have a little faith

Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have A Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an 82-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he’d left years ago.

Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor – a reformed drug dealer and convict – who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Mitch observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi, embracing it as death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat.

As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Mitch and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers and histories are different, Albom begins to realize a striking unity between the two worlds – and indeed, between beliefs everywhere.

In the end, as the rabbi nears death and a harsh winter threatens the pastor’s wobbly church, Albom sadly fulfills the last request and writes the eulogy. And he finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself. Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.

Have A Little Faith debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  It was chosen by Oprah.com as the Best Nonfiction Book of 2009. It also won the 2010 Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award.

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Mitch Introduces Have a Little Faith

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Inspiration: The Rebs

Do you believe in anything? I had to ask myself this question nine years ago. I was asked to give a eulogy. By a man who hadn’t died yet. Not just any man. A clergyman. My clergyman. The only one I’d ever known. The man who sends people off to heaven was asking me for his sendoff to heaven – me, a fallen, barely participating member, should stand in front of our entire congregation and sum up their spiritual leader of the last 60 years. Why me? What was the trick behind this odd request?….keep reading»
“This book is the answer to anyone who believed they’d never again read a book with the soul and grace of Tuesdays With Morrie. Have A Little Faith is an absolute wonder—tender, transporting and deeply moving, a profound meditation on kindling the light that struggles in billions of hearts.”
Scott Turow

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I once asked the Reb that most common of faith questions: why do bad things happen to good people? It had been answered countless times in countless ways; in books, in sermons, on Web sites, in tear-filled hugs. The Lord wanted her with him . . . He died doing what he loved . . . She was a gift . . . This is a test . . . I remember a family friend whose son was struck with a terrible medical affliction… keep reading »


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The Cast »

  • Jon Avnet | Director
  • Laurence Fishburne | Henry Covington
  • Bradley Whitford | Mitch Albom
  • Martin Landau | Albert Lewis
  • Anika Noni Rose | Annette Covington
  • Mykelti Williamson | Donnie
  • Deanna Dunagan | Sarah Lewis
  • Melinda McGraw | Janine
  • Anthony Castelow | Cass
  • Bryce Clyde Jenkins | Young Henry
  • Langston Fishburne | Henry in 20’s
  • Wayne David Parker | Gene
  • Jonathan Adams | Willie Covington
  • April Parker Jones | Wilma Covington
  • Larry VanBuren, Jr. | Derrick Covington

"One of their best productions ever...An engrossing story, true emotional impact, and some of the best performances seen on TV this year."
- The Huffington Post

"From the street-wise spiritual insight of Covington, to Lewis’ timeless wisdom, to the touching eulogy Albom delivers at the end of the film, it is both inspiring and moving, sometimes in surprising ways."

"A lovely, earnest exploration of faith and a rare holiday recognition that every religion demands more from us than cards and toys." --USA Today

"Challenging. Engaging. Entertaining. Thought provoking."

A major made-for-television movie, the film version of Have a Little Faith aired Sunday, November 27, 2011 on ABC. It was the first Hallmark Hall of Fame film broadcast on ABC since 1995. Filmed in Detroit and even at Pilgrim Church, home to the late Pastor Henry Covington, the film stars Laurence Fishburne, Martin Landau, Brad Whitford and Anika Noni Rose.

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Have a Little Faith and Anika Noni Rose were nominated for 2011 NAACP Image Awards. The film also garnered a 2012 Prism award nomination and won a 2012 Christopher Award.

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