Tuesdays with Mitch Albom: The motivational writer discusses “Morrie,” 25 years later, what’s coming up, and the present.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Mitch Albom once played the role of the pupil in a now-famous paradigm with his then-Brandeis University professor, Morris S. Schwartz, both literally and figuratively.

As the world has come to know him, Morrie suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease until he passed away in his late 70s, but not before Albom recorded their final discussions every Tuesday.

After 25 years, Albom has taken on the role of Morrie’s instructor, possibly ensuring that the professor’s timeless lessons continue to be relevant in all subsequent books, conversations, and decisions in addition to his widely read “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

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Tuesdays with Morrie, a book about “An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson,” was published in 1997, although it was almost never made since few publishers were willing to publish the young journalist’s story.

“We didn’t believe anyone would read it. It was simply written to cover Morrie’s medical expenses “On Tuesday, Albom spoke to Fox News Digital. “And the majority of publishers told us they were “not interested,” thus shutting us out and discouraging us. Boring. Depressing. You write about sports. You won’t be able to attract anyone with this.” The just under 200-page book was eventually released by publisher Doubleday, reached the bestseller lists, and Albom used the early revenues to pay for Morrie’s medical expenses. The rest, according to Albom, “was just gravy.”

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The long-lasting success of “Tuesdays with Morrie” undoubtedly changed publishers’ perceptions of the young Mitch Albom; he would go on to write several other bestselling books; however, it was the change in people’s perceptions of the sports journalist-turned-memoirist that changed Albom as not only a writer, but as a person.

Author Mitch Albom at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on Sept. 3.

“People started speaking to me differently soon after I finished writing the book, and that is what started happening. People would approach me instead of discussing sports and say, “Well, my mother passed away from cancer. We finished off our time together by reading your book. Can I discuss her with you?” Ad Albom. “I was immediately forced into the position of the listener. And not to one, ten, hundred, or thousand, but to tens of thousands of heartbroken accounts of loss and unaccounted-for individuals.” “It really forced me to mature and taught me to acknowledge the tragedy and heartbreak in the world while also attempting to see the beauty of the world after surviving such things and overcoming them. And as a result, it really did propel me into a different world.” That area is his charity work , according to Albom, who emphasizes the value of sharing. MITCH ALBOM TALKS ABOUT MISSION OF HIS HAITI ORPHANAGE AMID COUNTRY’S INSTABILITY, KIDNAPPINGS The Have Faith Haiti Mission andamp; Orphanage is a particular place of love and caring, dedicated to the safety, education, health, and spiritual growth of Haiti’s impoverished children and orphans. It was inspired by Albom’s first non-fiction book since the release of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “Have a Little Faith.” After the terrible earthquake of January 2010, the 1980s-era organization fell on hard times, and Albom and his A Hole in the Roof Foundation took over management. “My life’s first priority is my children. A big portion of my life has always involved working with or helping youngsters “Fox News Digital was told by Albom. “Every month, I travel to Haiti to provide for the children’s needs, including protection, healthcare, and education. I currently have two children up here from the orphanage who attend Michigan’s colleges. As a result, I’m looking after them while they’re here. Due to their medical issues, I am currently housing three young children “Ad Albom. And I’m quite happy about that.

Headshot of author Mitch Albom, taken by Jenny Risher

Albom’s charitable works undoubtedly serve as motivation, but so do his other books. After the popularity of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Albom went on to write “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” which is possibly his most well-known book. Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, and Michael Imperioli star in the film adaptation. In addition, Albom tells Fox News Digital that he has no intentions to quit writing any time soon despite the fact that several other novels and upwards of 40 million copies of his work have been sold globally. “I’m really proud of my most recent work, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat,” which is currently out. And it’s been received incredibly well, better than I could have ever expected “As of Tuesday, Albom. “And given that it’s about a group of castaways in a life raft who refer to themselves as a body and who make claims to be God, I believe that this probably speaks something about the time in which we live. And they don’t think he’s real.” “Everyone in these difficult times has undoubtedly given some type of version of the overall idea of calling out for help and getting it in forms that we don’t recognize” some thought.

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Albom continued, “I’m also writing on another book that comes out next fall, next November. With the exception of “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” I don’t write a lot of historical fiction that is set during the Holocaust. The book is called “The Little Liar,” and it is a historical novel. The backbone of this specific story, though, has to do with an episode that occurred during the Holocaust, therefore it was crucial to set it in that era.

The 25th anniversary edition cover of Mitch Albom's andquot;Tuesdays with Morrieandquot;

So, 25 years after the publication of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Albom has no shortage of ways to uphold the legacy of his inspirational professor and make his old professor proud. When asked if, as a “somewhere in his 60s” success story, he would write his first book and only memoir any differently now, Albom acknowledged he couldn’t.

“I immediately began composing “Tuesdays with Morrie” when “Morrie” passed away. Therefore, everything was still fresh in my memory, including the experience I had with him and who I was at the time “Added Albom on Tuesday.

“For better or worse, I would be a 60-something who had accomplished whatever he had set out to do with his life if I had waited until now to write and somehow went back and found these tapes and wrote them,” the author says.

Albom said to Fox News Digital, “And I think part of the appeal of “Tuesdays with Morrie” is that it’s the knowledge of an older man, but it’s the curiosity of a younger man. So, if I had waited the 25 years and then attempted to listen to the tapes and did it, I doubt that I could have written it with that type of innocence or navet.

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Albom claims that the lessons Morrie imparted to him as a young man have evolved into something more “three-dimensional” for him over time.

Not just because I went through it, but also because I am constantly reminded of it, Albom remarked, “I remember everything that Morrie said.” As I become older, the lessons become more meaningful to me because I now understand why he was saying what he was saying at the time.

“You know it’s hot when your mother says, “Don’t touch the oven.” Right? Do not touch the oven; it is hot, your mother is warning you. But after touching the oven and getting your finger burned, you gain a fresh perspective. Exactly what? Stay away from the oven. It’s warm.”

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