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, and the streets of New York as he traces the woolly 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 Steve McQueen's 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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About the Author
Marshall Terrill is a veteran film, sports and music writer, and the author of more than books. They include bestselling biographies of Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, and Pete Maravich. His book, Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon, is in development to be made into feature film. He also executive produced the 2017 feature film documentary, Steve McQueen: American Icon.
Table of Contents
Author's Note 13
1 All I Need's a Fast Machine 21
2 The Widow and the Preacher Man 29
3 The Last Chance Ranch 37
4 Don's Garage 46
5 Laurieland 51
6 Julian and Charlene 60
7 Hog Heaven 71
8 The Father Who Wasn't There 82
9 House of Horrors 90
10 Two Schools of Thought 96
11 A Death Sentence 104
12 New York State of Mind 110
13 The Blob and the Bible 117
14 California Dreamin' 124
15 The American Dream 128
16 A Man and His Castle 133
17 Motherless Child 139
18 The Canyon 146
19 The Monster Within 153
20 The Fall 159
21 A Jamaican Seed 165
22 The Towering Babel 173
23 Nothing New under the Sun 181
24 The Visitor 188
25 Broad Beach Memoirs 193
26 Learning to Fly 199
27 Hello, Preacher Man! 205
28 Somebody Up There Likes Me 210
29 A Test of Faith 215
30 Knockin' on Heaven's Door 221
31 See You in Heaven 227
Postscript: Good News in a Bad World 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was enjoyable and beautifully written. This is also one of my husband’s favorite actors. I also bought the paperback for husband as a Father’s Day gift...he’s reading it now!! And he is loving it! Looking ford to the book on Johnny Cash...
I thought this was a great book, I'm a big Steve McQueen fan and I'm so happy to learn he got saved and one day hopefully I can talk to him in heaven. Thank you Greg for doing the research on Steve McQueen and put it in a book so we can learn about his life
An amazing and uplifting book about the love of God for ALL people. God is relentless in his efforts to apprehend us. It will be awesome to meet the king of cool among the saints as we worship the king of kings! God bless you Pr Greg.
Great book! Very well written.