Have a Little Faith: A True Story [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Albom delivers a command audio performance. He brings his two clergymen-protagonists-an elderly rabbi from Albom's home synagogue and an African-American pastor leading a ministry to Detroit's homeless population-to vivid life and conveys their messages of faith with sensitivity and respect. The audio's most memorable moments feature the humility-and eccentricity-of the two spiritual leaders who, despite their deep religious commitment, refuse to be placed on a pedestal. From the ail-ing Jewish leader breaking out into whimsical songs in the middle of his grueling medical treatments and his Christian counterpart savoring the joys of barbecuing, Albom's characterizations brim with humor and compassion. A Hyperion hardcover.
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Sydney Morning Herald

"The nonfiction equivalent to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist."

People

"Everybody should read it."
--Hoda Kotb in PeopleBest Book of 2009

Jim Wallis
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401304089
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 13,205
  • File size: 524 KB

Meet the Author

Mitch  Albom
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.

Biography

You might call Mitch Albom a jock-of-all-trades. Before becoming one of America's most beloved sport commentators and columnists, Albom was an amateur boxer, a nightclub singer and pianist, and a stand-up comedian. He is a nationally syndicated fixture of radio and print, and has been featured as an analyst on ESPN. He has covered college football and college basketball in two successful nonfiction books, and the best of his articles have been collected in a series of anthologies called Live Albom. However, what catapulted Albom into the literary limelight was the mega-selling 1997 memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, his first book to sidestep sports altogether..

Tuesdays... is a moving account of Albom's reconnection with his old Brandeis professor and college mentor, Morrie Schwartz. After learning Schwartz had been stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, Albom sought him out in Boston, and throughout a long, harrowing year, they spent every Tuesday together. As he faced his inevitable death, Schwartz shared a lifetime of memories, regrets, fears, and philosophical insights with his former student. A story that could easily have toppled into maudlin sentimentality, the memoir succeeded in large part because of Albom's skillful writing. Published in 30 languages in 34 countries, the book remains an international bestseller.

In 2003, Albom forayed into fiction with The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the emotionally resonant story of an old man who dies, convinced his life has had no meaning -- only to discover that nothing could be further from the truth. It, too, scored a huge success for the author – as did his followup novel, For One Day More.

Good To Know

The Oprah Winfrey-produced version of Tuesdays with Morrie, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria, won 4 Emmy Awards and was the most-watched TV movie of 1999.

Before Albom was a household name, he was known on the comedy circuit as the warm-up act for Gabe "Welcome Back Kotter" Kaplan.

Albom is an enthusiastic philanthropist, having founded two charitable programs, the Dream Fund and A Time to Help.

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    1. Hometown:
      Franklin, Michigan
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Passaic, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Brandeis University, 1979; M.J., Columbia University, 1981; M.B.A., Columbia University, 1982

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Author's Note

This story spans eight years. It was made possible by the cooperation of two unique men, Albert Lewis and Henry Covington-who shared their histories in great detail-as well as their families, children, and grandchildren, to whom the author expresses his eternal gratitude. All encounters and conversations are true events, although for purposes of the narrative, the time line has, on a few occasions, been squeezed, so that, for example, a discussion held in October of one year may be presented in November of the next.

Also, while this is a book about faith, the author can make no claim to being a religion expert, nor is this a how-to guide for any particular belief. Rather, it is written in hope that all faiths can find something universal in the story.

The cover was inspired by Albert Lewis's old prayer book, held together by rubber bands.
Per the tradition of tithing, one-tenth of the author's profits on every book sold will be donated to charity, including the church, synagogue, and homeless shelters in this story.

The author wishes to thank the readers of his previous books, and welcome new readers with much appreciation.

