Tom Barnard from KQRS starts this interview with Mike Lindell by talking about Mike’s picture on the cover of his new book, What Are The Odds? From Crack Addict…To CEO. Mike had been “up for 14 days when the picture was taken” when Mike’s drug dealers had “their little intervention in Minneapolis.”
Mike’s new book: a story of hope
This and other stories are in Mike’s book, which he has been working on for “basically my whole life, and for about the last 8 years, non-stop.” For, every time Mike thought he was done with the book, something else would happen in his life that he had to write about. Finally, the book is now available for preorder.
Mike’s book starts with growing up in a divorced family in Minnesota which meant he had to go to a new school. Due to his challenging childhood, he was very introverted and would be constantly showing off in an attempt to fit in. To try to mask his feelings, Mike started cocaine in the ’80s and then switched to crack cocaine in the early 2000s.
During this time, Mike found himself at gunpoint several times plus had people threatening to cut his head off. Mike even lost the bar he owned, and found himself in deep debt which, as he says, “turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me.” But, all along, he never lost his faith, so he felt protected.
In the end, Mike invented the MyPillow, quit all his addictions through prayer, went on to build the very successful MyPillow company, attend White House events and rallies for President Trump, and give evangelical events to tens of thousands of people.
Mikes remembers listening to Tom Barnard 30 years ago and never thought that he would be in an airplane in Indiana calling into KQRS. In these last 30 years, Mike has seen himself go from rags to riches and others, through the inspiration of Mike’s book, can do the same.
Lindell Recovery Network: giving hope to addicts
Mike is also giving hope through his soon-to-be-launched Lindell Recovery Network. In fact, the proceeds from his new book are going into the Lindell Recovery Network.
Mike states that a 22-year-old opiate addict might not relate to a 57-year-old ex-crack addict. So, the network will have the ability for addicts to see “stories of commonality” from people their own age, using the drugs they are using. So, for example, the addicts could see stories like never keeping promises to people, always peeping out of windows due to paranoia, or finding it hard to continually get and use drugs.
Mike believes that “addiction goes back to childhood and fatherlessness” and other traumas. And, if addicts go to a good treatment center such as the Union Gospel or Salvation Army, they will be there to talk about these issues and not shame addicts, which just makes addicts “feel worse.”
So the Lindell Recovery Network will lead people to these types of treatment centers, chosen from over 3,500 centers that Mike has vetted. And, after they get out, there will be paid, professional mentors helping the addicts with issues that come up after recovery. There will even be a “Relapse Trigger” app, available 24/7, that can help addicts get through specific problems, such as issues with their kids or their spouse, by talking to mentors that have successfully gotten through these issues.
Spreading the story of hope
Mike enjoys giving back and spreading his story of hope through multiple engagements. In the near future, he is going to be giving a speech on August 21st, 2019 to 12,000 people at Liberty University. He will also be sharing his testimony at the Breaking Chains Music Festival in West Virginia on August 18th, 2019.
It is tough work, but, as Mike says, “ I’ll tell you what tough work is – it was being an addict. This is fun.”
Preorder Mike’s new book, What Are The Odds? From Crack Addict…To CEO
You can now preorder Mike’s new book at mikelindellsbook.com.