Have A Little Faith

Have A Little Faith

A True Story

Book - 2009
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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, 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2009
ISBN: 9780786868728
Branch Call Number: 296 .7 ALB
Characteristics: viii, 254 p. :,ports. ;,19 cm

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AL_MARCIA Apr 07, 2017

I really enjoyed reading about the powerful faith of two men - a Jewish Rabbi and an African-American pastor.

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wyenotgo
Dec 25, 2015

This book is a combination of Mitch Albom's religious musings and a couple of interesting character studies, recounting his encounters with two individuals who clearly made a strong impression on him: the aging Rabbi who led Albom's congregation during his youth; and a black preacher who had previously for many years led a life of crime, addiction and degradation. Albom's high regard and affection for those two admirable individuals shines through, but this book is definitely not Albom's best. It has none of the magic that made "The Five People You Meet in heaven" and "For One More Day" so engaging. He appears to have tried to recapture the love that illuminated "Tuesdays with Morrie" but for me, the religious discussion got in the way.

JCLJoyceM Aug 03, 2015

Mitch Albom leads you through the faith journey of his rabbi and an inner-city preacher, intertwining their progress, and his. Another beautifully written book.

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gagasgirls
Jan 14, 2015

Very compelling story. It is great how he pulled th lives of two completely different people and found the parrallels and was able to wind it all together.

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katie_a
Jan 03, 2015

This is a wonderful story! For the topic it is still very uplifting and positive. But make sure you have some tissues ready as you get to the end.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This moving true story of a man's turmoil and self destruction is redeemed by the central character wanting no sympathy for his lot in life. He owns his many poor decisions and it is his recognition of the love his now departed mother held for him that ultimately helps him to love himself."

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alysalle
Jul 16, 2014

Very moving. It reminded me that it is okay to have questions about our faith!

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McCakes89
Oct 24, 2013

Wonderful book

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dollery
Sep 13, 2013

amazing and inspring true story.

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Piemanthe3rd
Jun 14, 2013

An amazing and powerful book. Very emotional

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