Is Jesus Revolution based on a true story or book?

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 15: Joel Courtney attends "Jesus Revolution" Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on February 15, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 15: Joel Courtney attends "Jesus Revolution" Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on February 15, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate) /
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A new movie called Jesus Revolution is now streaming on Netflix. The Christian drama film tells the story of how a hippie street preacher, an unhappy teen, and a straitlaced preacher came together to form their own sort of church, per the synopsis. Is the movie based on a true story or book?

The production, directed by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle, stars Joel Courtney as Greg Laurie, Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee, and Kelsey Grammer as Chuck Smith, among others. It was first theatrically released by Lionsgate in February 2023 before making its way to streaming.

There’s some very interesting stories out there that make you question whether it’s true or just made up. What’s the case with this movie? We’ve got the answer for you below!

Is Jesus Revolution based on a true story or book?

Jesus Revolution is based on a true story and a book. Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today is an autobiographical book written by the real-life Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. Known as the Jesus movement in the late ’60s and early ’70s, members were known as Jesus people or Jesus freaks. But they changed the way things worked, and it still has an effect today.

Pastor Chuck Smith founded Calvary Chapel in 1965. When his church was losing members, he found a way to help the institution and keep money flowing in it. His daughter, Janette Manderson, introduced Smith to her boyfriend John Higgins Jr., who was a former hippie who became Christian. John Higgins is the one who introduced the pastor to hippie street preacher Lonnie Frisbee. And so, they would reach out and appeal to other hippies, young youth, and musicians. And, it worked. The growth of the church and movement ultimately lead to the start of Jesus music and Christian rock concerts that are still around today.

The film is told through the eyes of Greg Laurie, who is also based on a real person. He’s the author of the autobiographical book the movie is based on after all! He is an evangelical author, pastor, and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship. He converted to Christianity and started out as a minister during the Jesus movement.

Jesus Revolution is now streaming on Netflix.

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