Albom's first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, 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, Albom 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, Albom 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 recognize 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 rabbi's 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.
©2009 Mitch Albom, Inc.; (P)2009 Hyperion
Originally I had to read this book for a college class but it was so moving. I felt like I was a part of the church watching the story of Mitch, the Reb, Henry, and Cass. I don't read much but this book was such a year jerker. Whether you're religious or not you will enjoy this book if you're looking for a heartwarming story.
Another great book from Mitch Albom. He really gets you involved with the stories and I feel like I know these people. Thanks for writing and reading the book, it really gave the flavor of the people to it. Thanks for sharing those eight years with us.
A beautiful story about faith and the God of all of us. I found it very touching and am thankful that I got to know Mitch's Rabbi.
I would. I bought this as one of the buy one get one book deals not really expecting much out of it, and I was pleasantly surprised and moved by much of the story and the heart of the people in the story. It also helped me to increase my faith as well as have a lot more grace for those who follow different faiths.
I don't know, this isn't like a book I would ordinarily purchase.
Amazing Grace from broken people.
I loved the Rabbi and the background story about Mitch. The second story was a contrast and gave more interest. I want to know more of that congregation in Detroit
I like that Mitch wrote himself in the story. I like his reference to Tuesday with Morrie.
Yes but this was my first Then I got Tuesday with Morrie. I listen to either of them over and over I never get tired of these two books
Are their anymore true stories by Mitch Albom> I love his voice too
It was a great read during the holiday season. Mitch presents a story of faith from a couple of different perspectives...the Jewish rabbi and the Pastor of a struggling church in Detroit. Good story with lessons of life woven through.
"Have a Little Faith" is two inspiring, true stories – one about a rabbi who spends his whole life at one synagogue in New Jersey and the other about a Christian pastor in the poorest part of Detroit who is a reformed NYC drug user and dealer. Central messages include: God is bigger than any single religion; mercy, compassion, and acts of love are universal ways to worship God; addictions are especially difficult to overcome and can cause tremendous damage to one’s life; sing more when talking to people; value positive legacies; be optimistic – have a little faith.
Favorites quotes from the book (possibly paraphrased):
“Everyone is a person of God.”
“You are not your past.”
“Picture the holiest person you know…and now picture them wearing ragged clothes hiding behind some trash cans holding a shotgun and begging God not to send them to Hell.”
I love Mitch's work. Another quick read that is a must when trying to understand not only your faith, but the faith of others. So many of us think our way is the only way and Mitch eloquently poses a thoughtful approach in which to co-exist with one another.
If I could have given this book 6 stars, instead of 5, I would have. Hearing Mr. Albom speak the Reb's words as the Reb would have spoken them himself, made the listen all that more enjoyable. This book will make you laugh. This book will make you cry. Well done, Mr. Albom.
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