Author(s): Mitch AlbomDownload
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, Have a Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an eighty-two-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.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. Ten percent of the profits from this book will go to charity, including The Hole In The Roof Foundation, which helps refurbish places of worship that aid the homeless.
Some Reviews: 4796 in Goodreads.com
“In the beginning, there was a question.
“In the end, the question gets answered.” – Mitch Albom
I just finished reading Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom. I’m not sure why I picked up this novel to read. Perhaps I was bored and needed something to do, perhaps I was looking for something to feel a void; or perhaps, just perhaps, I needed a little bit of faith.
Have a Little Faith is an amazing story about a Rabbi, a Christian Minister, and a man with very little faith. This book will take you through an incredible journey with a beautiful message in the end . I felt inspired after reading this book. Sometimes in life I forget to look up and thank the man upstairs. I forget to thank him for another day, another blessing, another lesson learned.
I highly recommend this book to anyone from any religion. Funny, I’m a Black-American woman is engaged to a Jewish man. I often wondered how our two different religions could mix. This book taught me a little something- regardless of religion, “faith is employed similarly.” No matter our beliefs and religion, our faith is tied to the same God. This book will help you to find comfort in believing in something bigger than yourself.
Keep the Faith my friends, and go purchase this book!
The thing about Mitch is that he is ever so much too syrupy, almost but not quite dripping from the page.
Not overly melodramatic, or too nostalgic or sentimental, not even really distasteful, I like his writing, but just a little too much. Like a glass of sweet tea that is just too full of sugar, needs a good squirt of lemon to knock it down a bit.
Having said that, I like Albom and his writing. I like that he’s a baseball fan. He’s worldly, observant and funny – he’s a sportswriter after all, like James Wood without the edge.
I liked this better than The Five People You Meet in Heaven. This was real, approachable and thoughtful. I thought of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and several people I know from my little bit of mission work. It’s a good book.
Several years after Mitch Albom spent his Tuesdays with the famous Morrie, he began spending time with Albert Lewis. Albert was his childhood rabbi, and sometime after Albom stopped going to temple, Albert surprised him with a request that Albert’s eulogy be delivered by Albom. Albom didn’t feel qualified but obligingly accepted the challenge, provided they became better acquainted. The eight years they spent visiting and talking, along with each of their separate histories, are recounted.
Their time together seemed both precious and profound. Albom asked the wise old rabbi about his life, his marriage and family, and of course his faith. The questions about other religions, their diversities and similarities, and the rabbi’s answers brought me some understanding about those things myself. While a short read, it is still pretty deep if you’re in the mood to get philosophical or reflective. There was a side story about a ghetto pastor in Detroit too, which was also thought provoking.
The eulogy at the end was a bit anticlimactic. I had planned on needing some Kleenex for it, but because I did not, 1/2 point deducted. 3.5 stars.
If I could give this book ten stars, I would.
Interestingly, this book has sat on my book shelf for a few years. It has survived at least two moves and remained on my shelf.
A few days ago, I decided it’s this book’s turn to be read.
How do I find the words? As a caretaker for a Stage IV cancer patient, this book landed in my hands at a most opportune time. We are in the process of dealing with funeral arrangements. For anyone going through any sort of a rough time, please read this book. It is exceedingly well written, thought provoking and you will close the book feeling like there’s hope, that you will manage just fine and dandy.
I thank the author kindly for having written and published this book. By the by, any and all books written by this author are safe bets every time. When I see a book written by Mr. Albom, I’m taking it home, no matter what.
One word – Amazing!
I’m really glad I chose to get the book. It was a very insightful and thought provoking read for me. Many parts of the book moved me to tears, and I loved the sermons. I could relate them with everyday life! I don’t believe in any religion, so I started reading with a little trepidation, afraid it would start talking about converting etc. But boy was I wrong! This book is about faith, not just any specific religion.. but believing in something bigger than yourself. It’ll make you rethink about your acts in the future, decisions.. and what life is really all about.
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