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In the Beginning...
In the beginning, there was a question.
"Will you do my eulogy?"
I don't understand, I said.
"My eulogy?" the old man asked again. "When I'm gone." His eyes blinked from behind his glasses. His neatly trimmed beard was gray, and he stood slightly stooped.
Are you dying? I asked.
"Not yet," he said, grinning.
Then why-
"Because I think you would be a good choice. And I think, when the time comes, you will know what to say."
Picture the most pious man you know.Your priest. Your pastor. Your rabbi. Your imam. Now picture him tapping you on the shoulder and asking you to say good-bye to the world on his behalf.
Picture the man who sends people off to heaven, asking you for his send-off to heaven.
"So?" he said. "Would you be comfortable with that?"

In the beginning, there was another question.
"Will you save me, Jesus?"
This man was holding a shotgun. He hid behind trash cans in front of a Brooklyn row house. It was late at night. His wife and baby daughter were crying. He watched for cars coming down his block, certain the next set of headlights would be his killers.
"Will you save me, Jesus?" he asked, trembling. "If I promise to give myself to you, will you save me tonight?"
Picture the most pious man you know. Your priest. Your pastor. Your rabbi. Your imam. Now picture him in dirty clothes, a shotgun in his hand, begging for salvation from behind a set of trash cans.
Picture the man who sends people off to heaven, begging not to be sent to hell.
"Please, Lord," he whispered. "If I promise?.?.?."

This is a story about believing in something and the two very different men who taught me how. It took a long time to write. It took me to churches and synagogues, to the suburbs and the city, to the "us" versus "them" that divides faith around the world.
And finally, it took me home, to a sanctuary filled with people, to a casket made of pine, to a pulpit that was empty.
In the beginning, there was a question.
It became a last request.
"Will you do my eulogy?"
And, as is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor, when in fact I was being given one.
A few weeks earlier, Albert Lewis, then eighty-two years old, had made that strange request of me, in a hallway after a speech I had given.
"Will you do my eulogy?"
It stopped me in my tracks. I had never been asked this before. Not by anyone-let alone a religious leader. There were people mingling all around, but he kept smiling as if it were the most normal question in the world, until I blurted out something about needing time to think about it.
After a few days, I called him up.
Okay, I said, I would honor his request. I would speak at his funeral-but only if he let me get to know him as a man, so I could speak of him as such. I figured this would require a few in-person meetings.
"Agreed," he said.
I turned down his street.
***
Meet the Reb
To that point, all I really knew of Albert Lewis was what an audience member knows of a performer: his delivery, his stage presence, the way he held the congregation rapt with his commanding voice and flailing arms. Sure, we had once been closer. He had taught me as a child, and he'd officiated at family functions-my sister's wedding, my grandmother's funeral. But I hadn't really been around him in twenty-five years. Besides, how much do you know about your religious minister? You listen to him. You respect him. But as a man? Mine was as distant as a king. I had never eaten at his home. I had never gone out with him socially. If he had human flaws, I didn't see them. Personal habits? I knew of none.
Well, that's not true. I knew of one. I knew he liked to sing. Everyone in our congregation knew this. During sermons, any sentence could become an aria. During conversation, he might belt out the nouns or the verbs. He was like his own little Broadway show.
In his later years, if you asked how he was doing, his eyes would crinkle and he'd raise a conductor's finger and croon:
"The old gray rabbi,
ain't what he used to be,
ain't what he used to be?.?.?."
I pushed on the brakes. What was I doing? I was the wrong man for this job. I was no longer religious. I didn't live in this state. He was the one who spoke at funerals, not me. Who does a eulogy for the man who does eulogies? I wanted to spin the wheel around, make up some excuse.
Man likes to run from God.
But I was headed in the other direction.
****
Life of Henry
About the time that, religiously, I was becoming "a man," Henry was becoming a criminal.
He began with stolen cars. He played lookout while his older brother jimmied the locks. He moved on to purse snatching, then shoplifting, particularly grocery stores; stealing pork chop trays and sausages, hiding them in his oversized pants and shirts.
School was a lost cause. When others his age were going to football games and proms, Henry was committing armed robbery. Young, old, white, black, didn't matter. He waved a gun and demanded their cash, their wallets, their jewels.
The years passed. Over time, he made enemies on the streets. In the fall of 1976, a neighborhood rival tried to set him up in a murder investigation. The guy told the cops Henry was the killer. Later, he said it was someone else.
Still, when those cops came to question him, Henry, now nineteen years old with a sixth-grade education, figured he could turn the tables on his rival and collect a five-thousand-dollar reward in the process.
So instead of saying "I have no idea" or "I was nowhere near there," he made up lies about who was where, who did what. He made up one lie after another. He put himself at the scene, but not as a participant. He thought he was being smart.
He couldn't have been dumber. He wound up lying his way into an arrest-along with another guy-on a manslaughter charge. The other guy went to trial, was convicted, and got sent away for twenty-five years. Henry's lawyer quickly recommended a plea deal. Seven years. Take it.
Henry was devastated. Seven years? For a crime he didn't commit?
"What should I do?" he asked his mother.
"Seven is less than twenty-five," she said.
He fought back tears. He took the deal in a courtroom. He was led away in handcuffs.
On the bus ride to prison, Henry cursed the fact that he was being punished unfairly. He didn't do the math on the times he could have been jailed and wasn't. He was angry and bitter. And he swore that life would owe him once he got out.
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Table of Contents

