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Have a Little Faith: A True Story [Hardcover]

Mitch Albom
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Sept. 1 2009
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.

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"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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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.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith....proof of a pathway to our One God! Dec 4 2009
By VC
Format:Hardcover
Mitch Albom does it again!!! I've read all of Mitch's books and have garnered insight into my own faith as well as others. Mitch has shown that every human being has a story, many of which relate to faith, be it what it is. This book is a reflection of not only faith but trust, in our one God. It reinforces our belief that at the end of the day, if we surrender to God's will, all will be okay. In our daily lives, there are challenges to each and every one of us..this is the story of only two such people, whose lives will enrich yours, and allow you to believe, and trust, in our one God. If you are on 'a faith sabbitical' this book will lead you back...as it did Mitch. Having experience the loss of my husband quite suddenly in his 40's a year ago, I questioned my faith. I don't anymore.I find the blessings that he's left me....much the same as Mitch has found at the end of this book. Thanks for sharing the stories of these remarkable people Mitch. This book is a true blessing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Title: Have A Little Faith
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 249
Source: Personal Copy

'Have a Little Faith' was a heart-warming read. Mitch Albom writes an incredible story of an aging Rabi, and an African American pastor man who was addicted to drugs but managed to turn his life around. In the middle we have Mitch himself, learning, observing and growing. The book beginning with one question 'Will you do my Eulogy?' Mitch is concerned, confused and a little turned off from that morbid question. He believes that he is not the right man for the job, and why would his Rabi decide to ask him? Mitch does not decide right away to plan his eulogy, he agrees to meet with his Rabi for a few weeks and get to know him on a personal level. A few weeks, turned into a few years. Does he write the eulogy? Yes. Does this book turn out to be more about the Eulogy? Yes. Mitch recounts his own struggles with religion. He profiles his Rabi, and a convict turned pastor. Each has their own story and their own inspirational tales. One thing is clear in this story, it does not matter which religion you come from. Each should respect and love one another. One quote I loved was 'May your god, and our god bless you.'

I agree, I think there is comfort in religion. I felt that this book helped me with my own faith. Religions all have one thing in common: faith. Hope is what we need when our world is confusing. Faith supports and sustains many of us. While reading this book I was mesmerized. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this one, especially for someone who is struggling with their faith.

Here are some wonderful quotes from the book.

' It is far more comforting to think God listened and said No, than to think that nobody's out there.' P.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ideas we need to learn! July 25 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A book that puts life and death into a whole new perspective for me! I learned life lessons that were unique, and the fact that the Jewish Faith has a lot for us to learn, as do other Faiths. I have highly recommended it for my Brother in law, who Himself is a Minister, and struggling with Cancer. I feel this will help him in his battle. Thank-you Mitch for your writings! I have enjoyed each and every one of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15 2014
Format:Paperback
Another worthwhile read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Title for this book March 19 2014
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It is an excellent story line. The author is not only writing of experiences he has lived through over the years but takes the reader with bringing back memories of your past family life. It also shows how one can change from a very bad beginning to becoming a person who is respected and vs lied by his commhnu 6th. Definitely would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have A Little Faith: A True Story March 10 2014
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I purchased "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom, after receiving a recommendation to read this book.This was such an uplifting novel that I couldn't put down.Such an emotional rollercoaster.I felt so good after reading this novel."Have a little Faith" is a true story nonfiction book that can open your eyes and heart, and allow you to realize how precious life is.It is about believing in something and the two men who taught him how.

The novel centers around three people: Mitch, a Jewish man who inter married who no longer had time for religion, and Albert (Reb), a Jewish rabbi, and Henry, a pastor of "I am my Brother's Keeper Ministry", an intercity church. The Reb was Mitch's rabbi growing up. Both men play a very important part in Mitch's life.

Albert in the spring of 2000 was eighty two and had made a strange request of Mitch. "Will you do my eulogy?." Mitch had agreed to honor his request but wanted to get to know him better. And there starts the journey...

I am very proud to have had the honor of reading this book. Everybody should read this book...and they will never be the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of a man of faith. Feb. 24 2014
By Judith
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have so enjoyed this story. Reminders of things in life I forgot lessons learnt and re learnt. A man who makes me want to stand up and shout to the world, have hope, love one another, never let anything get in the way of your faith, but be gentle, kind, loving and allow others to have their faith As we are all of one family, the family of a God. Sing sing sing fill your heart with joy and be happy in this life. God is alive and miracles do happen. Life lessons to live by, this is a story you will be happy and touched that you read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Reading Mitch Albom!!
I enjoy reading Mitch Albom very much. He has a way of wanting you to read till it is done. This is an amazing story of faith, but not religious. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 2 CUPS A DAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put it down !!
I loved his previous books and this was great as well.
Down to earth and keeps you turning pages.
Particularly liked the conversations among/about different Faiths.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy E Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch Albom
Fantastic read. Now go read the other four books he has written. Starting with Tuesdays with Morrie ....amazon.ca should have them all ;)
Published 6 months ago by Pernille Bojin
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It was very moving and had an enormous effect on me. A wonderful and recommended read.
Published 9 months ago by Robert L Mirwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This is a great true story that reminds us that regardless of what faith we have, we're all important. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Torstang
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Little Faith!!!
An excellent book. It demonstrates how people of completely backgrounds can do such much good.It encourages us all to reach out to those less fortunate than ourselves and to live... Read more
Published 15 months ago by OSMOND46
4.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiring read.
Great inspiring read. Every nightstand should have a copy. Makes a great gift for just about anyone. Worth every penny.
Published 15 months ago by Heather Hofstetter
4.0 out of 5 stars You gave me Faith 5 Stars
Having just lost my mom this book helped my spirit greatly. My thanks to Mitch Albom.
Thank-you to a great author.
Published 16 months ago by Judy
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