Saturday, September 12, 2009

(76) Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom -- On Sale September 29

How would you respond if the Priest (or Rabbi or Preacher) of your childhood asked you to give the Eulogy at his funeral.

It has been more than twenty-five years since Mitch Albom had been around his childhood Rabbi, Albert Lewis. The request took him by surprise. He has never given a eulogy before, let alone for someone he barely knew outside of the Synagogue. He agrees, but under the condition that he gets the opportunity to get to know The Reb, not as a Rabbi, but as a man.

At the same time Mitch Albom is forging a friendship with The Reb outside of New York, he is getting to know a Preacher on the streets of Detroit. Henry Covington is a former drug dealing ex-con. By his own admission he has broken every single one of the Ten Commandments. Yet he & his wife left the streets of New York behind to practice their ministry on the streets of Detroit.

The more Mitch got to know both men, the more he realized that there weren't a lot of differences between his elderly, white Rabbi and the heavy-set black Preacher on the streets of Detroit. The two men had different sets of beliefs, but they had one thing in common. Faith.

"Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe."

I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book. I admit this is the first Albom book that I have read. I was somewhat expecting a sappy, sentimental book about Albom's relationship with his Rabbi. Instead I read a book about a man learning about Faith in two of the most unlikely places. A man who comes to the realization that whether it be your God, His God or My God, God is good. Have A Little Faith is a little book with a big message. A book that will warm your heart with a message that you will want to share with the world!


Anonymous said...

I've read ALL of Albom's books, and he is right up there as one of my favorite authors of all time!! Anyway, I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of HAVE A LITTLE FAITH. In my opinion, it might be his best book yet. It's a very timely message and one that leaves you thinking long after you're finished with the book.

What if faith didn't tear us apart, but instead brought us together? Crazy to think about, right? But that's the underlying message of the book. Its too bad more religions can't think that way. We'd be living in world of peace, instead of war.

Anyway, the book is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble (and probably other online retailers, too). It comes out in stores end of September. READ IT! I'd be anxious to know what you think!

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