Book Review: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom has sold around 28 million copies of his books worldwide, but he’s probably best known for his first book, Tuesdays with Morrie, a non-fiction book that was championed by Oprah Winfrey and also made into a movie. His first non-fiction book since then, Have a Little Faith, is out now – and what a truly wonderful and moving read it is – in my opinion even better than Tuesdays with Morrie.
Have a Little Faith opens with Mitch asking the reader to ‘Picture the most pious man you know. Your priest. Your pastor. Your rabbi. Your iman.’ In this case, Mitch’s man of God is Reb, an 82-year-old rabbi from his hometown – and he has an unusual request. He wants Mitch to do his eulogy for some undeterminable time in the future. Mitch feels unworthy of such a task, but agrees only if he gets to know his old rabbi better – which throws him back into a world of faith he apathetically left long ago. Mitch also becomes involved with Henry, a Detroit pastor who is also an ex-convict and reformed drug dealer, who preaches to the homeless and downtrodden in a decaying Detriot church.
Moving between these two worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, poor and comfortable, Mitch writes truthfully and respectfully about these two remarkable life stories and his own memories of his religious upbringing. However, this is not a book about religion. This is a book about every day life and all its foibles. It’s a book about love, hope and the importance of faith. It’s about life’s purpose and finding your place in the world – and perhaps even believing in something bigger than yourself. Have a Little Faith is written with such honesty and understatement I am sure everyone will find something of value in this thoughtful and moving book.