Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Review: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

I have some time to write so I wanted to share my thoughts on a great book I just finished.
Mitch Albom has been somewhat controversial in the news, but I've always enjoyed his books. My mom got me this book (a signed copy in a nice case!) for Christmas and I just finished it after reading six of my other books from Christmas. I saved it because I didn't know what to expect. Like I said, I liked all his other books and I didn't really know what this one was about. It was great. It was a quick read, but inspiring. Rarely have I found a book on faith that wasn't one-sided in it's religious speech or that my opinions actually lined up with a man of God.

The book begins with Albom's Rabbi (a man who he greatly respected, yet feared...as he was this large man of God) asking him to do his eulogy. Albom, confused by this request, agreed anyway and went on to become a great friend of the Rabbi, or Reb, for eight years. The story also follows Henry, an ex drug addict and con man, who is now a Priest for a broken down church for homeless in Detroit. The two stories find ways to intertwine.

Like I said, I was shocked to find some of Reb's feelings similar to my own. My thoughts on religion and culture have changed over the years. I am a Christian, but I find myself being more and more open-minded as the years pass on. For example, I don't really believe in converting others and I value the beauty of all religions. Reb believed this also and it shocked me that a Rabbi said so. Reb became a character I myself wish I knew and admired from the stories on the pages.

So if you are looking for a quick read on spirituality and reading about good hearts and stories of lives touching others...grab this one. You'll be touched in some way.


  1. I read two of his books last summer (back when I had time to read) and this man knows how to make me cry...like a baby:D

  2. He really does...I definitely recommend this one!


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