Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wrestling with the Devil by Lex Luger

While growing up in the Midwest, I would often catch big time wrestling. I was engrossed with the likes of Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and others. Thus, I was very curious when I saw this book by Lex Luger.

What a fascinating read. Reading of all that Larry Pfohl (his real name) went through was inspiring and provoking. From being athletic and wanting to play football, to his introduction into entertainment wrestling, Luger rose to astounding heights but like the Prodigal Son, was brought low.

It started with a desire to be a college football star. Being recruited by some top schools, caused Luger to get a big head but this all changed when he made some stupid decisions. However, the stupid decisions did not end there.

Luger played Canadian football and was then brought into the NFL. However, during this time, he was introduced to wrestling as a means to make some money in the off-season. It was then that Luger became the wrestler he was known for.

He trained hard and proved himself which led to making it to the big time. Sadly, a life of drugs and alcohol was not far behind. Living the "good life" as a celebrity and athlete was more than Luger dreamed it would be but more than he bargained for. In time, his life would fall apart, and he a convicted felon. However, God was not done with him.

I found this to be a great book and an easy read. Seeing how God uses the broken is something all should learn and this book is but one story of such brokenness.

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