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Have A Little Faith [Paperback]

Mitch Albom
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

Will you do my eulogy?

With those words, Mitch Albom begins his long-awaited return to non-fiction. His journey to honour the last request of a beloved clergyman ultimately leads him to rekindle his own long-ignored faith.

Albom spends years exploring churches and synagogues, the suburbs and the city, the "us" versus "them" of religion.

Slowly, he gravitates to an inner-city pastor of a crumbling church that houses the homeless, and is stunned at how similar belief can be. As his own beloved cleric slowly lets go, Albom writes his final farewell, having learned that a faithful heart comes in many forms and places.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751537519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751537512
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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The new bestseller from the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie.

About the Author

Mitch Albom writes for the DETROIT FREE PRESS, and has been voted America's No. 1 sports columnist ten times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. A former professional musician, he hosts a daily radio show on WJR in Detroit.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Book - Makes you think! 30 Oct 2009
By Strudel
I was on my way to board a plane and my eye caught this new Mitch Albom book - I had to buy it and I am SO glad I did. This book has a way of somehow grabbing your soul, it makes you question your own thoughts, feelings, judgements and how much compassion we all "think" we have. The ageing Rabbi "Reb" truly does have compassion...oodles of it...we could all learn alot from this wise man. As for Henry, the Detroit "Reb" - well I guess, put in the same position as Mitch, knowing Henrys background, we too would judge him....BUT when he pours his heart out to Mitch about how NOTHING that he does or continues to do will be enough to make up for what he has done wrong in his past...truly humbled me. It made me cry, it made my friend cry too. The part where Mitch tells of seeing Henry in the rundown church darkness, sitting silently, watching over the down-and-out folk sleeping on the floor...made me feel a lump in my throat and I understood that mans need to make ammends. An awesome writing!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best non-fiction I've read for a long time 8 Oct 2009
If you're worried that the author of the book is trying to convert you into a religion of some sort, rest easy!! Albom really isn't trying to convert anyone into anything. What this book does, so wonderfully and powerfully, is to guide the faith-less readers back to finding the precious gift of faith and encourage the faithfulls to stregthen theirs. Reading Albom's journey is very humbling and awakening at the same time. I'm glad that he's been used by the higher authority to bless others through his many talents. This, no doubt, is a book to treasure and keep on your bookshelf. A book to be read and re-read. I thought about the many people I want to gift this book to before I even finish the last page. Thanks for sharing your journey with us Mitch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, moving at times 28 Mar 2014
These are true stories about three people; Reb, a retired and seriously ill rabbi; Henry, a pastor in a decaying church and ultimately the book is about the author.

Albom is a lapsed Jew, he followed the faith as a child, and then went off the rails a little bit, married outside the faith and rarely set foot in a synagogue again. Out of the blue, his rabbi from that time called him and asked if he would write his eulogy. Surprised as he was by this, he agreed and went back to meet him to make some notes.
Reb has a way of communicating with people that is very special and what develops between them is quite unique. Albom talks openly, and asks some tough questions of him. Their relationship is one of warmth and admiration, and Albom ends up with pages and pages of notes.
Henry is a bad guy turned good. He is a huge man and has been in the past a petty thief, a drug dealer, a drug user and al round thug. Even though he had contact with the church, he never took that extra step and committed. Unit one day something in his life made him stop and walk a different path. He is now a pastor at a Detroit church that is badly in need of maintenance, and his congregation is made up from homeless people.

These two men of different faiths share many common values. Albom tells their life stories in parallel, as well as snapshots from their pasts.

When he comes to write the eulogy for Reb, he takes one look at his reams of notes, sets them aside and writes from his heart.

This is the second book of his that I have read in a handful of days. He writes with effortless aplomb, without a wasted word. These are two men that he grew close to; who sought to do and not talk.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I've never written a review before but felt compelled to having just finished this wonderful book. Whether you see yourself as a person of faith or not, read this book! You will be challenged, moved, inspired and left reflecting on your own faith journey (which is surely a good thing). Albom writes in such a beautiful way, I often felt like I was actually there, walking with him as he gets to know his rabbi and meets an inspirational pastor in inner-city Detroit (Henry). The challenge - to write the euology for his aging rabbi (Reb) - provokes questioning about his apathetic approach to his own faith, causing Albom to spend several years with these two men as they live out their lives in markedly different contexts. The beauty of this book is its accessibility - buy it as soon as you can!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Spark Inside Us All. 19 Nov 2009
A book to lead you towards believing in something bigger than yourself - where spreading faith and hope and making a difference in the lives of others is what it's all about. This is a warm-hearted, inspiring book where the talented author Mitch Albom examines how faith shines differently in people's expressions. Mitch writes about the spiritual journey of two holy men, one a rabbi close to death and the other an inner-city pastor. Each of these holy men express their faith in different ways but, none the less, their faith supports and sustains many of their congregation through trying and difficult times. And of the author's own journey, well that evolves into one of grace, compassion and meaning in his own life.

While reading Mr. Albom's work I was reminded of Ariel and Shya Kane's book "Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment". The Kanes' book is also rich in real life stories filled with compassion, inspiration and sharing of life's magical moments. Both of these wonderful books hold a place of honor on my bookshelf. I know they would be a gift to anyone who reads them.
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Published 1 hour ago by Jacqueline Armstrong
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Beautifully written, full of compassion. I couldn't put it down and read it in full on a very wet and windy afternoon. It made me smile and it made me cry. Just read it!
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Published 1 month ago by Mr. H,T,Suddick
4.0 out of 5 stars That's what you were supposed to do
If he had a minute with God, he would tell him he had done quite a few good things in his time on earth and would then ask what his reward was to be. God would answer, "Reward? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
mitch is a brilliant writer
Published 2 months ago by G F JOHNSTONE
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very easy to read with lots of humour interspersed with more serious issues.
Published 3 months ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was not a bad audio book but wont be in my list of favourites.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Frank Treanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Little Faith
Very pleased with this book arrived on time and well packaged. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Wake
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I have read Mitch Albom's Saturday with Morrie, and this book tops them all for saying so much about how God work's through so many peoples lives. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. M.A Graves
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