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12. Juni 2012

A mix of Tony Hawk and Brian Welch comes together in skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi, who reveals everything about his rise, fall, and redemption, in this amazing tell-all—from being named the greatest skater of all time to bottoming out on drugs to finally finding redemption through God.

Fans of Slater Kelly’s Pipe Dreams and Brian Welch’s Save Me From Myself, and followers of Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Steve Caballero, will be captivated by this extraordinary, star-studded story, a gripping read that ranges from the heart of the 1980s skateboarding scene to the inside of a prison, from Hollywood parties to intense prayer sessions.

Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor takes readers to the heart of one little-known world after another—and he portrays them in all their gore and glory for all the world to see.


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“Christian was my biggest competition, and when he was on fire, he was unbeatable. I have great reverence for him. We had a blast. We were paving a path with no idea where it would lead.” (Tony Hawk)

“Christian is responsible for transcending the underground skateboarding lifestyle into a mainstream sport. He is the sport’s first rock star.” (Danny Way)

“Christian and I gained the whole world, then lost everything that makes life worth living, and found victory on the other side. Christian’s amazing story will help multitudes find their true identity.” (Brian "Head" Welch)

“Only one thing soars higher than Christian skating vert and that’s his love and commitment to God. If you dare drop in on Hosoi’s life, you’re in for a gnarly ride!” (Stephen Baldwin)

“Check out Christian Hosoi’s new book, as in go get it now!” (SkateBible Blog)

“I’ve always said that Christian had the best style of skateboarding-ever. It’s amazing how similar our lives have been. It’s good to see him overcome everything that he has.” (Jay Adams)

“Christian is one of the very few greats and one of the most important skateboarders in skate history.” (Stacy Peralta)

“Skateboarding is a monster nobody can control, but Christian was one of the few skaters that forever changed the way people skate. As skateboarding’s rock star in the ‘80’s, Christian was everywhere. It’s like we turned around and he was gone.” (Grant Brittain)

“Somehow in all the autobiographical mix of self-deprecation and aggrandizement, his true desire shines through: “My hope and prayer is that you also meet the One and Only”.” (Publishers Weekly)

“...a tell-all biography documenting his rise to dominance, his subsequent incarceration, and recent return to the sport that made him a legend - all told by Hosoi himself.” (Hypebeast)

“The man who invented the Christ-Air is telling his story in his new book. Even if you’ve seen the documentary, Rising Son, the book is a must read. It offers lessons from specific stories and info from his riveting life.” (Mass Appeal)

“Christian Hosoi was…carving full sentences into the cement with his perfect runs. He was the one with the swagger to pull off women’s jeans, hair extensions, and the blasphemous nickname ‘Christ.’ Tricks are for kids. Hosoi was trying to see the sun.” (ESPN's Grantland)

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Raised at the legendary Marina Del Rey Skatepark—where his father was the manager and the Dogtown and Z-Boys crew were his mentors—Christian Hosoi never questioned that he would become a full-time skateboarder. But no one could have predicted his meteoric rise to the apex of a burgeoning sport—or the spectacular way he would crash and then create himself anew.

A professional skater by thirteen, known for his rock-star flair and dramatic aerials, Hosoi was at the top of the world before he was twenty, engaged in the rivalry that would shape years of skating: Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. At the height of his celebrity in the late 1980s and early '90s, Hosoi was the highest-paid skateboarder in the world and made the most of his celebrity status, counting Hollywood's elite as his friends. But the kid who first got stoned at age eight later found himself smoking meth full-time. And as Hawk walked away with every accolade, Hosoi went underground.

In January 2000, he was convicted for trafficking $65,000's worth of methamphetamine across state lines. In this gripping memoir, Hosoi recounts the crushing reality of his prison sentence and the day he made the phone call that would save him—to his now-wife, Jennifer. She guided Hosoi toward Christianity, to the faith that sustained him in prison, welcoming him into a new life when he was released nearly five years later.

In the summer of 2009, Hosoi won the gold medal in the X Games Legends Competition. He won gold again in 2010. And now Hosoi's classic skateboard designs are flying off the shelves once again.

Packed with interviews from skateboarding stars past and present, Hosoi is not only a tell-all about fame, fortune, and failure—it's also a strong testimony to the power of faith and the gift of change.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hosoi is the Prodigal Skater 18. Juni 2012
Von Lavish Bookshelf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Do you know that Prodigal Son story in the Bible? The one where the cocky and arrogant son wants his father's inheritance RIGHT NOW and he gets it. Then he takes off to see the world, spends all of the money and finds himself starving as a slave in a foreign land? But then, when the son hits rock-bottom, he is humbled. He doesn't feel he is worthy enough to be called the son of his father, but that is where he was so very wrong. After returning to the father, the son learns that he is forgiven and the father is overjoyed that the son's heart is finally true and just.

Well, that's pretty much the life that Christian Hosoi has lived.
And the new book, Hosoi by Christian Hosoi, explains it all.

The subtitle of Hosoi is "My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor" which describes the book brilliantly.

As a Skateboarder, Hosoi literally had it all. Christian Hosoi was one of the first super-elite rock-star skateboarders EVER. With endorsement deals that were unheard of at the time, Hosoi lived a Hollywood life, even setting up a huge skate ramp behind his rented house that was once owned by W.C. Fields. He traveled the world, hobnobbed with A-list celebrities and was mobbed by fans wherever he went.

