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Steve McQueen

The Salvation of an American Icon

Author Greg Laurie with Marshall Terrill
Narrator John Pruden
Runtime 6.65 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
Downloads ZIP M4B
Release Date June 13, 2017
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)

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.

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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.

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Very interesting perspective of an American Icon
I had heard somewhere that Steve McQueen had given his life over to Christ before he died, but could never find anything to substantiate that...until now. Greg Laurie does a good job of making his way to the sources that could speak authoritatively about McQueen's decision to follow Jesus. The story is presented in a way that draws the listener into the story. Laurie's early life paralleled McQueen's life and he weaves those details into the story. My reason for giving in 4 stars was there were times when I wasn't sure who's life I was hearing about: McQueen's or Laurie's. I let my father, who is 87 years old, listen to the book. He was familiar with McQueen's movies and life, moreso than I was. He had never heard the whole story and appreciated that Laurie had done a great job of presenting the facts from the original sources.
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Review by / (Posted on 4/2/2021)
I enjoyed this read.
An enjoyable little biography.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/14/2020)
Jesus still saves and transforms sinners
I gave the book a 4 because of the thorough research that Laurie did to bring this miracle to light.
The reader is totally natural. A+.
I agree with some of the comments by others: Too much details about Laurie drinking coffee and what he ate at restaurants.
I liked Laurie's life story but listening to it in the car, it was sometimes hard to tell if he was talking about McQueen or himself.
I also would have liked to have less details about McQueen's sexual sins.
As others said, the ending made it all worthwhile.
It testifies to the timeless truth:

The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. - Fanny Crosby
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Review by / (Posted on 6/21/2019)
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