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The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley

The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley [Kindle Edition]

Gary Tillery

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A woman in the audience once handed Elvis a crown saying, “You’re the King.” “No, honey,” Elvis replied. “There is only one king — Jesus Christ. I’m just a singer.” Gary Tillery presents a coherent view of Elvis’s thoughts through such anecdotes and other recorded facts. We learn, for instance, that Elvis read thousands of books on religion; that his crisis over making bimbo movies like Girl Happy led him to writers such as Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti, and Helena Blavatsky; and that, while driving in Arizona, an epiphany he had inspired him to learn Hindu practice. Elvis came to believe that the Christ shines in everyone and that God wanted him to use his light to uplift people. And so he did. Elvis’s excesses were as legendary as his generosity, yet, despite his lethal reliance on drugs, he remained ever spiritually curious. When he died, he was reading A Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus. This intimate, objective portrait inspires new admiration for the flawed but exceptional man who said, “All I want is to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (9 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G1SRE5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Gary Tillery is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works.

His fascination with "the intellectual Beatle," John Lennon, led him 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, and Portuguese.

He followed up its success with a study of "the quiet Beatle," titled Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison. Quest Books published the work in 2011.

Both books will soon be available in a Kindle edition.

A third book in the "Spiritual Biography" series, on Elvis Presley, will be available in 3Q 2013.

Fiction-wise, he has chronicled the adventures of "soft-boiled" detective Jack Savage in two comic novels -- Death, Be Not Loud and To An Aesthete Dying Young. The third book in the series is slated for publication in 2012.

He also published a collection of intertwined short stories set in Vietnam, Darkling Plain -- a book that examines the impact of America's most traumatic war on a young airman.

He has also published two volumes of poetry -- Through a Dark, Glassly, and 50 Epiphanies, a collection of haiku.

A native of the Southwest, Tillery was born in Phoenix in 1947. He served in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force in 1968-69, then returned to earn a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from ASU and a Master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.

After two decades in the business world, primarily as co-owner of an advertising agency in suburban Chicago, he turned his time and energy to his lifelong passion for literature and art.

Tillery is also a professional artist. His most prominent work is the sculpture for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Chicago. He also created the bronze bust of Steve Allen for the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. He has displayed in galleries from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and appeared in shows as far away as Shanghai. His 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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 26 Sep 2013
By Sandra Dunn - Published on
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I have read most of what has been written about Elvis...I have especially enjoyed the past few books written by those who knew Elvis.This book does a great job retelling Elvis' life focusing on his deep spirituality which any fan knows was the core of Elvis. Fast easy the song and literature references.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for both the casual and avid Elvis fan 20 Oct 2013
By David Ives - Published on
I found this to be a highly engaging and readable bio of The King. This is the first book I've read about Elvis and it provided an excellent look at his life overall, with a special focus on his spiritual interests and beliefs. It does a great job of chronicling his early life, rise to fame, relationships with family, friends and Colonel Parker, and his gradual decline. I found the chapters about Sun and his early career particularly fascinating. I was also surprised at the variety and range of his religious interests.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Seeker King 29 Oct 2013
By ElvisFan1 - Published on
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I found the book contained a repeat of a lot other books already written about Elvis' spirituality. The book is an okay read.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK - 9 Mar 2014
By Carol J. Wilson - Published on
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A lot of the book was something I'd already read elsewhere. Just more on a misunderstood star who was used by those around him.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley was great! 12 Feb 2014
By Mary E. Garman - Published on
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There is a lot of information in this book that has been printed in other books about Elvis, and Gary Tillery gives those people credit for that information, however, there was other info that I had not heard before. The way the book was presented and the timeline at the end is so wonderful. A must for any Elvis fan.....

The book came packaged very safely and arrived before the promised date.

Thank you!
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