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Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
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Nov 08, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

A Book to Believe In

~Then some people came, bringing a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made a hole in the roof.
~Mark 2:3-4

Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom starts out with Mitch being asked to write a eulogy for Albert Lewis (The Reb). He obliges. To find out more about the Reb, Mitch spends many months visiting him and hearing stories and experiences from throughout his life. But Mitch does more then learns about the Reb, he also learns about himself. Spending all this time with the wise old man makes Mitch start to wonder about his own religious beliefs, as well as the beliefs of others, the gifts of giving and receiving forgiveness, and the power of believing. During his time seeing the Reb, Mitch stumbles into Henry Covington, Pastor of I am My Brother’s Keeper church. Henry was once a man who had nothing after being engulfed by heroin needles and cocaine and now is a changed man of God. How could this be a man of God? He lied, hustled, stole and committed more crimes he could even remember. And now he is the pastor of a church, sheltering and feeding the homeless. How does that even happen? Why would God let a man like that head one of his churches? Henry explains to Mitch that you are not your past. He was a changed man because of God, because he had faith. Mitch starts attending the church and realizes just how much faith can endure in people that have nothing. Henry preaches his sermon and everyone in the church lights up. Bums, druggies, all get a small beacon of light in their lives; all get something to believe in. People that had nothing now suddenly have something. Hope from faith.
Through his actions, examples, and words, the Reb taught Mitch and countless others many things. Love whenever you can as often as you can, except others for what they represent and believe even if you don’t agree with it, live for others and not for yourself, and most importantly, have a little faith. This book is definitely a must read. It will change the way you look at life and will truly inspire you to have faith.

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