Created on Monday, 11 January 2010 16:33
Written by Elaine
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Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom is essentially a tale of two men of different faiths and from different backgrounds. The writer of international best sellers, 'Tuesdays with Morrie' and 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven', expertly weaves together the lives of two men and their worlds - one a Christian, another Jewish - with interesting stories and analogies, snippets of wisdom as well as his own honest thoughts.
The book begins with an usual request by the writer's eighty-two-year-old rabbi to pen his eulogy. As he gets to know the man better, he embarks on a journey of faith - one that brings him back to the faith he has left behind when he left his place of birth years ago. At the same time, he chronicles the story of an unlikely pastor, a reformed convict and drug dealer, closer to his present home. Albom observes the man as he preaches to the poor and homeless in a crumbling church with a hole in the roof.
Through the stories of the two men, Albom draws similarities and touches on issues of the modern age such as going through times of difficulties, losing faith, and forgiveness among others. Towards the end of the book, he sums it up with one lesson learnt from both men and their respective faiths - in life, "there are many melodies, but it's all one song - one same, wonderful, human song".
10% of the proceeds from this book goes to charity including The Hole in The Roof Foundation, which saves and supports places of worship for the homeless. Related links: Mitch Albom website