Book Review: The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt

Every January millions of people make resolutions and set goals that they would like to achieve during the coming year. Millions of people also start reading self-help books and watching self-help videos to help them to achieve these goals and to teach them that one magic step that will allow them to finally get their goals. I am no different. I tend to go through phases of reading self-help books in order to become a better person and to live better each day. Recently I had the opportunity to read The Power Based Life: Realize Your Life's Goals and Dreams by Strengthening Your Body, Mind and Spirit by Mike Flynt.

Mike Flynt is best known as the oldest person to play NCAA football, by competing on the Sul Ross State University football team at the age of 59, in 2007. He is also the founder of Powerbase Fitness, LLC, which according to his biography on the back of his book, helps people to live better through strength training. In his book, Flynt offers tips and techniques to change your life to reach your potential and to to get the the point in your life to do what you were born to do and to reach your power base- or your personal strength used to gain access to your best life.

Flynt offers 12 strategies to gain access to your power base. These include cultivating a winning attitude, seeing what can be, defying the skeptics in your life, and knowing who you are playing for, among others. The strategies are meant to help you gain access to your best life by tapping into your full potential. Flynt does NOT tell you what YOUR potential is, rather he offers you the tools to figure it out for yourself.

Like many self-help books that I have read in the past, Flynt offers some practical strategies to follow. He offers his own story as his experience and he does not sugar coat his own failures. Using sports analogies and stories, Flynt offers very straight forward advice.

Along with the sports analogies, Flynt bases much of his examples and strategies on biblical text. This is one of the downfalls of this book for me. It seemed like much of his book was trying to convert the non-Christian reader into a born-again Christian. He argues that this is not the case, however I found the religious aspect of his text to be overpowering (especially in his use of carrying a Bible around in public as an example of his strategy of "flying your flag") and distracting from his strategies to success. If you were raised in a Christian home, as I was, most of the strategies are common sense.

The other downfall of the book, in my opinion, is that the book starts out very strong and is very well written in a conversational style. However, as the book progresses there seems to be times that the paragraphs seem to divert from the original plan and do not seem to belong. This is especially true in the last chapter of the book. The title of his book says that he will focus on helping you strengthening your body, mind and spirit. 99% of the book is focused on strengthening and giving you tools to work on your mind and spirit. The very last chapter is focused on your body and is almost an afterthought. It left me wanting to know more of the correlation between strengthening my body as part of living up to my potential.

Overall, The Power Based Life, was a good read. It helped me to think about what I was born to do and made me ask myself if I am living up to my potential. It allowed me to look at things in a different life and I am looking forward to putting some of his ideas to work in my own life. I was taken aback by the religious rhetoric that was in the book, but once I got past that I was able to find some purpose for the book in my life. If you are looking for a book that makes you think, and you are looking for a very religious view, or you don't mind religious overload than this book may be for you!

DISCLAIMER: I received this book free from the publisher through the  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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