Lost Boy: My Story

Lost Boy: My Story


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As a hippie and drug user who had grown-up in a dysfunctional family, Greg Laurie knew what it was to be lost. A seventeen-year-old, long-haired Greg soon discovered his passion for seeing people rescued from hopelessness and transformed into renewed beings with a saving faith in Christ. Laurie quickly became a wonder and an example as to how God could use someone with a sordid past to impact the world with the gospel. Throughout Greg’s autobiography, be encouraged by the trials he overcame and the far-reaching impact these lessons have had. The Lord’s influence in Greg’s life has been thoroughly evidenced by the fruit seen from the ministries Greg has planted, watered and grown; namely, Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of the 8 largest churches in America) and the Harvest Crusades. Greg Laurie’s legacy has been seasoned with trials and questions, but if God can take a hippie from a severely dysfunctional family and raise him to be one of the nation’s leading evangelists and pastors, what can God do with you?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830759552
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

GREG LAURIE is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people, which God has since transformed into a congregation that is among the eight largest churches in America. In 1990, Laurie began holding public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since then, more than three million people have attended Harvest Crusades across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He is the author of over 35 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winner, The Upside-Down Church and his most recent Regal release Lies We Tell Ourselves.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Franklin Graham     11
Foreword   Chuck Smith     12
Preface: A Word of Explanation     16
Thumbnail Sketches     18
Turtle on a Post     24
One-Night Stand     28
Lost Girl     30
Pogo     34
Mr. Nobody     37
Keep Your Head Up     40
New Name     43
Trouble in Paradise     46
Under the Sea     49
Blowin' in the Wind     53
Mayhem at the Love-in     61
Blank Slate     64
Altered States     69
Jesus People     76
An Unlikely Duo     79
The Real Thing     87
Choices/Changes     93
Pirate Preacher     98
Starving Artist     105
New Territory     114
A "Large Place" Starts Small     119
Some Assembly Required     125
Working for the Harvest     130
Collars and Calling     137
From Billy Graham to Disneyland     145
Just the Gospel     151
When Boomers Get Old     156
Oscar Comes Home     161
Prodigal Surprises     167
Dna and Other Loose Ends     176
Disappointment with God?     182
Repullulat: It Buds Afresh     187
Postscript: Lost and Found     189
Living Water Tract     197
Lost Boys and Lost Girls: Their Stories     199
About Ellen Vaughn     218
With Gratitude     219

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Lost Boy: My Story (Large Print 16pt) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Gwen Schroeder More than 1 year ago
Read his book, listen to his broadcast every night, go to his website, greg laurie is awesome!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable how God can use us no matter what our circumstances! This book was a great reminder to me that no matter what we come from, we can be great when we allow "the potter to mold his clay." I have listened to Pastor Greg on the radio for a long time now on my way to work and had heard bits and pieces of his story but how wonderful to hear the whole story. Thanks, Pastor Greg, for sharing this with us. Your strength, devotion, and humility are so inspiring to me!
Strongtower More than 1 year ago
I have always loved stories of lives transformed. Looking at Greg's upbringing, no one would have been surprised to find Greg in prison and that is probably where he would be if he had not made the decision he made when he was 17. Trusting Jesus is a big step for many people, but for Greg it meant losing his friends, his lifestyle and it created a wall between him and the only parent he had at the time. This book taught me to not be afraid of angry looking youth, they may just be crying out for something real and secure that they have never known in their own lives. I think it is incredible how fast Greg grew in faith and knowledge and God is not a respecter of persons, what He did for Greg He will do for you and me. Provided we are willing to do what Greg did, trust him and be transformed by His love, grace and mercy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great autobiographies - whether by statesman, celebrity, hero or scoundrel - have 3 elements. A great autobiography: 1' has a compelling reason for being read: It always gives more than just the facts or details 'behind the scenes'. Not just a personal recounting of history, a great autobiography gives you such a sense of the 'real' person that you can personally relate to them. The subject's foibles, failures and weaknesses are included with the requisite telling of their strengths. 2' when you start reading, it makes you want to keep on reading. 3' after finishing it, you know about more than just the writer's story. You know more about 'life' - the human condition, life's possibilities, life's parameters, how the world 'works' - than you did before reading it. 'Lost Boy' by Greg Laurie, is a great autobiography. The reader is captured by the opening chapter, a description of Greg waiting to take the stage in front of 40,000 people who have filled Anaheim Stadium to hear him speak. Having spoken to over 4 million people in stadiums around the world, Greg should be on auto-pilot by now. But Greg Laurie has a reason for not being on 'auto-pilot'. The chapter then goes into short bursts of flashback, most painting a picture of how improbable it is that Greg Laurie could possibly be the guy about to take the stadium stage. Greg Laurie is not your typical church pastor. Nor is he a type of 'TV evangelist'. Avoiding the political traps and scandals of both the previous and current generations' religious leaders, Greg Laurie has proven to be a different kind of Christian leader for people to check out. Coming from a broken home 'fatherless, mother divorced seven times', checking into 60's drug culture, cynical and untrusting in human relationships, Greg Laurie was not the kind of person who turns into a pastor at 19 years old. Certainly not a pastor who oversees a group of 30 people turn into one of America's first 'megachurches', with over 15,000 weekly attendees. Certainly not the kind of speaker who combined cutting edge technology, culturally current music performances and understandable preaching to sold-out events at venues like Madison Square Garden. Certainly not the kind of person who Billy Graham would call the 'evangelist of the future'. And most certainly not a man profiled by the major TV networks and on the front page of the New York Times. Yet no one seems to understand that better than Greg Laurie himself. 'Lost Boy' explains this unique life that has touched millions of other lives for the better, leaving the reader inspired and encouraged to personally dig further into the reason and message behind the book. A can't-put-it-down-like-a-mystery-novel kind of read, 'Lost Boy' is a great gift choice for any reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've known Greg as a Pastor and a friend I remmber him sharing some of his story years ago on a Sunday night when he was just 24 yrs old it impacked my life for I too was a child of the 60s % 70s era but with a stable family back ground but this book shows insights that God can change lives no matter what happens in a persons life and to see the results Greg's Lost boy story is wonderful, it's a blessing to see what Christ has done in this mans life and hisfamily I highly recomend this book to anyone great gift to a father or mother. C.Reid
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was going to slowly enjoy this book. I bought it on a Sunday and was finished Monday night. I couldn't put it down. I felt so much deep pain, and at times a great joy. This is an incredible read!!!!! Two thumbs up!
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