Profile: John Delorean Tells His Own Story

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A Christian publisher gives the beleaguered former auto executive a chance to ‘set the record straight.’

“Americans like to see a big guy get knocked off,” says John DeLorean. “But once he’s down and everybody’s got their shoes cleaned off on him, they like to see him rise back up, because he’s become an underdog.”

DeLorean, who rose to international acclaim in the auto industry, says people all across the country are rooting for him. He was accused last year of trafficking in cocaine to save his financially troubled auto company. A California court, however, decided that he did nothing wrong, or if he did, it was because he had been entrapped.

Evangelicals have developed a special interest in the 60-year-old entrepreneur, who claims to have become a Christian while in prison for the cocaine charges. He chose the Zondervan Corporation, a major evangelical publisher, as the vehicle for telling his story. His book, DeLorean, was published in September.

Other publishing houses “made good offers,” he says. “But my Christianity is a critical part of my life. I’m so new in it that I wanted to make sure it would be expressed in a way that would not demean it.”

The evangelical community itself has felt a bit kicked around when some celebrities have viewed Christianity as a means to an end. Thus, the news of DeLorean’s conversion was met with caution. His credibility was damaged when his wife of 12 years, model Christina Ferrare, filed for divorce.

Ferrare’s own conversion story had been widely publicized. But DeLorean later said that while his wife was publicly giving her Christian testimony, she was seeing another man, a man she eventually married. DeLorean has said he was devastated by the breakup of his marriage.

Today, he attends a ...

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