lex Luger, has experienced many 'exciting' things in his life. From growing up with a loving family, an obviously gifted in the world of sports child and teen, to college football, even professional football, and then to the heights of professional wrestling, Luger's life was a study in excess. Some might say he had it all and eventually threw it away, succumbing to the 'lifestyle' and eventually becoming addicted to adoration, as well as drugs and alcohol. He had affairs, spent time in prison, is apparently still distanced from his ex-wife and children (although he clearly loves them) and hit rock bottom before admitting that he needed help, spiritually and personally. In 2006 he chose to follow Jesus and his life has never been the same.

Shortly after making that decision he was paralyzed (in a crazy turn of events), and was diagnosed as a C-5-C6 quadriplegic with very little hope of recovery. Miraculously, within a year of that diagnoses he was actually able to walk unassisted and even live and drive on his own - just a few of the things doctors said would never happen! Currently one of his volunteer spots is at the Shepherd Center, the facility he was sent to for his spinal cord injury. He also works with a non-profit organization called World Wrestling Outreach as well as volunteers to help people with different addictions.

As I was not extremely familiar with the world of professional wrestling, this was a very interesting book for me. Don't we all love stories of redemption? He really owns his shortcomings, and there is no sense that he is trying to look good or paint things in a better light. For that I truly admire his transparency.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By not_graduate_level_work on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was a great depiction of the life of a true professional in sports entertainment. He brings to light some wonderful anecdotal references to his life growing up in Buffalo, a fact that I had not realized, to his dabbling in larceny along with destruction of property on several occasions. I thought that his summation of Joe Paterno was an accurate one, in that Joe was always looking out for the greatest interest of the families involved with the young men that he recruited.
Lex gives us an in depth look at his experiences as both a college and professional football players, as well as his trials and tribulations with the law. Luger also talks about his addiction to elicit drugs and womanizing. The womanizing is not went into great detail, assumingly because this is a Christian based publisher. He tells of his relationship with the former wife of Macho Man Randy Savage, Miss Elizabeth and her tragic death, which I considered sad yet compelling.
I loved reading about his training routines in extreme weather conditions. He does not mention what comes of his relationship with his ex-wife and 2 children, I would have liked to see a follow up on that, especially since his conversion to Christianity.
I guess I'd come to expect it, and thought it would be par for the course, but I wish he had talked more about how deaths related to so many wrestlers due to steroids impacted him. He mentions Bret Hart and he being close friends, yet he did not recount any of the events surrounding the death of Owen Hart. Overall this was a great book, and I actually listened to the audio version of his book on Audible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy C on June 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me be honest, I only picked up Wrestling With the Devil at the local library because it was part of the 2014 Tyndale Summer Reading Program. Growing up, I remember us kids watching Lex Luger in the wrestling ring and not liking him much. He was so cocky and acted like a jerk. I really did not expect the book to be a good read for me and reluctantly picked it up, having not so good expectations.
The book starts off with an impressive introduction from the wrestler Sting. Wow! My mind was right away changing about what to expect. In the beginning, Lex describes his growing up years and how different he was from his other family members. He tells how much trouble he was in through school. He really did sound like he was a jerk. He continues to tell of his college years, playing professional football, and finally how he began professional wrestling.
He goes through his entire wrestling career, including the highs and lows. But it seemed like he was constantly searching for something and never was happy. Bad habits and drugs led to many times in jail.
Then he discovered the power of becoming a Christian. It was amazing and inspiring to read how much he transformed into a likeable and admirable person. I loved reading about his faith and forgiving and giving nature. Such great testimony and proof that beauty, fame and fortune does not bring happiness but God’s love does.
After reading for so much in the book about Peggy and the children, I would have liked to have had an update on them. Did the kids go to college as planned? Did Peggy forgive him? Are they friends now? Maybe does not sound like a big deal, but I spent over half of the book reading about them and then they were not mentioned anymore.
I did enjoy this book and do believe that it is worth a read. I found it to be so inspiring and a reminder that no matter what God forgives and he is always there.
4 1/2 stars.
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