Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have A Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an 82-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, Mitch 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, Mitch 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 realize 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 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.
Have A Little Faith debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was chosen by Oprah.com as the Best Nonfiction Book of 2009. It also won the 2010 Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award.
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In the Beginning...
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"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."
"Everybody should read it"
--Hoda Kotb, People, Top Ten Books of 2009
"Best nonfiction book of 2009"
“Albom offers another inspirational and heartwarming story about the strength of friendship and power of faith.”
“Albom writes, as he always does, with a loving hand, revealing great intimacies that touch the heart.”
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