What do a legend movie star and a Californian pastor have in common...more than you may think. Join Greg Laurie as he takes a cross-country trip and recalls the story of the late, great Steve McQueen. A fictional story based on fact as Greg interviews Steve’s family, friends, co-stars, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change for the actor in the spring of 1979 - six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Read by John Pruden
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Join Greg Laurie as he takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang 390 GT through the canyons of Malibu, the alleys of Hollywood, the wide and open roads of the Midwest, the streets of New York, as he traces the wooly geography of actor Steve McQueen's life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. This iconic muscle car was the vehicle McQueen drove in his most raucous and enduring film, Bullitt. In the 1960s, McQueen was, according to box office receipts, the biggest movie star of his generation and one of the coolest men to ever walk the planet. Greg Laurie was a teen at the time and an ardent fan of "The King of Cool," first mesmerized by McQueen in 1963's The Great Escape. Like millions of cinema fans, Greg developed a lifelong fascination with the actor. Now he has a chance to tell McQueen's story. McQueen was a complex, contradictory man who lived the same way he drove his motorcycles and cars: fearlessly, ruthlessly and at top speed. After a lifetime of fast cars, women and drugs, McQueen took a surprising detour. In this book, Laurie thoughtfully interviews members of Steve McQueen's family, friends, co-stars, associates, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change for the actor in the spring of 1979 - six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. What were the critical steps that led McQueen to make such a life-altering decision? Perhaps more importantly, why is that part of his story so rarely told? This book answers these questions. Greg Laurie will follow the seeds of Christianity that were sown throughout McQueen's improbable life where a Light finally shone into the darkness of his troubled life. These seeds miraculously germinated, allowing McQueen to see that redemption through Jesus Christ is a lasting truth more glittering and real than any magic of the entertainment industry.
My first reaction was to highlight the book's potential to reach those young and older men who are fatherless in Australia.
Greg Laurie has written this terrific book about Steve McQueen, the biggest movie star in the world in the 60's and 70's. Being a baby-boomer, I've seen most of his movies, so it connected with me.
McQueen's fatherless childhood resembles that of Greg Laurie's. How both these men had mothers who didn't love them and how they both thought as young boys, that they were no good.
Steve McQueen didn't realise he was searching for God his entire life and made his decision for Christ three months BEFORE he was diagnosed with cancer..not AFTER being diagnosed. This is the GEORGE CLOONEY say of the 70's.
As Greg writes, 'McQueen's abandonment as a boy by his biological father and the indifference and outright hostility of his mother's string of boyfriends (one who beat him up) opened a gaping hole in his heart, one that I understand all too well....It leaves them marked for life.'
This a powerful book with an incredible ending of victory for any person who reads it. God knows there would be thousands of men in Australia whose lives would be challenged and changed if they would read it cover to cover.
I was quite emotional when I put the book down after the last page. - Mike London, Content Producer, Vision Christian Media
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