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
IN THE BEGINNING…
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- 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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