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Mitch Albom, best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and For One More Day, has another inspiring and emotional book being released on September 29, 2009. Having read and enjoyed all three of the above-mentioned books, I was thrilled to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of his newest book, Have a Little Faith, before its release.
Have a Little Faith was moving, intelligent, and profound. It is a true story, and similar to Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie, he recounts his visits with his childhood rabbi, who asked him to give his eulogy. In what started as a few visits just to get to know the man better for the purpose of writing the eulogy, Albom is drawn to the funny and giving man, developing a friendship that helps him to begin to examine his own faith and the idea of faith in general. The book also tells the story of a former drug dealer and thief turned preacher, who gave up a life of crime to dedicate his life to the homeless and hungry in Detroit. Two very different men are thus profiled in the book, but there is a connecting theme: their lives demonstrate their faith as manifested in loving and serving others.
I found myself giggling at the book at times, and at others crying. The book is emotional, and it underlines the ways that faith can provide a common dialog of love and service, even among people of different faiths. The reader does not need to be Jewish to appreciate and identify with the simple truths explored in this book, and to see the ways that faith can guide us through our toughest adversities.
The book is written in Mitch Albom's signature style, with short chapters of just a few pages, clear descriptions, and overall a compact and easy-to-read style. Books that can bring out my emotions like this one are uncommon, so if you find the premise of this book interesting, I definitely recommend it.
Mitch Albom. Have a Little Faith. Hyperion Books, 29 September 2009. 272 pp. $23.99 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0786868728.