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Read Another Lost Boy Excerpt Here

March 29th, 2008 Posted in lost boy

Well, the weekend is here!

I have received such a great response to the sample chapter of Lost Boy, that I wanted to do two things:

  1. I wanted to give you a few more pages, including the preface and some thoughts on the book from my good friends Franklin Graham and Chuck Smith. There is also a table of contents, so you can get a sense of the whole book. You can download those here.
  2. I wanted to open up a separate thread, where YOU can post YOUR OWN “Lost Boy/Girl” stories! Some of you have already begun to do that. I love it, so let’s just keep running with it! You have heard a bit of my story, so now I want to hear yours! Just don’t write a book now! :) Just a straightforward story of how you, a “Lost Boy” or “Lost Girl,” came to be found by Jesus Christ. We will have a special section for those. If you want to add yours or read others, click here. I’ll look forward to reading them!

Greg

PS: I don’t know if you are aware of it, but in addition to my Monday-Friday devotion, I have a special weekend version every Saturday. It’s a bit longer then the daily one, since you hopefully have a little more time to read it. To read this weekend’s devotion, click here.

PS again: I also have a regular weekend column at WorldNetDaily. This weekend, I talk about how to find true and lasting happiness. You can read that by clicking here.

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

15 Responses to “Read Another Lost Boy Excerpt Here”

  1. Lisa says:

    Pastor Greg and family,
    Our prayers are with you and your daughter in law during this time of mourning. May God give you peace and comfort. You have blessed and touched so many lives. God Bless You.
    Ps. 18:2 and Matt. 11:28

    Lisa Hinkle & Family

  2. Jackie says:

    Pastor Greg and Families…

    There are no words to make it better, just
    know all my family’s prayers and thoughts go
    with you thru this truly terrible time. Prayers
    saved us in the same situation. GOD BLESS!!

    Sincerely,

    Jackie Kidder and Family

  3. brian says:

    Your grandmothers glory in cooking was homemade bisquits

    God Bless

  4. Jan says:

    Greg, God Bless you and your beautiful family. I am anxiously awaiting this book. God has truly blessed you as He does all His children when they accept the Lord as their Savior and mentor for life. I am inspired daily by your devotional message and try to apply that message to my daily living. My son introduced me to your ministry about a year ago for which I am truly greatful. I shall keep you, your family, your ministry in my prayers because you are truly a messanger of the “Word” that can relate it to todays world and our daily lives. Thank You and May God Bless you Always. Jan

  5. doreen says:

    i can’t wait for this book to come out. i signed up for a correspondance type thing where i am able to write to a soldier serving in iraq. i’m looking forward to sending this to him.

  6. Karyn says:

    Thanks so much for sharing a bit more of your story with us Pastor Greg!! I am really looking forward to reading the whole thing and watching, through words just how God grabs a hold of a life and never lets go. I’m amazed each and every day at His power, His grace, and His unfailing love.

    May God continue to bless you and your family in His ministry,

    Karyn

  7. Bennie says:

    great so far.. looking forward to being able to read the entire book.. once again Thank you Brother, May God Bless you and your family….

  8. Sharon says:

    It is so amazing to me how God knows everthing about us from birth and how we can look back and see it all unfold as you are doing writing this book. I also had a hard up bringing and can relate to your story in many ways, although my parents are still married at the age of 81 and 82 yr. old. (and thank God are Christians now), my mother made a decision to stay for her childrens sake and my dad decided he needed to mellow out to keep his family when I was 15 yrs. old. I also remember my father throwing my mother up against the wall and chasing my brother down the street with a knife vividly at the age of 5yrs old in Oakland, California. I accepted Jesus Christ litterally at Chuck Smith’s church in Costa Mesa when I was 15yrs.and still remember that moment, when I came home my mother called me a Jesus FREAK. Unlike you I fell off the road many times. I thank God he had his hand on me my whole life and finally opened my eyes wide after failing relationships, until I met my husband 15 years ago and we promised we would keep God in our marriage. Upon attending Harvest 4 years ago we have grown more than ever before. We thank you, your family and your staff for following the word of God and applying it daily. It is a huge inspriation to my husdand, myself and my family. It is a great honor to be a part of the Harvest family.

