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168. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom...

September 26, 2009
have a little faithAbout the book:
What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together?

In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight year journey between two worlds – two men, two faiths, two communities – that will inspire readers everywhere.

Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie was published twelve years ago, Have A Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an 82-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy.

Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he’d left years ago. Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor – a reformed drug dealer and convict – who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.

Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Mitch observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi, embracing it as death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat.

As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Mitch and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers and histories are different, Albom begins to realize a striking unity between the two worlds - and indeed, between beliefs everywhere.

In the end, as the rabbi nears death and a harsh winter threatens the pastor’s wobbly church, Albom sadly fulfills the last request and writes the eulogy. And he finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself.

Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.

drey's thoughts:
I think I'm one of the only people on Earth who didn't read Tuesdays with Morrie. Seriously, what was I thinking? Anyway. Have a Little Faith was a lucky draw for me from LibraryThing. It sat in the car for a bit--I was reading it in spurts, while waiting in the pickup line every day. It's perfect for that, by the way--each chapter is pretty short, and gives you little nuggets to think about.

My favorite nugget? Where Mitch and the Reb solve that age old question--what's the secret of happiness? =)

Have a Little Faith will be out September 29th. Pick it up for a little lift.

Title: Have a Little Faith
Author: Mitch Albom
ISBN-10: 0786868724
ISBN-13: 9780786868728
ARC: 249 pages
Publisher: Hyperion, 2009

Challenges: 100+, Pub


Nicole said...

I was thinking about reading this and now definitely will. I read 'The Five People you Meet in Heaven' by Albom and loved it. I think I'd really enjoy this book too. Thanks for the review.

Jess. said...

This book normally isn't my thing, but from your review I might have to try it out. I've always wondered what the secret of happiness is.

dor said...

No, kidding. Now, I need to get it. Thanks for the review. Is it okay to leave a link here for a super cool giveaway for a double stroller? If so, thanks:

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drey said...

Nicole ~ I forgot he wrote that one. I'll have to check that out. Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up read, y'know? =)

ANovelMenagerie said...

I have not read Tuesdays with Maury. But, I have read two of his other books (five people...).

This one sounds good!

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