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The Secrets of Happy Families

Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

The Secrets of Happy Families book coverBest-selling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between aging parents and rising children. He set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest ideas, cutting-edge research, and novel solutions to make his family happier. READ MORE

The Council of Dads

A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live

The Council of Dads book coverWhen bestselling author Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his leg, he could only imagine all the walks he might not take with his daughters, the ballet recitals he would miss, the art projects left undone, and the aisles he might not walk down. READ MORE

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Five years ago, PBS asked me if I wanted to make a show on pilgrimage. I said I was interested in something you hear a lot, “I’m not religious; I’m spiritual. I’m on a journey.” Last year I went on six pilgrimages in 12 months–bathing with 100 million people in the Ganges, walking the Jesus Trail in the Galilee, trekking on a 700-mile Buddhist trail in Japan. The experience was life-changing and life-affirming, and the footage is mind-blowing. The series kicks off with 40 American wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan bathing in the sacred waters of Lourdes, something never seen on TV before. The six, hour-long films premiere in December and are available for streaming on I hope you are moved as much as we were traveling with American pilgrims to some of the most historic places in the world. I know the experience will trigger some meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

Where God Was Born

A Daring Adventure Through the Bible’s Greatest Stories

Where God Was Born Book CoverThe acclaimed bestselling author of Abraham and Walking the Bible takes readers on a heart-racing adventure to the frontlines of Israel, Iraq, and Iran and discovers an unexpected source of hope.

“The collision of politics, geography, and faith has dominated nearly every story in the Middle East since the birth of writing. It also dominates the greatest story ever told Nowhere is the struggle between faith and violence described more vividly, and with more stomach-turning details of ruthlessness, than in the Hebrew Bible.

“Yet nowhere is it described with more humanity and hope.”-Bruce Feiler

At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, National Public Radio commentator and PBS presenter Bruce Feiler travels 10,000 miles through the Middle East-Israel, Iraq, and Iran-and examines the question, “Is religion just a source of conflict or can it be a source of peace?” Part wartime chronicle, part archaeological detective story, part personal spiritual exploration, Where God Was Born takes readers to biblical sites not seen by Westerners for decades and uncovers little known details about the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

In his intimate, accessible style, Feiler invites readers on a never-in-a-lifetime experience, retracing the Bible through the bloodiest places on the planet, from the Garden of Eden in war-torn Iraq to the rivers of Babylon just south of Baghdad; from David’s conquest of Jerusalem to Queen Esther’s face-off with the King of Persia. At each site, Feiler discusses the Bible with local characters, from archaeologists to army chaplains, and draws lessons for fostering reconciliation in our time.

Beginning with a daring helicopter ride over the West Bank and climaxing with a hair-raising airlift into Baghdad, Bruce Feiler redefines some of the greatest stories ever told, including Joshua’s conquest of the Promised Land, David’s showdown with Goliath, and Jonah finding God in the whale. Where God Was Born is a powerful, inspiring story, sure to make headlines, that offers a rare, universal vision of God that can unite members of different faiths into a shared allegiance of hope.