Sunday, April 1, 2012

have a little faith: a true story

This is another book written by Mitch Albom that again strikes a chord in people.  In have a little faith, Mitch was asked by his boyhood rabbi to do his eulogy when the time arrived.  Mitch had not been active in his Judaism for years and  at first was not comfortable with the request.  However, he agreed to begin meeting with the rabbi in order to learn more about him and his life, so that when the time came for his eulogy, he would be more prepared to write and give it. As the author wrote:

"This is a story about believing in something and the two very different men who taught me how.  It took a long time to write.  It took me to churches and synagogues, to the suburbs and the city, to the 'us' versus 'them' that divides faith around the world.
And finally, it took me home, to a sanctuary filled with people, to a casket made of pine, to a pulpit that was empty.
In the beginning, there was a question.
It became a last request.
'Will you do my eulogy?'
And , as is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor, when in fact I was being given one."

This is a touching story about two different men of God and how their lives impacted the author's life.  One was the Rabbi and the other was a young black man who became a criminal and went to prison.  Upon his release, he eventually went back to a life of crime, until one day he was saved and became a man of God serving whoever needed help.  Two men, from very different lives, with very different congregations, but each taught Mitch, in their own way, how to find his way.    

We read this book for our book group and it made for very interesting and lively discussion.  While the premise sounds somewhat religious, none of us took it that way. Rather it was a story about good men, and how others find good in their lives.  It was a very quick and easy read.  I recommend it!

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