In the Beginning… 1

Spring

The Great Tradition of Running Away 6

Meet the Reb 9

A Little History 11

Life of Henry 15

The File on God 17

The House of Peace 25

The Daily Grind of Faith 34

Ritual 42

The End of Spring 46

Summer

The Things We Lose… 55

Community 62

A Little More History 67

The Greatest Question of All 77

Why War? 86

Happiness 96

The End of Summer 103

Autumn

Church 107

What Is Rich? 112

Church 118

Old 123

Church 132

A Good Marriage 141

Your Faith, My Faith 156

The Things We Find… 164

Thanksgiving 168

The End of Autumn 177

Winter

Winter Solstice 189

Good and Evil 194

Life of Cass 200

Saying Sorry 209

The Moment of Truth 215

Heaven 223

Church 228

Goodbye 232

The Eulogy 235

…The Things We Leave Behind 243

Epilogue 248

Acknowledgments 253

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    It'll give you faith!

    HAVE A LITTLE FAITH is REALLY a good read. Beyond the story and the characters (which in true Albom style, jump off of the page and into your heart), the message is deep. It's a book that will stay with you for quite awhile. I highlighted parts and dog-eared pages. In a nutshell, Albom profiles two people: a rabbi who he has been asked to write a eulogy for, and an inner-city convict turned pastor. Two very different worlds, two very different religions, but one strongly shared similarity: faith. The change we see in one of the main characters in the book is something that we rarely see in this world. We only hear about the bad things in the media, but there are people that change their life everyday and this book is a testament to that change. Another book I read last week that I really think you should check out because it's a great fit for Albom fans: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0. That book has done wonderful things for me personally.

    57 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    HIS BEST!

    This is a great book, his best yet. A friend read then lent me an advanced copy. Couldn't put it down. It's amazing to read his wonderful touch on this subject.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    did not like

    I have loved all of Mitch Albom's books. This one dragged and dragged. I had to force myself to finish it. Kept waiting for the interesting part

    11 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Reviewing subject matter is unfair

    This book promotes faith. I believe that is a positive but regardless, I do not feel the first review is appropriate as it appears to be a matter of not liking the subject,"having faith." There is no review of the book itself but only a personal opinion on faith. I hope the author will redo their review based on the writing of the book and leave out their own personal issues as that is not what this forum is about.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Have A Little Faith

    I bought this book as soon as I saw it on the bookstands, as I always do with Mitch Albom books. The book print is easy to read, the book is a good length to read in a couple days, and as usual, I felt a sense of inspiration when I finished reading it. Frequently, Mitch's story lines take death, near death, or dying situations and reflect upon the important parts of living. I see myself in many of his characters, and I laugh, cry, and have a hard time putting the book down. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors and he never disappoints me. He writes with an honesty and sensitivity that grips your heart and changes your life.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    Another great story

