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    Bigfan
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    I have finished the book and have sent it cheerfully on to my Sunday school friends. Six of them have taken it on vacation together. I have already made plans to use it as a lesson in October, after the rest of the class,130 people can read it.

    I work for Barnes and Noble and got an advanced copy. It is the best book that I have read in years. This is my second letter to you. I am going to order 1000’s because this will be the biggest and most inspirational book of the century. How can I help fix the hole in the roof? I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this book with everyone I know and all those people I sell books to. My motto in life has always been, “You must have faith.” Thanks again for the wonderful 4 hours. I could have finished it quicker, except for the fact that I had to think about so many things that the Reb said. He reminds me of my mother. I think they were the smartest people in the world. Thank you for making the world a kinder and gentler place to live. Sincerely, Patty Deal

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    Tlweiner
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    What a beautiful book! I got my ARC as an employee of Village Books in Bellingham, WA. I can’t wait to see it on the shelves, so everyone can get a copy. Meanwhile, I have to pass it along to the next reader.
    The book purports to be about faith, and two men who possess it. But I saw it as a study in action, in works. It speaks to the need for community and connection, and offers inspiration even to those of us who don’t share a need for a deity.Terri

    #13445

    Bogdon
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    I graduated from Charles E. Chadsey High School, Detroit in 1976. I never read a complete book. I cheated on book reports in school. And as of today, I’ve now read 4 books from cover to cover, 3 in my adult life. I have a very short attention span and am easily distracted. It took me 2 days to read this book, and I had to go back and re-read chapters a few times. Not that i didn’t understand the content, but rather reading words without absorbing the content. It’s very frustrating, but I have reason to celebrate. My kids asked “whats wrong, dad?” They never saw me sit quietly and read. My mom asked to read it but my sibs actually need it.

    #13446

    BrendaD
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    I’ll be sharing comments from advance readers below. Please share your thoughts here as well. [Please be careful about SPOILERS!]

    #13447

    BrendaD
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    “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, author of Presumed Innocent and Limitations”Mitch Albom’s latest book, Have a little Faith chronicles the lives of Pastor Henry Covington and the small congregation he leads at The Pilgrim Church, where he has served as the head of ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry’ for close to 15 years.The church, with its hole in the roof, that allows the wetness of the rain and the bitter cold of the wind and snow of a Detroit winter to drift into this building that also serves as a homeless shelter and kitchen, operates with no budget, dues, and sometimes with no heat or electricity. But it provides the true definition of ‘Church.’ It is not the building, it is the people, it is their faith, it is their refusal to be denied their pursuit of a better life.
    Have a little Faith is a compassionate read that allows us all to take a deeper look at our lives and our faith.”
    —Bishop T.D. Jakes, chief pastor, The Potter’s House“Once again, Mitch Albom has given us a heart-warming true story, about the power of love to triumph over death, and the power of faith to guide us through the worst adversity.”
    —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People”Mitch Albom has been blessed with wise mentors. We all now know his professor Morrie Schwartz. Here we meet Albert Lewis, a rabbi who lovingly leads his former pupil toward a renewal of faith, and Pastor Henry Covington, a former drug dealer struggling to hold body and soul together for his parishioners in inner city Detroit. Have A Little Faith teaches that belief can come upon us in unsuspecting ways – and mentors might be hiding in plain sight.”
    —Cokie Roberts, political analyst, ABC News and NPR, and author of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters”Mitch Albom offers to his already loyal readers, and millions more, a timeless story when America needs it most – a story of faith, hope, and the meaning of serving others. As Have A Little Faith evolves, and Mitch must write the heartbreaking eulogy, he discovers a yearning that, in the end, we all discover: to be involved in something greater than ourselves. As Mitch observess, we find meaning through our human struggles, and, more importantly, in walking the path that God had in store for us all along. Have a Little Faith reminds us to seek and recognize how God is working in our lives in ways we cannot fully appreciate. This is a beautifully conveyed book.”
    —Senator Bob Dole, author of One Soldier’s Story: A Memoir”Mitch Albom tells the story of two incredible men whose lives demonstrate what faith is all about. They impacted his life, and now – without ever having met them – they have impacted mine as well.”
    —Tony Dungy, former NFL coach, author of Quiet Strength”Clear some space on your bookshelf for Mitch Albom’s, Have a Little Faith, the story of a faith journey that could become a classic. Those who were born into faith, have lost faith, or are still searching will all be engaged and challenged by this powerful story of “finding faith” in relationships with others and with something greater than ourselves. Never satisfied with easy answers or soft platitudes, Mitch explores some of life’s greatest mysteries and unanswered questions with great honesty, depth and self reflection. ”
    —Jim Wallis, CEO and Founder of Sojourners and author of The Great Awakening

