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Steve McQueen

The Salvation of an American Icon
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Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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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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Inspiring

A wonderful insight into the healing power of God for a true American icon. A great book that grabs your attention and keeps you engrossed right up to the last word. Inspiring and uplifting

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Self indulgent- not about Steve but Christianity

Complete waste of time and money.

This audiobook is a complete self indulgence of the author into his fanboy life, using Steve McQueen as a tool to push his views on religion.

Can’t be summed-up better than the author explaining how Christianity comes to SM when he’s desperate and dying of cancer - it doesn’t save him of course but it makes him able to confront it....

Please. Stay clear of this and all their books - they use the lives of others to push their agenda.

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steve McQueen finds God.

A facinating account of how steve McQueen eventually finds God. Very well narrated,couldn't stop listening.

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  • L J
  • 31-12-17

Fascinating

Listened to the book, which was wonderful; and also went to see the author's movie. Great experience. What was so particularly fascinating was that they brought out scenes that showed how McQueen's skill in using the camera to his advantage with his three best movies. So, I just bought those 3 movies to watch them again with a new perspective and appreciation.

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  • Alaska Kate
  • 23-07-17

Intresting bio of Steve McQueen

Interesting story that was intertwined the author's life with Steve McQueen's that l hadn't expected. The way the author conducted the research that was done relating the process of Steve's conversion grabbed my attention. Other than McQueen's acting on Wanted Dead or Alive, l only saw a couple of movies that he starred in so l can't say l was a fan of his, but l did find his story interesting and "read" this book in just 2 sittings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

Moving story and easy to listen to at 1.5x speed!

I loved it. his faith journey was legit.

The image of Mcqueen clutching the bible Billy Graham gave him will stay with me.

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  • john espinosa
  • 14-08-19

See you in heaven Steve!

Amazing story. I have been a Steve McQueen fan for many years. I knew of his faith in Jesus but I had no idea the level of change that took place in his life in such a short amount of time. What a transformation! This was a good listen. I will recommend this to some of my fellow Magnificent Seven fans.

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  • PM
  • 21-09-17

The end/beginning of the story

Great book! I’d always heard Steve McQueen confessed Christ before he died but this book fills in so much detail. Greg Laurie did an excellent job.

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  • Larry Burns
  • 20-09-17

Really Great Story

I did not expect the story to have the depth of character in Steve McQueen. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the message.

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  • Terri Stahlheber
  • 14-07-17

Wonderful booko

Loved this informative book by Greg Laurie! Very engaging to hear the similarities in their lives.

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  • Chuck D
  • 01-12-19

The Great Escape...

This was a truly amazing story about the journey of Steve McQueen who found salvation and faith in Jesus Christ...all who listened to this Audible Book have heard the Gospel preached and lived out not only by Steve McQueen but by Greg Laurie. SO many parallels between Steve and the pastor gave credence to all the facts about Steve and his life experiences and his life-changing experience in Jesus Christ. Now all I see are Ford Mustangs (actually saw a Ford Fastback following me to work the other day!!!) and Steve McQueen movies. A must read for the macho men who believe that they are invincible gods but also realize that they are in need of a loving God who loves them through faith in Jesus Christ. Job well done!!!

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  • Chris
  • 25-10-19

A heartwarming read

Really enjoyed listening to the comparison of Steve McQueen and Greg Laurie's life. Highly recommend.

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  • R B
  • 29-05-19

Excellent

I found the story of Steve McQueen very moving. What a blessing to know of his salvation experience.
I have watched almost all of his old movies since reading the book. That has been fun.