    This book was another great story. I enjoyed the way it was told through two merging stories. I was especially inspired by the secondary story of the man who fell into religion and served the poor. A great read to remind you of what really matters in life and the importance of traditions.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Another great book by Mitch Albom

    I love this author - his stories are true and very touching. Similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, this is a story about his visits and learning from a man approaching the end of his life. I have also purchased it on CD for my husband, who is blind, for a Christmas gift. Can't wait for him to hear it.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    Right time, right book

    Nice hit out of the park. I like to call this a bedside book, because it is a great read when you are able to escape distractions and witness, through Mitch Albom, the phenomenal relationship between the rabbi and pastor. You know how to help the reader step in and be a part of their journey. Thank you! Amy Nymark

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    CONFIRMS MY BELIEF, as did THE SHACK!

    I also own Mitch Albon's, THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN. GOOD TIMING!! This, as THE SHACK, confirms my belief that faith, no matter the denomination is the key! I also recommend THE SHACK and a new discovery of mine, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Linda Pirrung....A lot of food for thought!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    I've Got Faith!

    I had the opportunity recently to receive an advanced copy of Mitch's Albom's forthcoming book, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH.  I've been a fan of his books since TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and have been anticipating this - his first non-fiction book - since MORRIE'S release. 

    In a nutshell, Mitch profiles two people:  a rabbi who he has been asked to write a eulogy for, and an inner-city convict turned pastor.  Two very different worlds, two very different religions, but one strongly shared similarity :  FAITH. 

    This book REALLY made me think about my OWN spirituality and what faith means to me these days.  I was raised Serbian Eastern Orthodox.  I went to church every Sunday as a child, but because the services were in Serbian, I never really "got" anything out of church.  You know?  I went because my parents made me go.  I believed in God and Jesus and all of the things that surrounded Christianity.  But I didn't UNDERSTAND what faith and spirituality really meant.  Until I moved to Los Angeles and started attending a non-denominational church out here called Agape.  You might have seen Rev. Michael Beckwith on Oprah as a part of the DVD, THE SECRET.  He's the founder of the church.  For the first time in my life, I FELT church.  You know?  I felt what faith meant and - after 40-some years - really felt a presence of a God in my life.

    That's what this book does.  It really opens your mind to the bigger picture of faith.  The question Albom asks is:  "what if faith wasn't what divided us, but what brought us together?"  In a world where SOOO many wars are started in the name of religion and holier-than-thou attitudes prevail amongst so many different groups, it seems like all of our problems would be solved if only we could just say, "Hey, I have faith, you have faith...however we get there doesn't matter.  What matters is that we both BELIEVE."  Doing good for others is sometimes the greatest way to experience pure joy.  If we all gave a little more of ourselves unselfishly, I do believe that peace would prevail.

    This book is REALLY a good read.  Beyond the story and the characters (which in true Albom style, are perfectly painted), the message is really deep.  It's a book that will stay with you for quite awhile.  You'll want to highlight parts and dog-ear pages like I did. It's found a home next to my other perennial favorites like THE FOUR AGREEMENTS, THE ART OF HAPPINESS and THE GAME OF LIFE.  It's very, very good.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Mitch finds solid ground, and great writing, diving into his own head and heart

    Mitch Albom takes knocks from critics of various types. Sports nuts think he's too fancy, fancy folks think he's too rooted in sports mythology to be relevant.

    But he's built a giant fan base, and gathered a lot of dedicated readers, because he's able to find the heart of a story. Now honestly, sometimes in sports the heart of a story is pretty straightforward (and can be seen in the comical repetition of "We just tried to put the ball in play and we're glad to get the win") but here Mitch finds bedrock.

    The key is probably that he's not only writing about his home turf - his home town in New Jersey and his adopted town of Detroit - but that he's writing autobiographically. What could be more heartfelt than personal, long, and sometimes painful experience? The result is a tour of Mitch's own spiritual journey as seen through the lens of his relationship with two very special men.

