Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom

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.

My review

This is a book we need right now. I originally picked the book up as I had hoped to increase my faith. Personally, I have questioned my faith since I lost my mum last year. I want to have a faith so strong that I do not question it. I want a faith that is unwavering. Do I have it after reading this book? No. Did I gain a lot from Mitch Albom’s book? Yes.

Mitch was asked to write the eulogy of his rabbi. His rabbi requests this. This is a story of a man who finds himself, learns about life and what is most important. He discovers the power of faith. Mitch and his rabbi get to know oneanother. Mitch takes time to truly understand who Albert Lewis ‘Reb’ is, as a person, a father and a man of faith. He also meets Henry Covington, a man of faith who has in the past conquered his demons and lives his life to help others.

Mitch Albom is an author who I have loved for so long, especially his book Tuesdays with Morrie. His writing is beautiful, honest and inspirational. To read Henry and Albert’s story and learn about them is inspiring. I cried as I read this book. It spoke to me at the time. I sat with tears in my eyes in a coffee shop as I read this book I had just purchased. It was a lovely, which I took to myself and read whilst drinking some tea. There are many quotes I particularly loved. One beautiful quote about love relates to true love ‘That kind of love – the kind you realise you already have by the life you’ve created together – that’s the kind that lasts.’

Mitch Albom comments on his discoveries and states he is ‘in love with hope’. We need this now. In the world we live in, hope is what we need right now. By reading this novel my faith increased and so did my hope. My hope that there is a heaven, my hope that my mum is with me always and my hope that our people will be ok. The world is suffering. This is a book I highly recommend. I hope it provides comfort as it did for me.

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