Have a Little Faith inspires readers
After the riveting story Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom has managed to do it again with the inspiring story of three different men. Have a Little Faith is a easy 24-hour read.
Albom’s 82-year-old rabbi from his hometown, Albert Lewis, asks him to do
his eulogy. What starts as a simple question turns into an eightyear journey. Along the way Albom discovers the true character of his singing rabbi and meets an unusual African American pastor with a rap sheet.
Albom sets out to discover his rabbi, but in the end discovers himself and his faith.
As a boy, Albom did what was expected of a Jewish boy while regularly dodging his intimidating “man of God.” Life has taken over with its demanding schedule and his religion has been pushed to the side.
In an effort to get to know the rabbi as a man, Albom travels to regular meetings with Lewis. At the same time, he encounters an impoverished pastor from his current city, Detroit, who ministers to the homeless.
Albom gains insight from both men, but not in an overly preachy kind of way. The book is written in conversational style with excerpts from Lewis’ sermons. The unique part of the novel is how a bestselling author is riveted by both a Jewish rabbi and a born-again Christian.
One of the main points in the novel is acceptance, not just of one’s own religion, but of other’s beliefs. Other topics are forgiveness, doubt and the significance of faith.
Although the men come from different spiritual worlds, Albom sees that all beliefs are united in faith. Lewis holds this especially dear to his heart, relaying how he and a Catholic priest once walked arm in arm in the playground of a Catholic school, despite stares.
Albom finds himself clinging to his singing rabbi, the eulogy an almost distant thought in his mind. Winter brings trying times for all men as death and harsh weather threaten their lives.
The time comes for Albom to write the eulogy and by then he knows so much of Lewis he has no need for notes.
What is amazing about the novel is that it doesn’t lead to a certain way of thinking. It leads to thinking. Why not be comforted by the belief that something is bigger than yourself?