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Kirk Cameron is best known for his role as loveable teenage troublemaker Mike Seaver on the award-winning TV series Growing Pains, but his rise to fame and fortune is only part of his incredible story.  In this intimate autobiography, Kirk opens up about his early years, his rocket to stardom, his life-changing encounter with Jesus and the hard choices he's made along the way to live in the Way of the Master.  Fans will get an up-close and personal look at what drives the former teen-magazine heartthrob and find out how God and family became the secrets behind his celebrated smile.  In his own words, Kirk shares how he's still growing--even through the triumphs and temptations of his Hollywood career.

About the Author

KIRK CAMERON is a television and film actor best known for his Golden Globe® nominated work on the TV series Growing Pains and for his role as journalist Buck Williams in the Left Behind feature films. Kirk produces and co-hosts “The Way of the Master” TV series, winner of the National Religious Broadcasters’ Best Program of the Year award, and produces and appears regularly on The Way of the Master radio show (www.wayofthemaster.com). He is married to Growing Pains and Left Behind co-star Chelsea Noble, with whom he has six children, and they live in Southern California. Together they run Camp Firefly (www.campfirefly.com), a retreat for seriously ill children and their families.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830744517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830744510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I missed out on the Growing Pains phenomenon. Because my family had no television while I was growing up, the Seaver family largely passed me by. I caught occasional glimpses of the program but little more than that. It was only recently that I even learned that the show had propelled Leonardo DiCaprio's illustrious career. The truth is I know more about Cameron's post-sitcom career than the years he spent as Mike Seaver, one of television's best known and most loved characters. And it was those years that was my primary interest as I read Still Growing, Cameron's newly published autobiography.

Of course I couldn't help but enjoy reading about his early life, and the Growing Pains years in particular. While I may not have known much about Cameron in my younger years, I do know that I would have given just about all I had to trade places with him. What boy wouldn't want to be the teenage heartthrob whose face graced the cover of dozens of teen magazines? What boy wouldn't dream of the fame, the fortune and the attention that were Cameron's? He spent his life in a strange bubble where even adults hustled to grant his every desire and where his whim was the command for countless grown-ups. He received 10,000 fan letters every week and was the center of attention wherever he went.

Here is how he describes his life at the pinnacle of his fame:

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I received 10,000 letters per week, mostly from girls who wanted to meet me, touch me, marry me. I had a fan club that sent out a variety of keepsakes--photos, Tshirts, buttons, even a pillowcase with my picture just the right size for girls to kiss my fabric-y likeness as they drifted off to sleep. Weird.

Wherever I went people catered to me. Limousines carted me off to the next gig.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The curse of the child star and the teen heart throb, to be corrupted by Hollywood at such a young age. "Still Growing" is Kirk Cameron, former star of the hit sitcom 'Growing Pains', story of his life. He discusses his time on a show becoming someone he now despises and hates, someone who would do something as cold as firing his mother. When the stardom started to fade, only then did he learn what he did. "Still Growing" is Cameron's tale of correcting past mistakes and becoming a better person through finding God, sure to inspire readers everywhere.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Wiemer on May 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was not a big "Growing Pains" fan when growing up. I did watch the show on occasion and thought it was good, but did not watch frequently. I have seen Kirk Cameron in a few of his other rolls and he is a good actor. I am not the type to give Hollywood actors much thought, but in his case, I will make an exception. Having met him on the set of his latest movie "Fireproof", I can say that he is the Real Deal. He is a very kind person, will take time to talk to kids, and is unashamedly Christian. He shares all these qualities in this book. This book will appeal to both the Kirk Cameron "Hollywood Actor" fan as well as the rest of us who just like the story of a good life lived on moral grounds.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Healthy By Nature on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting and inspirational read for Christians and I should think non-Christians alike, especially for those who came of age in the 80s and grew up watching "surrogate family" shows like Growing Pains. Whether you are a believer or not, this is a man who illustrates the joy and reward of living Life guided by a strong sense of values and a refusal to compromise faith - a lesson that would be well advised for us all.

Kirk Cameron appears to be a thoughtful and introspective man who strives in this book to be candid in all things; this is further illustrated by the fact that he allows others in his life to share their personal thoughts and feelings about his growth experience. In a day and age where everyone tries desperately to be trendy and liked, to only portray what they think the world wants to see or hear, Mister Cameron's honesty - about both his strengths and weaknesses - is commendable.

What I LIKE the most in reading his story, is the way he admits straight up that he is still growing and struggling with the challenges of Life - as a man, as a father, as a friend, as a Christian... aren't we all? This is a tie that binds our reality with his. But what I RESPECT the most in reading his story, is the fact that he insists on interpreting every facet of Life with his faith at the forefront. I do so admire the fact that he refuses to take off his wedding band or kiss any woman on stage other than his wife, and that he places his faith, his family and his moral compass ahead of everything else, every time, bar none.

I read this book at the speed of light. At the end of the day, it is truly refreshing and encouraging to find a Hollywood actor who is not afraid or ashamed to "walk the walk" for his belief in Christ.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ammerk on April 19, 2008
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I, like many teenagers in the 80's, was in "love" with Kirk Cameron. I had the posters, and never missed an episode of Growing Pains - The Complete First Season. I read Bop magazine, and soaked up as much information as I could, in hope that one day I would meet Kirk. I was crushed when he married Chelsea! All of this is now slighly embarassing. Oh, the teenage years! I have followed his career in the many years since Growing Pains, and as a fellow Christian, I am proud of the man he has become. If you were a fan in the 80's, I think you will enjoy this book. Kirk seems to have a great since of humor about life, and some of the things that have happened in his past. I most enjoyed reading the chapters with both he and Chelsea telling their story. They are truly an amazing couple. I admire the fact that Kirk has turned down many high profile jobs because they would require him to kiss another woman. That speaks volumes to the love of his wife and 6 kids. I think that Kirk has done a great job in getting the gospel of Jesus Christ more into the mainstream. His book pulls no punches with it. He does not sugar coat it. He tells it like it is. I would also suggest reading his Mom's book, A Full House of Growing Pains,for more insight into the family dynamic. Overall, Kirk has written an informative book, with humor and grace.
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