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The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"While chronicling the full arc of the life and career of Elvis Presley, Gary Tillery zeros in on Presley's constant search for inner peace and spiritual growth. The Seeker King probes beyond Elvis' meteoric rise, worldwide impact, and ultimate demise, casting light on many of the man's personal quests that played out behind the scenes This book will be treasured by Elvis fans everywhere." --Dave Zimmer, author of Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Biography
"Elvis Presley was an icon of sex, stardom, and rock and roll, but beneath the glitz and Las Vegas glamour brooded a sensitive soul, deeply troubled by life's mysteries. Gary Tillery's highly readable biography shows us another side of the King, as a seeker eager to grasp life's secret meanings, and to explore a whole range of spiritual paths. Elvis may have left the building, but as this book shows, his spirit carries on."
--Gary Lachman, former Blondie bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and popular religion writer
"As a big Elvis fan, I thought I had read everything there was to read about him. But this book explores new areas and goes further into old ones. It's a must for Elvis fans and is now definitely a new addition to my library."
--Fred Willard, actor
"This is one fantastic book. The spiritual search that Elvis took to the very
moment of his death is eye opening. His goodness is everywhere. He was generous
and kind to those he loved and those he didn't. He was sure in his love of God
and wanted to be closer to him. A wonderful and spiritual book for every fan and
--Mary Willard, playwright, "Elvis and Juliet"
About the Author
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My fascination with "the intellectual Beatle," John Lennon, led me to write The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon. The book was published by Quest Books in 2009 and has been translated into German, French, Portuguese, and Danish. It was named the Official Book of the 2010 John Lennon Tribute in New York City.
In 2011, I followed up its success with a study of "the quiet Beatle," titled Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison. And in 2013 I added a third book in the "Spiritual Biography" series--The Seeker King, focusing on Elvis Presley.
Fiction-wise, I've chronicled the adventures of "soft-boiled" detective Jack Savage in three comic novels -- Death, Be Not Loud, To an Aesthete Dying Young, and She Stalks in Beauty. (Poor Jack, perpetually a square peg in a world of round holes.)
In a more literary vein, my book Darkling Plain is a collection of interwoven short stories set in Vietnam--some coming from my imagination, some of which I heard while I served there, and some based on my own experiences. The book examines the impact of America's most traumatic war on a young airman.
I have also published poetry -- Through a Dark, Glassly, as well as a collection of haiku titled 50 Epiphanies. In 2014, to commemorate a century of baseball at the Chicago Cubs' ballpark, Wrigley Field, I published The Ghosts of Wrigley Field. It recounts, in poetic form, some of the memorable events that have taken place in the legend-filled stadium used by the Cubs since 1916.
I am a native of the Southwest, born in Phoenix. I served in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force in 1968-69, then returned to Arizona for a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from ASU and a Master's degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. After two decades in the business world, primarily as co-owner of an advertising agency in suburban Chicago, I refocused my time and energy on my lifelong passion for literature and art.
I am also a professional artist. My most prominent work is the sculpture for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Chicago. I also created the bronze bust of Steve Allen for the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, co-sculpted the statue of Pat Tillman for the Arizona Cardinals, and have displayed in galleries from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and appeared in shows as far away as Shanghai. My works are in the private collections of Patricia DuPont and General Tommy Franks, and the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago holds two pieces in its permanent collection.
Top Customer Reviews
Readers new to Elvis' story will find this book to be the ideal introduction. Those who are more familiar with his life will enjoy the added dimension of new revelations about his spiritual and philosophical beliefs.
But to summarize, Elvis would have loved reading Watchman Nee's "The Spiritual Man" series and thankfully he realized just before his death that Jesus is what he was seeking for and because this world tries to mold us into it's image, we who believe do not fit into it's mold for we are formed into the likeness of God..through Jesus. Rest in peace E and we'll have a long time in heaven to talk about everything our kindred spirits were seeking but have now found.
He doesn't disappoint with this work on Elvis. Of course, not much new ground is broken with this book, it still shows a complicated and curious Elvis searching for meaning. It seems only natural that someone like Elvis, raised in a spiritual home, who remained levelheaded even after reaching the pinnacles of fame, would ask why he was the one to receive such acclaim and rewards.
My only complaint is that, unlike his book on Harrison, Tillery spends too much time dealing with the parts of Elvis's biography that we already know. I was hoping for a much more in-depth look at Elvis's reading and investigations into different philosophies and religions, which Tillery seems to not mention in passing. Despite that, this is still a terrific book and one that will intrigue Elvis fans and biography readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most books about Elvis don't say much about his religious side. I always wondered if he was truly a Christian. I was happy to read that he got saved when he was 9 yrs old. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stargazer
This book is just reprints from other books !!! A waste of money and time!!! A complete joke!!! If I could give it no stars I would!!Published 5 months ago by Quiltlady-1958
I am a 55 year Elvis ''Dedicated Super Fan'', and I was quite disappointed with this book. Having read quite a few books on Elvis' search for Spiritual Enlightenment, I was hoping... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leon'a Wilson - Mann
I have read excerpts from this book, and loved what I have read this is the next one on my list to read entire book. nice addition to my collection.Published 6 months ago by Carol A. Powers
Read many books but found this to be based on what others have written. Nothing new.Published 7 months ago by M. Burns
I found it to be a great read. It was nice to read something good about theElvisPublished 7 months ago by Lisa4172