  9. Chrystal says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,
    My lost girl story does have a lot of dark similarities to yours. But God brought some light with very important people. When I was a young child (probably 4) my aunt took me to Sunday school – where I met Jesus. I fell in love with Him – as I so intimately remember. I told my Sunday school teacher that I wanted to marry Him when I grew up! Imagine my confusion when she told me that I could, but oh so comforting those words for reasons I did not yet know (because my life got really dark at this after this). Wow – the impact of that Sunday school teacher! When I came as an adult back to my Savior, imagine my excitement as I heard Him say how He loved me and I would one day be just that. This instrumental teacher had prayed with me and I received Jesus into my heart. I remember her telling me “He would never leave me nor forsake me” and let me tell you those words helped me so much while in the middle of sexual and pysical abuse as well as alcohol and many men in my mothers life. Especially when most of this abuse (sexual, physical, mental) was from my mother. I had so much pain as a child but so much more comfort when I took my thoughts back to Christ as He saw me through what Satan would use to destroy me even from such a young age. A young child can handle only so much though before just giving up. Now as I look back, I see He did never leave me even though I thought He did. As an adult more abuse followed by choices I made until finally I cried out to what I knew to be true and my only hope, my living God, who sees, hears, and knows all. But for now He has cleansed me and continues to heal and use me, and I am ready and waiting for Him – His bride – arayed in white because of His love and the love of a teacher!
    Thank you, as well, for your servanthood. If you can use any of this for encouraging teachers or for any thing else – praise God! Go for it!
    In His Service, His child, His Bride

  10. Veronica "Vern" Hutcherson says:

    Greg

    Looking forward to your book and pray it will have an impact on every heart that takes even a glimpse at it…from its cover & throughout the pages His presence will affect many!
    Personally your ministry has wowed my faith walk to greater knowledge, boldness, conviction and passion…my hunger for the things of Him has been enlarged and the worlds way of living has become strangely dim! I express it as WOW! because that is what I say when I study the word with you…whether it be through devotions, or your messages online or on cd’s…God wow’s me! I love it!

    I remember hearing you I think it was through Louis Pallau’s ministry a long time ago and I have always told people (and still do) about the word God speaks through you. I am grateful for your integrity and humble heart that seeks His ways and say a guarding & blessing over you, your household and ministry.

    My personal Lost Girl story is too long…But I can say this…
    No longer do I allow fear to cripple me…
    No longer do I walk in shame that suffocates me…
    No longer do I live captivated by the ways of this world.
    I have been Redeemed, Revived and Restored!!!
    To wrap it all up…After MANY years of disagreeing with God that I was the wrong person to be a speaker for Him and and after too many yearts of believing Satan as he tried to distract, delay and destroy it…I now walk in obedience with the purpose and calling on my life and have recently started a ministry called INSPIRED LOOKS…My life has truly had a makeover and my appearance (inside & out) is inspired by Him and I want to encourage others by real stuff…the work God has done in my life and share the Love that has set me Free!
    Your ministry has had a part in growing me and I thank you!

    He Has Done Great Things!

    Be Inspired,
    Veronica Hutcherson

  11. Frank says:

    Greg

    It was great to here you message today at HCFNYC. It was also a pleasure to meet you in the back after the service. The family has been listening to your message on line for a long time and to have an oportunity to worhship with you and your wife was a great honor and a pleasure.

    Thanks for the ministry you have

    Yours in Christ

    Frank from NYC

  12. Brad says:

    PS…
    in the hopes that it might help someone else, I wanted to encourage other men with the fact that God has kept me pure and without desire for Pornography for over 5 years now.
    Don’t want it, don’t need it, it’s a lie of the devil and will open bring you down if you don’t give it to Jesus and bind it in his holy name.

  13. Brad says:

    My lost man story is a little bit different and backwards of yours.
    I grew up in a 2 parent home, both loving christians. If the worst that you can say about your parents is that they loved you and protected you too much and you took a little too long to grow up then your parents must be pretty darn good.

    I was sick a lot as a child so my parents took on the role of protector as any good parent would.

