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.
This is excellent. An icon of growing up. But the documentaries leave out the important part, Steve McQueen was converted. This audio covers it all. Interview with the Pastor of the church where Steve attended. A lot of work went into this book/audio. We give thanks to God for all things.
It was great!
- Not too maudlin and very encouraging
I already had an interest in Steve McQueen's life and Greg Laurie's book has done a very good, and entertaining job of sharing his story. I love the comparisons he makes between Steve's upbringing and his. I love the fictitious journey he takes. I really love the spiritual insights as he goes along. All in all a very encouraging listen.
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- To be sure the central character was a man but the story was about the grace of God in that man's life.
I love Mustangs like the one in "Bullit" but I had no idea about the actor Steve McQueen. The way the story was presented kept me coming back to finish the book in one very long flight from the U.S. to Dubai.
I was so happy to hear how various people in show biz witnessed to Mr. McQueen and that a fairly anonymous pastor in Southern Calif helped bring him into the Lord's family.
I was left wondering about the spiritual status of Mr. McQueen's Idaho wife. I pray she too is one of God's children.