A true story about a remarkable friendship.
In an open-hearted memoir of faith on the fringe, Roger Thompson meditates on the life and premature death of his best friend and business partner, Tim Garrety, cofounder of Skate Street Ventura.
Roger and Tim’s twenty-year friendship was forged in the surf and on the streets of 1980s California. Together they hazarded countless waves and every rite of passage—from guitars to girls to God—and influenced the lives of thousands of skateboarders, musicians, surfers, and otherwise disconnected youth in the process.
With unrestrained honesty and a punk-rock soundtrack, My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir of friendship, doubt, surfing, and the complex relationships between fathers and sons. If life has ever left you feeling abandoned—or if you simply prefer a rock show to a sermon—My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir you won’t want to miss, and a confirmation that you are never alone.
What Readers Are Saying
My Best Friend’s Funeral is a remarkable true story of a deep and true friendship. It’s an emotional journey through joy, sorrow and hope. With insight into living and loving more fully, my friend Roger shows us how to find meaning in the hardships we can’t explain, and how love can grow from our deepest loss. Brutally honest and beautifully compassionate, it will inspire you to, once again, tell your family and friends how much you love them. You’ll love reading this book.Michael W. Smith
With the Pacific Ocean as his backdrop, Roger Thompson paints a firsthand picture of the reality that life is not easy. It’s cruel, challenging, and hopeless; and being a Christian doesn’t make it easy. He questions God’s authority in the face of loss and rejection and draws closer to his Heavenly Father in the process. God has taken him on an incredible journey; one that we can all learn something from.
I could not put this book down! Such a refreshingly raw, honest, insightful behind the scenes look into a friendship that God worked through to impact this entire generation! Each of our lives are difficult at times but reading this book reminded me of how God uses our pain and suffering to draw us closer to Him and to refine us so we can shine brighter.
Founder, Walking on Water
Storytelling at its finest.
Like Frank McCourt shows us Ireland in Angela’s ashes, Roger Thompson shows us his Ventura. With heroes worth rooting for,Thompson paints for us a vivid picture of life in a time and place so vividly it feels like it came out of our own memory.
I could not put it down!
I read the first 21 chapters straight and finished the book within the day. Roger’s descriptive and beautiful writing transported me back to my hometown and high school where I knew Roger and Tim. Each chapter touched my soul in a unique way. Like Roger, I lost my father at a young age and a best friend came alongside my life a desperate time of need. Roger and Tim’s story is a must read for anyone with a best friend, a father, a son, surfers, skaters, musicians and those who have lost loved ones. I bought extra copies to give to friends and family. Roger, thank you for sharing your life and preserving Tim’s memory for us.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Roger is an engaging storyteller. You can imagine yourself in many of the scenarios. I actually have a very similar friendship that began when I was 13 and is still going strong 40 years later. This is a book you will recommend to your friends and want to read again yourself!