Perry is the co-author of several
New York Times bestsellers, including the Closer to the Light series and
Saved by the Light, which was made into a popular movie by Fox. His work
has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Ladies Home Journal,
Outside Magazine, Reader's Digest, and several other popular periodicals.
His books have been published in more than 30 languages around the world.
Continuing with his interest in near-death studies,
Paul became acquainted with Dr. Melvin Morse, a Seattle pediatrician who
was researching the effects of near-death experiences on children. The two
wrote four books together, two of which became New York Times bestsellers
(Closer to the Light and Transformed by the Light). Their most recent
book, Where God Lives, won the 2002 Aleph Award for the best spiritual
book published that year in France.
In the midst of a voyage to Egypt in the 1990s, Paul became intrigued with
the notion that Jesus had traveled extensively in the land of the
pyramids, yet there was nothing written in the Bible about what he did
there. This mysterious gap in the biography of the world's most
influential man nagged at Paul until he finally assembled enough
information to put together a map of the Holy Family's secret voyage.
Paul began following the trail of Jesus in Egypt shortly after the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Although
there was concern for his safety among his friends and family, Paul saw
this tense time in history as the perfect time to explore the meaning of
religion in a land where the three main faiths co-exist in part out of a
mutual respect for Jesus and his presence in Egypt.
Paul's latest book, "Jesus in Egypt:
Discovering the Secrets of Christ's Childhood Years."
What's being said about "Jesus in Egypt"?
"Perry's portrayals of (those) he meets on his
journey, his retelling of stories about miracles attributed to the baby
and his amusing style combine to make a delightful read, even for
"This beautifully written book is a wonderful example of West meets East.
It is an account of our ancient tradition through Western eyes, a mix of
Western inquiry and Middle Eastern faith and tradition."
Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Shubra al-Kheima, Cairo, Egypt, Moderator of the
Orthodox Holy Family Committee in preparation for the celebrations of the
"Like novelists such as Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, Perry now
works along the wide road between religious orthodoxy and lore-based
fiction. Such blends seem likely to spread as Christians and Muslims,
develop new cross/crescent interactions rather than the current mix of
mutual ignorance and terrorism."
Lectures & Seminars:
Atlanta LifeArts Expo April 2-4, 2004