Have a Little Faith by Melissa de la Cruz
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As Albom gets acquainted with the pastor and really gets to know Rabbi Green, revelation stacks upon revelation.
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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.
 

About Melissa de la Cruz

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Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. For One More Day, his second novel, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by Hachette Books. 267 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 29 2009

From the ail-ing Jewish leader breaking out into whimsical songs...and his Christian counterpart savoring the joys of barbecuing, Albom's characterizations brim with humor and compassion.

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Reviewed by Roberta O’Hara on Jan 22 2011

Albom writes, as he always does, with a loving hand, revealing great intimacies that touch the heart.

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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Susan Whelan on Nov 01 2009

Mitch Albom has produced a novel that is at once challenging and encouraging, inviting readers to think deeply about their own faith journey...

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Las Vegas Review Journal

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Reviewed by Debra McGuire on Dec 02 2009

As Albom gets acquainted with the pastor and really gets to know Rabbi Green, revelation stacks upon revelation.

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Reviewed by Kate O'Leary on Nov 27 2009

This book asks questions and maybe even answers a few asked but what it does most of all is give you hope.

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