    There's a military concept called Divide and Conquer. The idea is to break an opposing force up into smaller forces, then defeat each in detail. Writing mostly about the present day, Mitch shows how religions can keep us apart, keep us from working together, even scare us away from what has to be done. Talking about Detroit, Mitch shows that finding ways to be together instead of broken into ever-smaller forces is what keeps loneliness, heartbreak, and the "second death" of being forgotten at bay.

    It's in the service of this spirit of coming together, and staying together, that this book resonates. It not only brought me to tears, it had me up early the morning after I finished it, making a list of actions I would take to make the best of Mitch's lessons.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    great

    I loved this book. It was great, a story that won't be easily forgotten

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Have a little faith = #1 Hit

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book, and all I can say is OUTSTANDING! As in Mitch's 3 previous geat works, there are so many life lessons in this book. It is a must-read! It will be one that should be given as a gift to anyone that you care about. Being a high school teacher I know that this book is a difference maker, and it has principles in it that schools and our society need badly. Make sure you pre-order your copy now and when it comes out, read it and start living the examples in it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Mitch talks to my heart.

    We revisit Morrie a bit in this book as Mitch comes full circle back to real life with this non-fiction account of three men headng the same direct all on very different paths. A drug addict excon now Preacher, A life long Cleric Rabbii and Mitch himself interwind a story that ends in your heart and will stay for a long time. This book releases in late September put it on your shourt list. Quick Read. Life long Story.

    Dan

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Honest Writer

    I have read Tuesdays with Morrie, For one more day and Five people you meet in heaven and they were all FANTASTIC books, so if this one is a tenth of how good those other three were reading it will be time well spent. I think Mitch Albom is an honest writer who's words come straight from the heart, I will definitely be purchasing this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    A Lot of Faith in LITTLE FAITH

    A pastor from the inner-city in Detroit. A rabbi from an affluent suburb in Philadelphia. Sounds like the beginning of a joke. But its actually the underlying story of Mitch Albom's latest book, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH.

    In usual Albom style, each character is brought to life so vividly you think you know them. And by book's end each has woven their way into your heart. If you're lucky, they'll touch a little of your soul, as well.

    I don't want to give too much away, but I will say you MUST read this book. It's a great story about faith and life and belief and love. And how EACH of us are really a lot more the same than we might think.

    HAVE A LITTLE FAITH comes highly recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

    A timely inspirational read

    In these complicated times where religion and spirituality often get a bad rap......this book offers something for everyone. I was able to read an advance copy and was very moved...........it rivals Tuesday's with Morrie...in that it offers life lessons.....humorous insight and a bridge between different spiritual paths. It is potentially an in road for today's youth who are often offered tainted/brainwashed information about spiritual choices. Albom's gift to the planet awakens compassion and invites inner reflection. I laughed ......cried................had to force myself to put the book down so I could enjoy it longer. Big Thanks to Mitch for his ongoing efforts to unite heart and spirit for all.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    previous reviews

    I have not yet read this book, but I will based on the positive report of the 7/14 reviewer. To the other reviewer of 7/14 who referred to the book as a 'flop'.... we all have some sort of faith or 'belief system'. Yours allowed you to step on that plane.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Everyone could use a little faith

    It does not matter what religion you call your own. This book has something for everyone. It is about life and the part that you play in this world. Each of us will see a part of ourselves in this book. From the young student of religion, the adult who has wandered away from religion, the person who attends services every week, or even the person looking for something more, there is inspiration in this book. I laughed, cried, remembered, and thought about what I could do better. The relationship between the author and both of the men of God opens the reader's eyes to current and past relationships in their own lives. I truly enjoyed the journey this book took me on.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Another thought-provoking novel

    As with his other novels, Mitch Albom, has another hit on his hands. I found this a quick and enjoyable read. The story of a rabbi and an addict who finds his way into the ministry is fascinating and uplifting. Take one simple man of God, another desperate to find God, and you have a wonderful true story of faith and love. A great Christmas or Hanukka gift!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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