Chapter one from my new book, Lost Boy, is now here!

Good Wednesday to you!

I mentioned in my first post that I have just completed my biography, Lost Boy.

Lost Boy Cover
This is the front and back cover of Lost Boy, coming in June.

A very talented author, Ellen Vaughn, helped me write it. As you will see in this special preview of the first chapter, it is written almost like scenes from a film.

But it’s a true story.

It’s my story.

More explanation of each of these vignettes is found later in the book. Here is the link to the chapter (.pdf viewer required).

We also just finished shooting the last section of the film version of Lost Boy. Here is a photo from that.

Laurie family, Corona del Mar
Laurie family, Pirates Cove Beach, March 2008

Please let me know what you think of chapter 1 of Lost Boy. Your feedback is really appreciated.
I WILL read it.


Excerpt from Lost Boy, 2008 by Greg Laurie. Published by Regal Books, Used by permission. All rights reserved.

159 thoughts on “Chapter one from my new book, Lost Boy, is now here!”


    I attend Calvary Chapel,Irmo,SC. Pastor David Ford headlined FB with the events he had planned for your Harvest America Crusade at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Cook out, live Camel,bouncy houses for kids,etc. He opened the doors to the sanctuary for all as it was going to be on giant screen. I was not able to stay but hurried home and got it on my 15″ laptop. I absolutely did not want it to end. I watched until there was nothing more. Then I sat in awe. What an amazing man this Greg Laurie is I thought. I Googled you and read about Christopher. How could this happen to him and to Greg Laurie and Cathe? I ordered Lost Boy and have just finished reading it the for 2nd time. Chapter one was sad for me. To think of how you were treated,all you should not have seen and been put thru. I thought your mom saw and treated you as baggage. You were still so good to her. Lost Boy is such an amazing story. I enjoyed it very much and sure I will read it again. I’ve told so many about it and who Greg Laurie is. A friend now watch you on Sundays. I don’t have cable but if I did I would be right there after church watching. Now, I’m on Goodreads trying to decide what I want to read next. Walking With Jesus maybe. You are a true inspiration and so glad my Pastor introduced so many to you including myself. God Bless you and your family. Liz Clark

  2. Juan says:

    The story that you have to share with us is extraordinary. I have found many similarities in our childhoods since my father left our family when I was only 2 years old. Your story has really touched me and I feel very inspired to continue to trust in Christ. I became a believer recently and there’s been ups and downs lately. God has a plan for me of hope and not of suffering.

    God Bless.

    Looking forward to Harvest Crusade this August in Anaheim. 🙂

  3. JCM says:

    Everyday God watches over his children from heaven. I was at the Beach a few weeks ago right next to the place where your family picture was taken. I was listening to music by the sand when I saw a man standing near the shore just observing the ocean. He looked so small from the distance that I was sitting. I began to think that we are so small compared to all the things God has created. Christ died on the cross in a horrible, horrible death for us? Our problems from daily life seem massive and insupportable but we ought to remember that Christ had it worst one day. He died alone and rejected by the world. Many take that for granted. I am currently facing some difficulties with my past Greg but I don’t lose hope. I trust God Almighty and I’m know He has a Future and a Hope for me (Jeremiah 29:11). I’m currently in high school, summer is near and soon I’ll be a senior. My Goals for life is to become an evangelist and preach the Gospel worldwide. You have been a true inspiration in my life Greg. Happiness, True Happiness is Only attained with mourning. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior about a year ago but I didn’t take it to serious. A few weeks ago I made a commitment to Obey His word and Truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for being such a great person. I guess you were right when you said “I’m just a dying man telling another dying man how to reach salvation.” God Bless You and your family. I’ll be praying for the Harvest Crusade this summer in Anaheim.

  4. nora mcgrath says:

    I’ve just found you on the radio. I know I was supposed to hear what God put in your heart to say. Thank you for your testimonies and fellowship through the radio. God bless you.

  5. Bill Bartmann says:

    I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Greg, for everything! You’ve been a huge encouragment in my faith walk since the beginning. The first chapter is great, I can’t wait to read the whole thing. Thanks again!

  7. Gayla says:

    I just read the sneak preview of Chapter 1, and it was very good writing: descriptive, to the point, not at all boring, and very touching. Now I have to buy the book, because I was left hanging!
    God Bless you and your family. That little Stella is adorable too! (watched the video)

  8. Lannie says:

    Hello Pastor Greg,

    I really enjoyed the movie and getting a chance to hear you speak at Prestonwood Sunday.

    You made my day!

    My wife of 19 years passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2006. The loss of your dear son really moved me, and only being six months since this event, its obvious that God is with you and your family.

    As you said, you never “get over” something like that. It’s been just over two years since my wife died, and I’m still dealing with the grief. At times, it’s as though it only happened yesterday, but time does seem to be the best medicine.

    As I’ve said many times, I don’t know how people get through tough times like this without that relationship. I think I would have lost my mind if I thought that this life was all there was.

