Have a Little Faith: a True Story Review


Have a Little Faith: a True Story

Author: Mitch Albom
Published by: Hachette Book
Released: September 29th, 2009
Genre: Adult, Religion, Inspirational, Contemporary, Non Fiction
Pages: 249
Format: Hardcover
Characters: Mitch, Albert Lewis, Henry Covington, …

“If they spit in your face, you say it must be raining. But you still come back tomorrow.”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

Synopsis :

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. 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. (Source : Goodreads)

“What do you do when you lose a loved one too quickly? When you have no time to prepare before, suddenly, that soul is gone?”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: A True Story

My thoughts on the book? : Mitch Albom again has written so beautifully. Reading his works has always been a privilege. The story goes back and forth at first between the rabbi’s and Henry’s past life. Although it is written in such way, it was still understandable and not a bit of confusion occurred. This book to be honest, had been a little bit too religious for me, however, it was still a pleasant read overall. It has so many beautiful quotes and sayings. The values taught in this book could hardly be retrieved from anywhere else. I am not Jewish, nor a Christian. However, reading this book didn’t make me feel the slightest uncomfortable or uneasy, instead it helped me to view faith and view my own religion in a new perspective. This book helped me to see that being Jewish could lend a helping hand to Christians and that the worshipers of all religions can walk hand in hand, respecting one another regardless our beliefs, culture and traditions. The Rabbi’s personality and his faith has been so inspiring. I had a great time reading his experience and what he had to offer as a pious person. I also admire Pastor Henry’s will to change into a better person. The quote “You are not your past.”  made me realised that we can change to be a better person and we have the choice to determine our future.

“In the beginning, there was a question. In the end, the question gets answered.
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: A True Story

I just really admire and adore Mitch’s style of writing and how he has effortlessly engaged with the readers and captivated us with his writing. This book is definitely worth to be read. I highly recommend it to everyone. I am sure you will be pleased reading this amazing book.

Rate : 5 / 5 stars


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