The rain is coming down and I’m inside, poised to go against my younger brother once again in a familiar duel we played for hours as boys. It’s an ancient conflict of strategic offense, blocking defense, sacrifice for the good, unfortunate losses—and moves that promise the hope of becoming more.

As in any battle, this conflict comes with an adversary across the board who wants to stop you, block you, thwart you, capture your pieces, and eventually take you out.

Checkers may be the oldest game in the world. Original versions date back over three thousand years, with earliest evidence coming from an archeological dig in the ancient city of Ur. The game surfaces in the culture of the Roman Empire; fourth-century Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Eternity is a child playing, play- ing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.” The game evolved, as you’d expect, with books on its rules and strategy written in Europe in the mid-1500s.

It’s a simple game, straightforward: move, survive, move again. Most of us were introduced to checkers when we were young and knew little of strategy or rules. We just understood one thing: If we could get safely to the other side, we would become something else—something new.

It’s a weighty moment when you navigate safely across the board and utter the words “King me.” In that short but glorious moment, you are transformed. You become more. And then . . . you are turned loose.

As a king.

Now you can range the board freely, ruling over it, and the prey becomes the predator, with two important results. You can see what your enemy is trying to do and take him out before he attacks your other pieces. And you can help those pieces become kings in their own right.

King Me

King Me

Every man has a kingdom. Not every king rules well.

You can.

Like a living piece in life's checker game, you are moving across the board toward your time of greatest authority and impact. But what kind of king will you be?

Your kingdom is always being watched, and your family and core relationships look to you to come through. You have an ancient adversary who is playing for keeps. You also have a fiercely loving Advocate who desires to guide you, teach you, and entrust you with more.

In King Me, Michael Thompson guides you through the six stages of the masculine journey in order to release you forward, oriented and equipped. Continuing beyond where The Heart of a Warrior left off, Michael kindly and wisely invites you to uncover your story, see the wounds of your past, and be initiated into the glory in your heart. Through healing encounters and validating experiences with God, you can learn to wield love as your greatest Kingdom weapon and provide a kingdom where hearts are free.

You are invited to become a man after God's own heart. You are always one move away from becoming more and advancing goodness, or becoming less and compromising your kingdom.

It's your move.