Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
“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.”
Finished this book in 3 days! This is a true story, in which the author, Mitch Albom, is requested by the elderly rabbi from his hometown synagogue to write a eulogy when the time comes around for the rabbi’s funeral. This book weaves the conversations that Albom has with two men of different faiths – the rabbi, and an African American Protestant pastor who was once a drug addict, dealer, and convict. Albom learns that while the two men come from different backgrounds, they are similar to some degree by their faith and their belief in something greater than themselves. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Look, if you say that science will eventually prove there is no God, on that I must differ. No matter how small they take it back, to a tadpole, to an atom, there is always something they can’t explain, something that created it all at the end of the search.
And no matter how far they try to go the other way – to extend life, play around with the genes, clone this, clone that, live to one hundred and fifty – at some point, life is over. And then what happens? When the life comes to an end?
When you come to the end, that’s where God begins.”