Have a Little Faith: A True Story of a Last Request  -     By: Mitch Albom
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Have a Little Faith: A True Story of a Last Request

Hyperion / 2009 / Hardcover

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It started with a question, "Will you do my eulogy?" The question came from Albert Lewis, friend and rabbi to Mitch Albom. Based on the lives of his two spiritual mentors, Reb Lewis and Reverend Henry Covington, Have a Little Faith explores what faith, life, and relationships may be all about. Filled with humor, wit and inspiring stories Albom weaves a story of hope and friendship you won't soon forget.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Hyperion
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0786868724
ISBN-13: 9780786868728
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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.

Author Bio

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. For One More Day, his second novel, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

Publisher's Weekly

“It is... the most important thing I’ve ever written,” opens Albom’s (Tuesdays with Morrie) latest nonfiction book. It isn’t difficult to understand why. Using his characteristically succinct style, Albom’s prose offers readers an elegantly simple perspective on faith, tolerance, service and love while maintaining the complex reality of his characters’ true life stories. The book follows the spiritual journeys of three men—a suburban rabbi, an inner-city pastor and the author himself—which Albom gradually assembles over the eight years he spends getting to know a man—the rabbi—whose eulogy he will one day deliver; over the course of this developing relationship, Albom also meets an inner-city pastor, another relationship that grows in importance for Albom. Weaving these narratives together could, with a less talented writer, muddle into incoherence. Albom’s expertise in piecing together a web of snapshot stories, however, reveals levels of meaning that could not be adequately told in any other way. He avoids repetitious overemphasis—the bane of much inspirational literature—and allows meaning, whether his own or the reader’s, to emerge with a quiet, confident grace. Albom’s latest is a masterpiece of hope and a moving testament of interfaith understanding. (Sept.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Clear some space on your bookshelf for Mitch Albom's, Have a Little Faith, the story of a faith journey that could become a classic. Those who were born into faith, have lost faith, or are still searching will all be engaged and challenged by this powerful story of "finding faith" in relationships with others and with something greater than ourselves. Never satisfied with easy answers or soft platitudes, Mitch explores some of life's greatest mysteries and unanswered questions with great honesty, depth and self reflection."—Jim Wallis, CEO and Founder of Sojourners and author of The Great Awakening

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  1. Lynda L
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    December 15, 2011
    Lynda L
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
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    This review was written for Have a Little Faith.
    Easy read about two very different but equally spiritual men: a rabbi and a charismatic preacher/social worker. Both men were influential in their own way and yet they were so diverse in their backgrounds. The comparisons are compelling. Yes, I would recommend the book, but not to all my friends.
  2. Carolyn Miller
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    December 24, 2010
    Carolyn Miller
    Quality: 5
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    This book was recommended to me by an author friend and I read it in one or two days (even with my busy, holiday schedule). My husband then did the same. I loved the style and stories. I was inspired and uplifted. I would highly recommend "Have a Little Faith" to any and all.

    Carly Miller
  3. Robert Chalmers
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 25, 2010
    Robert Chalmers
    I hadn't heard of Mitch Albom but my daughter from Seattle sent this book to me for Fathers Day 2010. Said she thought I would like it. Boy did I ever! Only had to pick this up twice. This one will go in the church library for everyone to read.
  4. Merlin Parkhurst
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 7, 2010
    Merlin Parkhurst
    God is bigger than ANY box we can put Him in..that's the major learning I received from reading this book...
  5. Margaret Nunemaker
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    November 4, 2009
    Margaret Nunemaker
    I have been a fan of Mitch's writing for years in the Detroit Free Press. I read Tuesday and Five People, and was delighted with them. This book however, seemed to touch me in a different way. It answered some of my questions in regard to Judisim, plus his interaction with the pastor in Detroit made me question the depth of my committment to do God's will. I would recommed this book without question to anyone who wants a good book to read. I also like to caution those who pick it up, be prepared not to lay it down until you finish reading.
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