This Book Helped Michael Phelps in Rehab
American superstar swimmer Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals led the carrying the American Flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games last Friday. In an interview with ESPN this week, Phelps referenced how the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren helped him recover and come out on top during his rehab.
Phelps said in the interview with ESPN, "It's turned me into believing that there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet...I think it helped me when I was in a place that I needed the most help."
"In treatment, Phelps earned the nickname Preacher Mike because each day began with a chapter of "The Purpose Driven Life," a book given to him by former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and good friend Ray Lewis. Phelps shared the lessons of each day's reading with other patients. He opened up to his therapist and other patients about his struggles with his father, his vicious fights with Bowman and the challenges of handling fame. One day, he confessed that he had long seen himself as the "bring the family back together" baby. His therapist's response: "Well, you failed. How does that feel?" In time, Phelps came to realize that all those snake nightmares followed some sort of conflict, conversation or thought involving his father."
The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling non-fiction hardback in history with 40 million copies sold. Released in 2002, it simultaneously hit No. 1 on the four major bestseller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.
In March 2005, the book was propelled back into the national news when hostage Ashley Smith persuaded a captor to release her by reading portions of The Purpose Driven Life. It has been translated into 50 languages including Afrikaans, Arabic, Farsi, Rwandan, Sango, Swahili and Zulu.
Watch the interview with ESPN here: