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Have A Little Faith: A True Story

by Mitch Albom

Hyperion | September 29, 2009 | Hardcover

Have A Little Faith: A True Story is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 15.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786868724

ISBN - 13: 9780786868728

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have A Little Faith: A True Story This book was an excellent read. I couldn't put it down. I haven't read any of his books before - but I definitely liked his style of writing. I gave it to my Pastor to read.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hopefull All you need is a little faith to fall in love with this book! Another nicely written book for Mr.Albom!
Date published: 2010-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Thought Provoking I have read "For One More Day" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom. He reveals more of himself in this true story and it is every bit as entertaining as the first two I read.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He does it again! This book was amazing from start to finish once again albom writes a tale that makes you believe in something greater then yourself.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book from Mitch Albom I am a great fan of Mitch Albom, from his newspaper columns to his books. The Five People you Meet in Heaven ranks in my top 10 books of all time. This was a good book. Not as good as 5 People. But a good book. I liked its uplifting message of hope. I liked the parallels between two men in different states, with different backgrounds, trying through different methods to achieve the same end. Even though the book is about faith, it was very approachable and in no way attempt to persuade you as to any particular denomination. The last line of the book is a treasure - and the pages that precede it are worth your time!
Date published: 2010-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was an joy to read. How could a book that makes you think so much be so easy to read. I had not read any other of Mitch Albom's books but now have ordered a couple. He made me feel sorry that I had not met the 'Reb'. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone from the most open to the most skeptical.
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely phenomenal One of the best books I have read in a long time
Date published: 2009-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! I really enjoy Mitch Albom's writing. But I think that I prefer his fiction to non-fiction. This book was interesting in its protrayal of faith and was beatifully written. But overall it didn't really make me want to stand up and take notice, like his fictional works have. Personally, I prefer "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" to this.
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Mitch Albom never disappoints! This book is wonderful. You don't need to have a lot of faith to enjoy it. It has a message for everyone and is truly delightful!
Date published: 2009-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He dies it again Again Mitch Albom was able to draw me into his life and experiences. The book has the ability to capture your heart, mind and soul. I can only hope to meet as many extraordinary people in my lifetime. This book will make you laugh and cry but more importantly it will help you reflect on the person you can only hope to be. This is a great Christmas gift for special people in your life.
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We All Need a Little Faith... I really enjoyed reading this novel. I found myself unable to stop reading it at times, rightfully knowing that I have to wake up insanely early for work in the AM :) It covers the basics of faith, understanding, compassion, human dignity and respect. Despite the many things that goes on in our day to day lives, we must have faith in our community, our families, and what lies ahead in the afterlife, once we all leave this earth we call "home". Good read. Good after-thoughts.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! I have read every book written by Mitch Albom. He has always been one of my favorite authors and once again, he has not disappointed. This book was wonderful....just like all the rest. I wasn't so sure that I wanted to read this particular book because it has to do with religion. I am not the most religious person in the world and wasn't sure what to expect. I passed by this particular book at the bookstore many a time and kept on passing it for a while but decided to read it because it was a "Mitch Albom" book. I am very glad that I read it. I think I have a little faith, myself now.
Date published: 2009-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faith and the compasion that goes with it. Although I didn't know if I would like this book because it was all about religion, I picked this up because I loved Mitch's other books. This one is based on his own personal experience with his Rabbi and how, though Mitch has really shied away from his Jewish faith, he wants Mitch to give his eulogy. It also has a tie in with a convicted felon turned pastor. Reb's (that's what he calls his Rabbi) story of his faith in God, and his philosophies on life, were comical at times but very touching. And Pastor Henry's journey through the deep world of addiction finally brings him to stick with Christianity, and become a man of God. The two worlds yet so different by faith and custom, are so equally the same on the values of generosity and the love you can share with all. Which is what this book I believe is really about. Also Mitch has decided to give 10% of the profits from this book to charity including the Hole In The Roof Foundation. To see more about Pastor Henry's cause and others like his visit www.aholeintheroof.com.
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have a little faith Mitch Albom has done it again! Writing about Life Lessons from a Dying Rabbi makes us realize how Precious Life is and the Struggles of the Homeless helps us Appreciate how lucky we truly are….and at the end of the day; we are all God’s children regardless of our Faith…..To Believe is To Achieve. Now that’s deep! If you liked “Tuesdays with Morrie” you’ll love “Have a little Faith”.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 its 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. 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. My question to you is, do you think that its that simple? Do you think we'll ever be able to overcome our differences and come together in the name of pure faith? I truly believe we can. But we need to set aside our self-righteousness and anger and come together for the common good, not only of ourselves, but of all mankind. 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 spiritual favorites.
Date published: 2009-09-18

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Have A Little Faith: A True Story

by Mitch Albom

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786868724

ISBN - 13: 9780786868728

About the Book

The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Tuesdays with Morrie" goes back to his nonfiction roots with a timely, moving, and inspiring look at faith: not just who believes, but why.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 13

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