Thursday, January 27, 2011

Have a Little Faith

So, if someone came up to you and without warning asked you to to write and deliver their eulogy, how would you respond? While you're thinking that over, let's up the ante a bit: let's say this person is your minister...but you don't really attend church anymore, except maybe when the holidays roll around. In fact, you haven't been a regular at church in over 25 years. At this point, you'd probably be thinking, Why me? You wouldn't be alone. In Have a Little Faith: A True Story, Author Mitch Albom (Tuesdays With Morrie) found himself in just this predicament when his long-time rabbi, Albert Lewis, cornered him after a speech and popped the question. A few days later, Albom agreed to Lewis's request, but only if the two of them could spend some time together so Albom could learn more about him. What began as an awkward first meeting at Lewis's home grew into an eight-year friendship that gave Albom an invaluable education on the importance of faith, family, and tradition. Along the way, Albom befriended another man of faith, Pastor Henry Covington, from whom he learned that even the worst among us can be transformed and changed, and in turn can change others. Have a Little Faith: A True Story is a slim volume that packs a healthy wallop of goodness, and fans of Tuesdays With Morrie as well as those who've never read Albom before won't be disappointed.

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