    When i finally grew up some in my mid twenties I moved to Los Angeles for about 6 years. I was miserable. I had spent the later part of my teen years and my early “adulthood” in the Pacific Northwest, Green, pure, God’s creation… I lived in Whittier and drove to Santa Monica for work every day for 6 years. I saw a lot of strange things in those days, I worked for a large armed security patrol company in Beverly Hills. I saw a lot of empty souls in those years.
    I had accepted Christ at the age of 12. I KNEW him as my redeemer, savior, and best friend. He was my best friend because he always accepted me no matter how goofie I was. I was always the one people made fun of because I was a little different. The class clown as it were. Now as an adult people laugh with me, as a child they laughed at me. Even teachers, as a young child with a mild case of epilepsy I would have a twitch show up in my face from time to time and one day a teacher stood me in front of the class and told the class about the funny face that Brad makes. I guess despite my wonderful parents best attempts to get me to see something wonderful in myself I listened to the lies of Satan.

    I lived my life for God and remained pure in my singleness for 36 years. One day I finally met a girl who accepted me for who I was, good looking, albeit a tad bit chunky, but goofy. I fell in love with her via America online and went to Los Angeles to visit her. I made the mistake of trusting her and woke up in the middle of the night and broke my vows to God of chastity and purity of marriage.

    We never did get together and I was left feeling even more dejected and humiliated than ever before. The one thing I had to hold on to that I had ever done well in my life was now gone. Shortly afterwards I met another lady who was about 10 years my junior and we fell in love (so i thought) and we married after 2 years of dating and shortly after we were married we suffered a terrible miscarriage. It scarred us both emotionally and spiritually. She left me after 9 months of marriage and started living with a man that she was cheating with behind my back for 2 months before she left me.
    I went over the edge, rebelling against the God and savior that I loved and served all my life. I had terrible relationships with numerous women for several years trying to fill that pain at night when i was alone again.

    I finally turned to God and said, “Lord I love you and I’m sorry for all the things i’ve been doing the last 4 years to hurt you and i just pray that you renew our relationship and bring a newness to my life”

    I had not only been seeking the wrong kind of relationships with women but pornography had a terrible stranglehold on me as well.

    I had gotten two women pregnant outside of wedlock and one had to have an abortion because she was about ready to go through Chemo and radiation treatment for Cancer and the baby would have died a horrible death or so they led me to believe, and the second lady had a major car accident and had a miscarriage. Before I had that discussion with God I was very angry and bitter, because he knew that I had wanted a wife and a son since an early age. Especially at that point, my father was in a nursing home and degenerating and he wanted a grandson and i was hoping to be the one to give him one.

    Less than 6 months of saying that prayer and denouncing pornography and living the sinful life I was living, I was sitting in the front row of Crossroads Community church in Vancouver, Wa and I was listening to Pastor Bill Ritchie and I turned around to see the most beautiful lady in the world sitting behind me. I had seen her for a couple of years at Church, always smiling and hugging people and praying for people, she was the good Christian girl i should want if i ever had a brain. Well I started passing notes to her during the sermon and we were giggling and enjoying our notes.. Well long story short I met her later that day at the bookstore the Church is affiliated with and we had coffee and talked for 6 hours and i knew that day that i wanted to marry her.
    Two years later we married on the day after my birthday, and 1 year and two months after that we had a son. My son that I waited 44 years to have. We named him Jonathon because that is Hebrew for gift from God. No greater gift other than salvation, had ever been given to me.

    I guess I’m a late bloomer in life because I’m being fiscally responsible for the first time in my life and my wife and I are happy after almost 5 years of marriage and our son will be 4 in July. i’ve been going to College for the first time in my life and I finally feel like a square peg in a square whole and I feel whole for the first time in my life, living for Jesus and being a husband and father. My father has been passed on for 2 years now and I miss him terribly. He never got to know my sweet little boy and that’s what hurts more than anything.

    I guess you could say my story is of a lost boy in a man’s clothing who wasn’t really lost, just didn’t know what he had or where he was going.

    Thank you for your new book and your standing on God’s word and preaching the truth.
    God bless you brother.

    Brad

  14. Muddy says:

    “It’s about the great God who found him and would not let him go”.

    Amen!

    Thank you for sharing a little more, once again, I look forward to reading your story when it is released.

  15. Linda says:

    thank you for sharing i have enjoyed reading what franklin and pastor chuck wrote as well.

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