The Seeker King
A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley
by Gary Tillery
"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
Most know that Elvis was a deeply religious man, yet few are aware that he engaged in a spiritual search that led him far afield from traditional Christianity.
"I’d like readers to come away knowing that Elvis was more inquisitive, and much deeper, than is commonly realized."
"Elvis may have left the building, but as this book shows, his spirit carries on."—Read what Gary Lachman and others are saying about The Seeker King.
"For years Elvis had been growing disenchanted with the vacuous lifestyle he was living. He had a strong religious instinct and read the Bible regularly, and he had always felt that God had a reason for singling him out for greatness. But what?"
Use these personal or group discussion questions to deepen your reading of The Seeker King!
Arlene Sanchez Walsh
What may be surprising to some is that as a seeker, Elvis moved beyond the orthodox confines of the faith of his upbringing to explore Pentecostalism’s more extravagant spiritual realities.
After a rigorous Christian upbringing in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis must have welcomed metaphysical practices that placed him in the center.
Elvis Presley once admitted, “All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.” Behind the persona, fame, and fanfare, Elvis was a seeker.
Interestingly, Elvis’ interest in one type of spirituality, one path to deeper understanding, never seemed to preclude other options.
No one knows what Elvis’ beliefs or relationship to God was at the moment of his untimely death. Only God knows.
Sudden success on the scale that Elvis experienced it can and often does become a prison for those who experience it. From his first hit record, Elvis ceased to live as a free person.
Elvis's spiritual search in some ways reminded me of King Solomon, a man with everything who yet inside is longing for more.