For the man who penned the bestselling memoir in publishing history, writing is a spiritual endeavor.
“You need to be infused with a certain spirit in order to be able to create, and I believe all of our talents come from God,” said Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
Albom is now promoting the movie based on his first non-fiction book to follow “Tuesdays With Morrie,” titled “Have A Little Faith.” Starring Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne, The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford and Academy Award winner Martin Landau, the Hallmark Hall of Fame film will air Sunday, Nov. 27 on ABC at 9 pm Eastern. It chronicles Albom’s personal faith journey, sparked by a surprising request to prepare a eulogy for his childhood rabbi and advanced by a Detroit pastor who was once a drug addict and now runs a homeless shelter. The story challenges our notion of wisdom keepers.
“We’re in a world where computers and media and the Internet are dominating our lives,” Albom told me in a recent phone interview, “and we’re looking for places half way around the world to connect with people and celebrities we’re never going to meet that we’re listening to their tweets of 140 characters, holding them up as some kind of dogma. In my mind, the greatest wisdom you’re ever going to find is probably going to be about a mile from your house – someone you know or were raised with from your church or synagogue who is going to speak to you and know your life.”
A down economy often leads to an uptick in religious interest, the Detroit-based journalist added. “We have seen it happen in Detroit. It’s explainable because, first of all, when you’re asking for help, you tend to look up. When you’re asking how much, you tend to look across. When you’ve got money, things are going OK, you’re not looking up. How much does that cost? I want to buy that.”
Faith doesn’t come naturally to everyone. For those who struggle with spirituality, Albom offers simple advice:
“You begin with the smallest act. Look around, a simple act of kindness, and wonder where does that come from? Look around at the children – they’re always little miracles. Look at nature. On a rainy night or when you’re overlooking a cliff, just say, ‘Come on – this can’t be an accident!’ See if you find yourself remotely inspired. Or else just be still. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Sometimes all people really need to do is just be quiet. They have to hear a voice of faith insides themselves.”
If you’re looking for a stirring family movie to conclude your Thanksgiving weekend, I recommend “Have A Little Faith.” Here’s a trailer: