November 2, 2009

Book Review: Have A Little Faith

Filed under: Book Reviews,Videos — Neil @ 10:00 am

Have A Little Faith was given to everyone who attended Catalyst.  It’s author, Mitch Albom, was interviewed as a part of the conference.  Mitch is known from Tuesdays with Morrie & Five People You Meet in Heaven.  I’ve known him due to him being a sportswriter (Detroit Free Press) & a regular on ESPN’s Sports Reporters (the original & best version of what makes up much of sports programming today).

Have A Little Faith is Mitch’s story of him getting to know his rabbi & an inner-city pastor in Detroit.  For me as a minister it was interesting to read his views of religious leaders.  How he knew his rabbi as his spiritual leader, but didn’t know him personally.

It was also interesting to read to see how Albom’s Jewish faith interacts w/ the Christian minister & church in inter-city Detroit.  The pastor’s (it’s worth the price of the book just to read of how God delivered him from addictions & a life of crime) church is located in old decaying building, but he’s still reaching out to the poor & homeless.  Although, their faith isn’t the same, they find common ground in helping the hungry & homeless.

Mitch’s writing is incredibe & the topic/story was intriguing.  I began reading it last Friday, & didn’t put it down for several hours & finished up the last few pages a few nights later.

A few quotes that stood out to me:

  • Man likes to run from God.
  • The most inspirational man I knew only reached his potential by helping a child reach his.
  • Faith is about doing.  You are who you act, not just how you believe.
  • I was amazed at how a man who was supposed to be available for so many people could somehow be available for each one of them.
  • Having more does not keep you from wanting more.
  • Getting old, we can deal with.  Being old is the problem.

To read more about Albom & Have A Little Faith click here.  To purchase it at Amazon click here.


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