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Kick Start: A Story of Overcoming Life’s Obstacles to Inspire You to Kick Start Your Future Paperback – August 2, 2012
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About the Author
DR. EMMET C. (TOM) THOMPSON, II is a speaker, businessman, educator, and football coach. . On November 14, 2009, he became the first over-60 NCAA football player. Alice Sullivan is a writer and editor. She has worked on over 600 titles including 11 New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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One seemingly bright thing was the wealth of his grandfather. On reaching the age of 21, Tom inherited a significant sum of money. For a short time, this allowed him to live a lifestyle most of us can only dream about. But Tom was a young man with lots of money, the freedom to spend it, lacking maturity and boundaries. Soon the money was gone.
In my view, there are two ways to read this book. One is simply as a spectator to the train wreck and then the recovery. Just observe the ups and downs in Tom’s life – the stops and starts, the failed marriages and finally finding redemption. Rather late in life Tom turned to religion, found a purpose, and got his life in order. As high has he had flown, there were some extremely low points – but in the end, Tom found a soul mate that shared his vision and religion. They went through some tough times but eventually things worked out for them.
The other approach is to read this book from a curious viewpoint. Observing Tom’s struggles and realizing that his failures did not come so much from circumstances but from the pursuit of things that were not going to bring the rewards he was seeking. At one point in his life, Tom would purchase and trade very expensive cars more often than most men buy new shoes. He was seeking validation from material acquisitions, from outside achievements. When he finally discovered what really mattered in his life, things took a permanent turn for the better.
Much of Tom’s achievement and satisfaction in his life happened as a result of his strong religious faith. Religion was pretty much absent from his early childhood. But once he really embraced his faith, his life greatly improved.
The book is a very easy read. The chapters are short and the story moves along at a rapid pace. You can enjoy the story or you can look deeper and discover the important things in life.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
In reading Kick Start I tried to be as unbiased a reader as I could. I found myself laughing out loud in several instances when Tom would tell stories from his childhood or young adult life. He has a way of really connecting and engaging the reader with his stories whether they are light hearted or serious. Tom is the everyman who persevered tragedy, heartbreak, and poverty to achieve the goals that he laid out for himself. He proves that any of us can do what ever it is we dream of in life as long as we are true to our faith in God, our family, and ourselves.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.