As a Junkie, his life slowly spiraled out of control. Hosoi smoked his first joint at 8 years old. His father gave it to him. From there he slowly escalated the drug use, embracing the party culture along the way. Hosoi got high with Hollywood but shortly found himself sleeping in a stolen van. The drug life came to a pinnacle when he strapped $65,000 worth of meth to his body and boarded a plane to Hawaii. Police and prison were waiting in Hawaii for him.

As an Inmate, Hosoi had a huge reality check. At first, he just couldn't believe he had been caught. After all, he was Christian Hosoi, awesomeness personified. Others in prison didn't see it that way. In prison, Hosoi learned humility and patience and, most importantly, he learned of the power of God's redeeming grace over a life lived in a very less than perfect way.

As a Pastor, life has been radically changed for Hosoi and his family. After being released from prison, Hosoi settled into married life as a father of four boys. His wife began their church journey via the Calvary Chapel, but these days Hosoi is an associate pastor at a church called The Sanctuary, located in Huntington Beach, California. And quite miraculously, he also led his mother and father to Jesus.

The book itself is engaging and a very interesting look behind the scenes for those of us who were around in the 1980s. Christian Hosoi is not a genius author, so the writing technique of this book is very clunky at times, switching between past and present tense at random. Hosoi is an incredibly honest story, though, which can be difficult to read, especially the chapters where Hosoi spiraled out of control.

Christian Hosoi has lived the life that legends are made of and doesn't show signs of stopping. As a pastor, Hosoi is sharing the gospel (he even briefly mentions demon possession in this book). He is also entering and winning skating competitions again.

As a life that has been lived out very much in the public eye, Hosoi's story is one that readers might feel they already know. But Hosoi's story isn't one that focuses strictly on the facts surrounding skating and winning. Christian Hosoi deeply expresses the joy of riding high, the depths of drug abuse and the glory of God's grace.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I received this book complimentary from TLC in exchange for an honest review but the opinion is all mine.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very compelling and truthfully written 23. Juni 2012
Von Gob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I opened this book, it took me eight hours straight to complete. I was intrigued by the life that he lived. "Bucket full of holes" Christian navigates us thought the highlights of his life through good and bad and shares with us his connection with Jesus and how he has found that there is more to life than what was at his grasp. I was captivated by how I myself could relate to some of the events he struggled with in life. A must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Conviction, Compassion and Courage! 30. Juli 2012
Von Chris from VA - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being an old school skater and punk musician from the 80s who pulled a prodigal at age 19, suffered through years of debt, divorce, and personal misery, not to return until age 34, this book really moved my heart. I feel for guys like Hosoi and so many others with similar stories. He inspired me back then as a skater but inspires me even more now, as I too have entered full-time ministry just a two years ago at age 38.

As I read this book, one word kept coming to mind - Conviction. Almost like everything he did, he did with conviction. But it wasn't until his focus changed that his conviction was as intended. While reading this book, my heart wrenched with compassion for him and those around him. It still does. I purchased this book intending to read it over my week-long vacation in the Outer Banks. I finished it in a just a few days as I couldn't put it down. A day after I finished it, I went to a skate shop in the Outer Banks and saw a banner that the Bones Brigade tour was coming and the top name on the banner was Christian Hosoi. I thought "What courage!" I saw the Bones Brigade in my hometown 20+ years ago just before I decided to walk away from God. Praise God for guys like Hosoi and for opening the door to us, letting us knock, inviting us in, running out to us, hugging us, and loving us even more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THIS BOOK WILL DRAW YOU IN AND TAKE YOU ON A RIDE 6. Juli 2012
Von INHISFIRE - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I GREW UP A HOSOI FOLLOWER!! I WANTED TO BE HIM! EVERY TRICK I DID I TRIED TO REPLICATE HIM! I HAD TO HOLD EVERY TRICK A LITTLE LONGER LIKE HOSOI AND SOMETIMES I WOULD PAY!! I MET HOSOI AT A JIMMYZ DEMO AT THE LUBBOCK MALL AND THERE WAS NO HYPE ABOUT HIS SKATING! IT WAS LIFE CHANGING AND SURREAL!! THE MOMENT I STARTED THIS BOOK I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOU KNEW HOSOI OR NOT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! WHAT A JOURNEY HE HAS TAKEN AND WE NEED HAPPY ENDINGS IN THIS DAY AND AGE LIKE NEVER BEFORE!! IF YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT HAS EVER STRUGGLED WITH DRUGS AND TRULY WANT TO QUIT GET THEM THIS BOOK!! IT IS INSPIRING!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen recommend this book to addicts, recovering addicts or enablers! 16. November 2012
Von Linda vigeant-overby - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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excellent for a current addict or enabler to read. one of my close relatives was a recreational skateboarder, and fits the profile of the skateboarders as described in this book -- someone who needs to live on the edge, constant risk taker, needing constant adrenaline rush, and an addict -- this book helped me understand the behaviors better. I greatly respect what Christian Hosoi has been able to do with his life, and I believe with his books and other public activities that he is a god-send as a role model for many people who may be able to have hope for a better life in getting clean and helping others get clean as a result of Christian's example.
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