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Have a Little Faith

  • Apr 5, 2010
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Have a Little Faith is the story of two men. Albert Lewis (Mitch Albom's childhood Rabbi from New Jersey) and Henry Covington (an inner-city priest in Detroit). Two men who really have nothing in common except for their faith and the inspiration they bring to their congregation and those who they are in contact with.

Mitch no longer resides in Jersey and finds it rather odd that he is asked by his Rabbi, Albert Lewis (a/k/a "The Reb"), to write his eulogy. Firstly, it's been years since Mitch has been in contact with him. And secondly, he isn't dying, at least, not anytime soon. So Mitch makes it a point to spend time with The Reb to get to know him, and thus begins an 8-year long friendship.

Henry Covington preaches in a run-down church with a gaping hole in the roof to the poorest and the homeless of Detroit. He's a former drug dealer and spent almost a decade behind bars, but has now turned his life over to God.

This is the story of two men, with different beliefs but who have common goals... their faith, their love of God and their congregations.

As a fan of Mr. Albom's previous works, I was excited when I finally got the my hands on Have a Little Faith. In its pages you will find everything that you would expect from a Mitch Albom book... faith, inspiration, joy, tears. But for some reason, and I'm saddened to say this, it fell a little flat for me. Don't take me wrong, I truly enjoyed reading about The Reb and Henry Covington, their experiences and their anecdotes. All in all, I felt that it was missing something. It didn't grip me in the way some of his previous books have. In the end, I'm not sure exactly how much I got out of this book, but it is a good story. One that I think should be read and I can easily see that many will enjoy.

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review by . March 28, 2010
I may be the only person in America who hadn't yet read Mitch Albom. If so, he has officially saturated the market as I just finished Have a Little Faith.       Albom writes poignantly without pretentious wordiness but instead his factual sportswriter training comes through. In Have A Little Faith he writes three connected stories. One is about a rabbi, Mitch's only rabbi, who asks Mitch to write his date-to-be-determined eulogy. Mitch doesn't know "the Reb" outside …
review by . July 09, 2010
It is true that this book’s title is have a little faith, with no capital letters, and seems to focus on faith. However, it would be more truthful to say that its theme is “coping,” a word that I did not find in the book, and “love” and “hope,” two words found in the volume’s last sentence. The last word, and probably the books principal theme, is “hope.” One might wonder why Albom, the best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and …
review by . February 14, 2010
It is true that this book's title is have a little faith, with no capital letters, and seems to focus on faith. However, it would be more truthful to say that its theme is "coping," a word that I did not find in the book, and "love" and "hope," two words found in the volume's last sentence. The last word, and probably the books principal theme, is "hope."  One might wonder why Albom, the best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and other best-sellers, chose to display the title in non-caps. …
review by . October 29, 2009
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom is a true story about understanding what faith really means. When Albom's rabbi, nicknamed Reb, asks him to give the eulogy at his funeral, Albom determines to know this Man of God better so he can do the task well. Over the course of eight years, he spends time learning about the Reb's life and faith which in turn makes him re-evaluate his own. As part of a way of giving back to his adopted hometown of Detroit, he creates a fund to help out organizations that …
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Starred Review. Albom delivers a command audio performance. He brings his two clergymen-protagonists-an elderly rabbi from Albom's home synagogue and an African-American pastor leading a ministry to Detroit's homeless population-to vivid life and conveys their messages of faith with sensitivity and respect. The audio's most memorable moments feature the humility-and eccentricity-of the two spiritual leaders who, despite their deep religious commitment, refuse to be placed on a pedestal. From the ail-ing Jewish leader breaking out into whimsical songs in the middle of his grueling medical treatments and his Christian counterpart savoring the joys of barbecuing, Albom's characterizations brim with humor and compassion. A Hyperion hardcover.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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ISBN-10: 0786868724
ISBN-13: 978-0786868728
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Hyperion
Date Published: September 29, 2009
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