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Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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Arguably one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, Michaels offers readers an intimate look at his transformation from a self-destructive, drug-addled superstar to a devoted father, husband, and born again Christian. Michaels wrote about his career up to 2002 in his first book, Heartbreak and amp; Triumph (2005), and here he focuses on how he incorporated his faith into the dazzling and strange world of pro wrestling, including his role as a mentor to young wrestlers and his relationship with WWE CEO Vince McMahon. Each chapter leads with a short Bible passage, and as his story moves from wrestling to his retirement in 2010, he provides faith-based advice on subjects such as tithing, self-awareness, and selfdiscipline. Still, the book is not overly preachy and is told with self-deprecating humor and candor. Michaels, who currently hosts a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel called MacMillan River Adventure, has appeal across multiple demographic categories, and this slim volume has something for all of them. (Booklist)
About the Author
In 2010, Shawn Michaels retired from the WWE after a successful run of over twenty years in the ring. A native of San Antonio, TX, Shawn officially became a part of the WWF (now the WWE) in 1988. An eleven-time winner of Pro Wrestling Illustrated and WWE’s Match of the Year Award, Michaels has been blessed enough to be the WWE World Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Royal Rumble winner (twice), Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion along with many other noteworthy accolades. He also has compiled list of memorable nicknames that fans across the world associate with his career in the WWE, including: The Heartbreak Kid, The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event, The Icon and Mr. Wrestlemania.
In addition to his wrestling career, Shawn continues his work in the area of Christian ministry working with various churches, charities and organizations which allow him the opportunity to the spread and advance of the gospel. Since his retirement from the WWE, Shawn has turned his focus toward spending more time with his wife and kids, while hosting Shawn Michaels MacMillan River Adventures television show on the Outdoor Channel. Shawn currently lives on his ranch in west Texas with his wife Rebecca and their two children, Cameron and Cheyenne.
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Instead of sensationalizing what happened before or since, Shawn gives a measured look at what he has done wrong and what he's done right, indicating a man of character and maturity who wants to help others. He freely admits to his mistakes without going into salacious detail and gives simple advice using well worn scriptures.
I found the simplicity of this book quite comforting and appealing. In the cacophny of life we often are search for short cuts and new ways of looking at things that will revolutionize everything without real work or change. Although never pretending to be perfect, Shawn tells how real change is a daily choice of repentance, faith, and making the simple choices God wants you to make.
Shawn's memoir gives details of his wrestling life and homelife, but he keeps the focus on where it belongs: the God who saved him and to whom he gives all the glory.
Well done, Showstopper, well done.
I remember back when Shawn became a Christian back in 2002, This book is his testimony of his walk of Christ since then.
You could really file this book under the Christian Living category. This is a summary of all the things that God has taught him over the years. He talks about how he was before he came to Christ and his life since then. He goes into detail about his marriage and family as well as all the struggles he's been through. He talks about his outdoors show too.
Needless to say, I used the highlighter on my Kindle quite a bit. If you're a Christian and are familiar with HBK or pro wrestling, I'd recommend picking this up. I was really blessed by reading it.
I found myself inspired this time around. I realized he's no different than any other Christians. I discovered someone who goes through life trying to please God; A man trying to do his best in life and be the best example he can be to everyone with one of the best attitudes ever.
Really impressed with this book. Really impressed with Shawn Michaels. Read this book.