Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestlerr[[ [NOOK Book]

Overview

Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his ...
See more details below
Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestlerr[[

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$22.99 List Price

Overview

Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his life. And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

Lex Luger always made headlines. He made sports front pages winning three world heavyweight championships, demolishing high-profile rivals, and changing sponsors. Then, after his semi-retirement, he galvanized media attention with arrests for domestic abuse, drug possession, and other felony accounts. And then things got even worse. His life hit a new low in late 2007 when he suffered a spinal stroke that reduced this once consummate athlete into an insecure quadriplegic. Only a religious conversion and a continuing recovery reversed his decline and transformed him into a man who finally knew what he had been doing. A memoir with crossover appeal for religion readers.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414385716
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 148,502
  • File size: 5 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 17 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(9)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews
  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a beautifully told story dealing with addictions to drug

    This is a beautifully told story dealing with addictions to drugs, sex, and alcohol. There are many stories from inside the wrestling industry. It is a great book.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 20, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Lex Luger definitely thinks a lot of himself. His story is very

    Lex Luger definitely thinks a lot of himself. His story is very interesting, but also fairly egotistical. Overall I enjoyed the book.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved watching Lex Luger wrestle on tv during his hay day. I a

    I loved watching Lex Luger wrestle on tv during his hay day. I always wondered what became of him. I found this book to be a very interesting account of his life - from childhood to wrestling fame to self destruction to rebirth. His new found faith in God is incredibly inspirational.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 12, 2013

    Hulk Hogan Andre the Giant Jimmy Superfly Snuka The Nature Boy R

    Hulk Hogan
    Andre the Giant
    Jimmy Superfly Snuka
    The Nature Boy Rick Flair
    Ole and Arn Anderson
    Junk Yard Dog

    If those names are familiar to you and strike a memorable chord with you, then this book may very well be for you.  I grew up watching WCW, WWF, and NWA on Saturdays after my paper route.  I watched the cartoon and even bought some of the large, rubber action figures.  I had my favorites and I anticipated the cage matches.  But there was one wrestler who was at the top of my list of favorites – and I do not say this because I received the book.  Instead, I requested the book BECAUSE he was my favorite. 

    Lex Luger!

    Just the name brings back fond memories.  I remember the black trunks and boots.  I remember looking at his physique, which was my early introduction to the world of chiseled physiques.  I all-around enjoyed watching him.

    And I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book.  Born Lawrence Pfohl, Lex Luger broke into the professional wrestling scene as a top performer.  But his path to success was fraught with pitfalls, most of them self-made.  Lex was an athlete who had the potential to have a successful NFL career, but it would never be.  He virtually ruined his chances as a trouble-making college athlete, and that path directed him toward professional wrestling.  But it wasn’t until his wrestling career took off that Lex’s lifestyle caught up with him.  Sinking in a world of drugs, alcohol, women, and money, it’s what God used to capture his attention.  Finally.  While serving time in jail, Lex met a chaplain.  At first, Lex only used the chaplain to get out of his cell for a while.  But after a while, he began to grow on Lex.  After Lex’s release from jail, the pastor pursued Lex without badgering him about Jesus Christ.  Finally, one day Lex began asking questions, and that’s when the floodgates opened!

    Today, Lex Luger – Lawrence Pfohl – is a follower of Jesus Christ, telling his inspirational story to others who find themselves struggling with handicaps and addictions.  “Wrestling with the Devil” is inspirational in the fitness realm, but is even more inspirational in the missional realm.  It raised important questions in my own mind, like:\
     - Do I befriend people for right reasons, introducing them to Jesus along the way?  Or do I evangelize “drive-by” style?
     - Am I committed to make lasting life changes, and inspire others to do so as well?
     - Could I love a person out of their addictions, even if I was mistreated or “used” in the process?
    -  Do I have my priorities in order, or do temporal things occupy my commitments?

    Rating: I loved this book.  I was inspired in areas of physical fitness, evangelism, and personal growth.  This title captured all three elements very well.  Kudos to Lawrence "Lex" on this one, and thank you, Lex, for letting me peek into your world.
    Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishing (Blogging for Books) in exchange for my unbiased review of it.  I was not promised rewards or threatened in any way to provide a positive review.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Incredible Story - Must Read!

    Wrestling the Devil By Lex Luger










    After years of hard work, Lex Luger had it all. Fans screaming for him & money rolling in. He was the "All-American". Outside the ring, Lex's life was falling apart bit by bit. He was having a secret affair & a serious drug addiction. His world fell apart when fellow wrestling star who was also his mistress died from a drug overdoes in Lex's apartment. But then the best thing that could have happened to Lex did. He met a pastor who would not give up on him. Slowly but surely Lex found his way to God and was saved. After being saved Lex was in a tragic accident. His newly found faith helped him to power through & be a inspiration to others. His honest memoir, retells his struggles & demons, and how through new found faith he is stronger than ever!

