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ISBN13: 9780786868728
ISBN10: 0786868724
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"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

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

"New York Times"-bestselling author Albom goes back to his nonfiction roots with a timely, moving, and inspiring look at faith--not just who believes, but why--prompted by his search for the right words to eulogize a beloved rabbi.

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Angie Kopshy, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Angie Kopshy)
Inspiring author, per usual...idealism mixed with enough realism to make the reader go to sleep at night with a dream in their heart, a smile on their face and the question: What if?? lingering in the air.
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valleyglengirl, September 28, 2009 (view all comments by valleyglengirl)
Mitch Albom. A rabbi. An inner-city pastor. A eulogy. A sure recipe for one great book!

I don't want to reveal too much about the book here, because I think its really important that you read it to appreciate its full message. This book helped reignite the spark of faith in me I thought had long burned out. And it made me realize that - though religions differ and beliefs differ - we're all really in it for the same reason. To get us through this life the best way we know how.

I know this book will probably sell out quickly, so I'd say order it as soon as possible. And order a couple extra copies for friends. You'll want to pass it on and you WON'T want to give up your own copy! TRUST ME!
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lostfoundla, September 28, 2009 (view all comments by lostfoundla)
I LOVE Mitch Albom's HAVE A LITTLE FAITH! I've been a fan of his books since TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and this - his fourth - did not leave me disappointed.

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 (don't you agree?!?). 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.

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. I hope that as more people read the book, they'll join in a discussion here, too!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786868728
Author:
Albom, Mitch
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
Faith (Judaism)
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 11.76 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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