    I’m 46, and although I am a Christian, I’ve been dealing with a lot of skeletons most of my life. Your testimony was a true help to me and I’ll definitely be ordering a personal copy.

    I invited my 16-year-old “grandson” to church (my wife’s daughter’s son – long story). This Sunday was only his second time and he wants to come back next week. He’s not a Christian yet, but during your invitation, I could sense him fidgeting a bit. If he decides to come next week, I’m going to let him know that he only needs to look my way and I’ll go down with him.

    His whole family needs Jesus and I’m hoping he will soon be planting seeds.

    God bless you and your family. You’re absolutely wonderful and I know our Father has to smile when thinking of you.

    Lannie Self

  9. John says:

    The first chapter intrigues me and I plan to buy the book this week. Raised somewhat Catholic with an alcoholic father, I also have memories of many nights of intense anger and sometimes physical abuse directed at my mother. When I became a Christian (about 15 years ago), I learned how to forgive. However, I have realized recently that I still have significant baggage from my own childhood that must be dealt with. I believe your book and the power of prayer can help me deal with the ghosts of my own past.

    I listen to your radio program on KWAVE nearly every day and have attended a couple of your crusades in Anaheim. Thank you for all that you do to get the Word of God out to so many.

  10. Kellie says:

    I have been listening to your radio show since Aug 2008. I started tuning in when my daughter started preschool, I drop her off in the morning and your show is on. I have been very blessed to hear your show and have gained much wisdom from it. Questions I have are often answered by your show! I know it’s God speaking to my heart. I heard about your life story and had to find out more about your book. I too have an alcoholic mother and grew up scared and alone. My grandparents shared the great news with me and I’m so grateful for them or else I would have never known. I slipped away from the church as a teenager and begin drinking/taking drugs – very lost soul – but I was given a second chance. I’m still growing as a Christian and hope to help save lost souls! I can’t wait to read your book and share with others.

    God Bless you and your dedication in sharing the Good News! And for sharing your story as well.

  11. Sabra says:


    I work for a dentist and go to the post office each morning at 10 am. That is when you are on the radio here in Chattanooga, TN and I listen almost everyday.

    When I first heard you talk about your book it sounded like you were reading a book right out of my husband’s life. His story is eerily like yours except that at 43 he still can not shake the ill effects.

    People want me to kick him to the curb, forget about him, I just can’t. I have dealt with him almost 20 years.

    Thank you for your story and your courage in writing it. It will help more people than you know.

    The first chapter is written very well, by the way and very interesting.

    I would like to purchase it if you can let me know the best way to do so that will help your ministry most.

    Blessings and prayers,

  12. James says:


    I first started listening to your radio ministry when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton back in 1993-1997.

    Never did I dream I would find myself back in California after my release from active duty.

    Your ministry has been pivotal in my personal relationship with Christ and although I do not personally know you…
    whenever I listen to you it’s as if I am listenting to a close friend steer me in the right direction.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us and being obedient to the call God has placed upon your life. I look forward to reading your book and to someday meeting your son Christopher when we are all together having a feast in heaven. I’ll be looking for your “Big Pink Afro”

    I just hope I can be as successful a father in leading my own children to a place where they know Christ as you have.

    Keep up the good fight, the race is not over yet my friend.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I am definitely interested in reading The Lost Boy, and after the 1st chapter even moreso. What I like most about the 1st chapter is the way it shows how God truly uses ordinary people. Sometimes as Christians we believe there are “special” Christians and then “us regular Christians”. I myself think think this way at times and compare myself as a Christian to those I see in more prominent positions. I attend Harvest and would like to thank you for all you do. You are clearly chosen for special work here on earth and although I have never met you personally, I appreciate that you present yourself as a normal human being who is saved by grace.

  14. Valerie says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good comments on your book so I”m excited to read it, especially after reading the first chapter.


  15. Anonymous says:

    It’s a very reasonable point of view. Good post. Really good post.

    Thank you 🙂

  16. Nancy says:


    I just finished the book and loved it! So amazing that you baptized your dad, and your mom finally understood. So romantic how you and Cathe got together at such a young age, and I thought about your son all the way through it. I had heard your sermon, on the radio, the Sunday after he went to Heaven. God bless you all. It is a blessing to feel a part of your life!

    Nancy McConnell

  17. Leah says:

    Wow! The first scene of yelling, screaming and cussing brings memories of my childhood flooding back. I am so thankful for your humility and honesty. God has used you so well. Thanks for being faithful and such an inspiration. I can’t wait to read the whole book!

    God bless you and your family.

  18. The Smith Family says:

    Loved the whole book…God Bless you and your family at this difficult time.. I have no doubt that God will use this to bring glory to Himself. Thank you for being a wondeful pastor, teacher, evangelist and example to our family. We are praying for your entire family..and especially for the Crusade that starts tonight. Can’t wait to see what God is going to do.

  19. Shanon says:

    I loved the first chapter of your book. It is fascinating! I can’t wait to read the rest.

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