Monday, December 28, 2009

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

*Book #19! :-)

Here's what I thought: If you read Tuesday's with Morrie, then you will like this book too. This was a short read and a "feel good" read for me. I do not dog-ear pages in books (must be that librarian in me - ha), but I did in this book. There were a few times when I stopped reading for a minute to let the words sink in. It was a definite change of pace from my normal mystery, edge of your seat kind of reads. But it was nice to read about real people and their journey. Have a Little Faith, to me, seemed to break down religon and show what we all have in, love and hope.

This is from the book jacket if you are interested: 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 embacing itas 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 preplex 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 recognizes a striking unity between the two worlds - and indeed, between beliefs everywhere.
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.

1 comment:

Becca B. said...

I'd like to borrow that book!