Skip to comments.Interview: Mitch Albom on Faith, "Tuesdays With Morrie" and Finding His Glory
Posted on 11/22/2011 7:11:01 AM PST by Kaslin
That was really an accident, Mitch Albom recently called the publication of his first nonfiction book, Tuesdays with Morrie. . At the time, the sports columnist was just trying to help pay his former professors medical bills. However, when the book was published, it became something more. An international sensation. It also changed Alboms life.
Next Sunday, the television movie based on Have a Little Faith-- Alboms second nonfiction book-- will air on ABC. I recently had the opportunity to interview Albom about his new film, his career path and finding his glory in life.
Faith tells the true story of Alboms experience learning about the life of his childhood rabbi, Rabbi Albert Lewis (Martin Landau). The story begins with the elderly rabbi asking Albom to write his eulogy. The rabbi isnt sick but he wants everything organized for when his time comes.
Albom reluctantly agrees and soon begins interviewing his rabbi as research for the assignment. Eventually, Albom also befriends a Christian pastor named Henry Covington (Laurence Fishburne), a former drug dealer who found God after a near-death experience. The film tells the story of both men and how their religious beliefs affect Albom on his spiritual journey.
I spoke to Albom about what he wants viewers to get out of his story. He said that he wants people to see the film and realize that its never too late to go back and rediscover faith and that faith can be something that pulls people together. The film cleverly balances both the rabbi's sturdy faith and the pastor's unwavering beliefs.
The storys focus on faith and hope is a far cry from what is often seen on primetime television. Critics often note that television shows and movies focus too much on sex and violence but Faith does neither. The minimal amount of violence in this movie merely shows Covingtons life before he found God and turned away from crime.
When I asked Albom why more television films and shows didnt focus more on faith, he noted that in general, those arent ratings-getters. But he added that I hope that people will find [Faith] as sort of a relief from a lot of the stuff they see on TV and tune into it because of that.
In the story, Albom discovers that his former rabbi has written a book entitled Whats Your Glory so I also asked Albom about defining his glory. What positive effect does he bring to this world.
Albom responded by saying that his glory is to use my ability that God gave me to tell stories and try to use those stories to affect some kind of positive outcome. After writing Morrie, Albom realized that there was a lot more power than I realized in these kinds of stories.
Since then, Albom has published several more books about faith including Five People you Meet in Heaven. Morrie may have become well-known for commenting o sports but he became a household name by writing about values and faith.
Mitch Albom has indeed found his glory.
Folks who are only familiar with Mitch Albom through these books or his sports writings may be unaware that he is a huge liberal. He has a local radio talk show in Detroit (AM 760) and although he will slam either side for being ridiculous, he is very anti-gun and assumes anyone who is conservative must be racist. His show cuts off Sean Hannity’s last hour, and on those few occasions when I stay to listen, one usually finds me screaming at the radio with my kids looking at me as if I have lost it.
I think he is still on his journey spiritually. I bet he has a Juan Williams moment at some point when the liberals won’t want him any more because he has gone too far with his seeking.
Agree. I just finished the book about Morrie. Morrie comes across as a pompous know it all ass so typical of a liberal arts university professor.
The best thing about the book is that it was short.
Ugh, I live in his radio show market and I also have to turn his show off. He is SUCH a liberal, I absolutely cannot stand to listen to him it is about Detroit sports. On any issue of the day his leftist views takeover.
...and he has the reputation for being an insufferable ass towrds people around Detroit. I put myself through college waiting tables...you can always tell who the real jerks are by the way they treat the “common folk”.
P.S. His book sucked, too (I read it).
Albom, embraces it.
I also have to turn off his show because he causes me to have an intense irrational anger when I hear his voice. His male sidekick also sends me around the bend.
I honestly don’t think that he’s very intelligent and is pretty much a big phoney.