    This story touched me as I was just saved 5 months ago. Lex fought some incredible demons & still found his way to God. It makes me even more glad that I found my way to God as well.
















    I Will be giving away a copy of this book. Come back to my blog for more details



    *I recieved a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review for Tyndale Publishers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 21, 2013

    Lex Luger shares his story of athletic success, drug abuse, infi

    Lex Luger shares his story of athletic success, drug abuse, infidelity, belief in Christ, and medical crisis.

    I am not a wrestling fan and had never heard of Lex Luger before reading this book. Even after reading the book, I am not a fan of Lex Luger. For the first two-thirds of the book, I kept thinking, how is this a Tyndale book? The most entertaining part of the book for me was when he shared his name was the Narcissist for a time because the whole time I was reading I kept thinking how narcissistic this guy was. Suspecting that at some point he would repent and turn from his past ways (because it is a Tyndale book), I kept reading and waiting for a conversion or a change of heart. It was a little disturbing the way his past life was seemingly glorified, with little discernible remorse.

    I was happy to read that he was introduced to Jesus and turned from drug abuse, but I would have enjoyed reading more about his life now, instead of it being almost an afterthought. It seems that Luger still stuggles with narcissistic tendencies and it would have been interesting to read about how he might be making amends to the people he hurt in his past - especially his wife and children.

    Overall, this is not a book I would recommend to anyone other than wrestling fans. If you are familiar with the world of wrestling, or Lex Luger, you would probably enjoy this book. If not, you might not enjoy it as much.

    I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 29, 2014

    This was the story of a very popular wrestler who went down the

    This was the story of a very popular wrestler who went down the wrong road of drugs and addictions and it very nearly killed him, but through the help of a relentless county jail chaplain, he came to know God and accepted Him as Savior and became a new man.  Then a spinal cord injury sidelined him for awhile and he overcame great obstacles there as well.  It was and is a wonderful story of redemption and how God wants to use all of us to further His kingdom.  There is no such thing as "too far gone."  The story was well-written and grabbed my attention and held it.  

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 26, 2014

    Let me be honest, I only picked up Wrestling With the Devil at t

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Reading books off if the Tyndall house summer reading program ge

    Reading books off if the Tyndall house summer reading program gets me out of my comfort zone in the things that I read. Not only am I not a football or wrestling fan, I thought this might be an interesting story. I had never heard of this guy before, nor did the picture on the front ring any bells for me at all. He certainly had an interesting life and redemption story. But he made many mistakes along the way, as most of us do, prior to bring saved. I am curious though if he made amends with his children for what he did. As the story did not address that at the end at all. Interesting read, even if you, like me, are not a sports fan at all. Wresting was described in a way that I now understand it better. Did this book make me a fan and instill a desire in me to watch it? No, not at all. But it was interesting.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 11, 2014

    While growing up in the Midwest, I would often catch big time wr

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 11, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Reading the book, was a mere reminiscent of my childhood, nothin

    Reading the book, was a mere reminiscent of my childhood, nothing more. The question that constantly linger in my mind when I read biographies was never answered. Throughout the book, he never answered why he behaved as a jerk and what the death of Elizabeth meant to him. Since this book, claims to account the redemption story, using the greatest redemptive story as a mirror for his life before Christ poured His saving grace on him could have gave the biography a lesson readers can take home. As the book stands now, it just a story about the guy who had lots of muscles, wrestled as a pro, did drugs and Christ was preached to him. Period.

    This book was received free for review from Tyndale

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Must read for a wrestling or non-wrestling fan

    Fantastic book. In full disclosure I am a wrestling fan and Lex Luger was one of my favorites growing up. I love learning about some of the inner workings of the business, but even more so enjoyed the redemption of a troubled man and seeing him redeemed through Christ. I can honestly say I am a bigger fan of post-wrestling Lex Luger than I even was of him in his prime.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    GAY

    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Lame

    I've read many sports biographries and this not worth the read. Heavy on Jesus, light on details...hoped for more.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Lawrence Pfohl, aka Lex Luger, has experienced many 'exciting' t

    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. Reading between the lines however, it appears that there has not been a reconciliation of any kind with his ex-wife and children, as they are not mentioned at all following the divorce section. If you ever paid any attention to wrestling you will definitely be interested in this book, but I truly think it is a great read for just about anyone.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Great book. Quick read. Luger is very truthful and very in-depth

    Great book. Quick read. Luger is very truthful and very in-depth in the experiences in his life and career.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    This is really a remarkable story of a man who has overcome a nu

    This is really a remarkable story of a man who has overcome a number of personal demons to triumph. You certainly don't have to love wrestling to enjoy this book but I think wrestling fans will enjoy it very much.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)