|About the Book|
“Bruce! Thank you so much for this work you are doing.”— Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi“A wonderful read. Compelling, juicy, deeply resonant. I hope the book finds its way into the world with a big splash. I believe readers will not only find... More“Bruce! Thank you so much for this work you are doing.”— Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi“A wonderful read. Compelling, juicy, deeply resonant. I hope the book finds its way into the world with a big splash. I believe readers will not only find Fortune a totally engaging read, but a helpful one.”— Philip Shepherd, author, New Self, New World, Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty First Century“An amazing, fascinating trip with a brave and energetic chronicler. Bruce’s descriptive powers and deep knowledge illuminate the mysterious layers of life.”— Amy Lighthill, FSAThe most important question in the universe is the one that nobody wants to ask: “Why does stuff happen?”Everyone has an idea about this – that things happen by chance, or that God is involved, or that you’re the one moving the plot forward. But having an idea about these matters, what Bruce Miller calls Fortune, is not the same as asking the question.After studying the mystery for decades, Bruce confronts the question head-on when his business and his wife both collapse within the hour on New Year’s Eve.His wife, Karen, faces Stage 4 lung cancer and a metastatic brain tumor, while Bruce suddenly finds himself without means at an unemployable age. Thrust into a world of doctors, healers, and wheeler dealers, Bruce and his wife struggle to reboot their lives and upgrade their Fortunes to version 2.0.Bruce explores the mystery of Fortune through a mosaic of personal interviews, ancient esoteric knowledge, love stories, brand strategy, and the minute-by-minute crisis management of his desperate situation. In the process, he discovers:What are the forces that bring lovers together, apart, and back together in a marriage?How does the structure of the musical octave govern failure and success?How does a shock from the outside, like an unexpected guest, make transformation possible?How can we leverage risk and uncertainty to bring about change?Is synchronicity serendipitous disconnected events or evidence of a synchronous universe?What is the source of Fortune: Random chance, personal effort, or divine destiny?What does it mean to do? Are we in command of our efforts, or is life simply happening?How is the self formed from mental impressions?How do we become free from karma - free from our past?Is it possible to completely heal - supported by a buoyant attitude - from stage four metastatic cancer?What can we learn from the mysterious events that brought Rumis work to America, 1200 years after his death?Part metaphysical inquiry, personal memoir, and intimate love story, Fortune explores the mysteries of love and loss, despair and healing, tragedy and triumph – all with a healthy dose of Bruce’s native Chicago irony and mystical humor.