Savannah native Bruce Feiler is one of the most remarkable people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and being with. I first met Bruce when he was a mere 7th grader at Savannah Country Day and we have been best friends ever since. There was something very special about this young man and it always impressed me that he was wise far beyond his years. But far beyond my wildest dreams and wishes he has become a literal rock star in the publishing world. It started with his brilliant insight of teaching kids English in Japan called, "Learning to Bow." And it's only blossomed--no SKYROCKETED--from there.
Bruce began a "Walter Mitty" type life by immersing himself in various occupations, including becoming a clown in the Cole Brothers Circus and living backstage with top Country artists. Then, he stumbled onto his life's true work when he decided to follow the road Moses took leading the Jewish people out of bondage in his classic: "Walking the Bible." The rest, as they say, is history. Unbeknownst even to Bruce, Bible studies started popping up all over the world about his book. HBO did a movie of the same title and had their biggest rating in history at the time. That led to many more Bible-based books including his latest, "The First Love Story; Adam and Eve and Us." It is as brilliant as it is humorous at times. His research and insight on something that Bible-doubters think is a glorified fairy tale shoots that philosophy down. It's a wonderful and informative read. He now has seven--count 'em, SEVEN--New York Times best sellers in a row!
When Bruce was in town for a book-signing and lecture at the Independent Presbyterian Church and the Jewish Educational Alliance I caught up with him to talk about his latest masterpiece. God doesn't make human beings any better, nicer or smarter than Bruce Feiler. So listen and enjoy!