This is Mitch Albom's first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie
was published twelve years ago, Have A Little Faith
begins with an unusual request: an 82-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, Mitch 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, Mitch 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 realize 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 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
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