    #13448

    AnneM-Tak
    Member

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy; it arrived Saturday but I was not able to start it until Sunday evening. From the first page, I was riveted, and I did not set it down until I finished it. As always, in Mitch’s inimitable style, the story unfolded and captured the essence of both the Reb and Henry. I was astonished once again by how completely engrossed I became in the stories.
    I will have to agree that this is the most important thing Mitch has written, which is a stretch for me after Tuesdays with Morrie! I cried through the last couple of chapters, but found much, much delight and much hope there as well.
    Beatifully done, Mitch. And thank you. — Anne in Findlay, OH

    #13449

    I waited (sort of) patiently for this book to be published. I’ve been tracking it’s progress through “someone who knows” for over a year. And was it ever worth the wait! I received a copy last Thursday. I knew that when I started reading, I wouldn’t put it down until I was finished. So on Sunday I sat down to savor what I knew would be another “life journey”, not sure how this could get better than the previous 3 books. Especially since I’m not at all religious. I was immediately invited in to the lives of all the people in the book: their good thoughts and deeds; their not-so-good thoughts and deeds. These people I’ve never met – and never will. Through their lives and Mitch’s incredible telling of their stories (his included – I related more to his feelings of wanting to run every time he saw the Reb than almost anything else in the book) I feel like I know them all. It moved me to tears a lot of the time, but not always from sadness. It was, without a doubt, one of the best books I’ve ever had the honor of reading. Thank you Mitch and PLEASE write more novels!! Your biggest fan, Jean H.

    #13450

    Bellaruth
    Member

    Thank you so much for sending me an advance copy of Have a Little Faith. I had read Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, both of which I loved. I read Have a Little Faith as soon as I got it in the mail. It is a beautiful story, and it reaffirmed my belief that the best sermons are lived–not spoken. The Rebs are inspiring Men of God–and we all can be Men and Women of God if we have a little faith.Barbara

    #13451

    Jdaly7
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    Mitch: I must tell you that I was so fired up to get one of the 50 advanced copies of your new book. I got it Thursday and started reading it right away. A little bit everyday, taking some notes along the way and just got done with it tonight. What a fantastic book! I’ve read your 3 previous ones too. Great lessons – all of them. One of my thoughts is what a blessed (or as you call it, lucky) man you are. Having friends and mentors like Morrie, “Reb” & Henry don’t come along to many people. It’s great that you took your time to share their thoughts, ideas and teachings to everyone that read your books. I’m a high school teacher at Lake Shore High School. I really enjoyed your commencement speech this past June. Just as this book did, your speech that day gave me tears. Lot’s to reflect on for every reader. I will, with your help, use this book like I used Tuesday’s with Morrie in all my classes, especially the Principles of Leadership class.This book is needed at this time in our lives like no other book. I do believe you will build on your reputation as being a true difference maker in this world. This book has helped me to reflect more to get better, work harder and a real big point – for me to quit wasting time!Thanks for all you do Mitch. Keep up the great work.- John Daly

    #13452

    Jdaly7
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    Barbara

    Great points Barbara – we don’t usually think about that we really are all men and women of God. Thanks for the great reminder.

    John

    #13453

    Jdaly7
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    I work for Barnes and Noble and got an advanced copy. It is the best book that I have read in years. This is my second letter to you. I am going to order 1000’s because this will be the biggest and most inspirational book of the century. How can I help fix the hole in the roof? I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this book with everyone I know and all those people I sell books to. My motto in life has always been, “You must have faith.” Thanks again for the wonderful 4 hours. I could have finished it quicker, except for the fact that I had to think about so many things that the Reb said. He reminds me of my mother. I think they were the smartest people in the world. Thank you for making the world a kinder and gentler place to live. Sincerely, Patty DealPatty – wonderful points. What a nice thing that you will be doing to help share the message by sharing all the copies with others. You have given me a great idea! Thanks.

    John Daly

    #13454

    Dcloz
    Member

    Thank you for sending me an advance copy of your latest book. I saved it for vacation reading and thoroughly enjoyed every work of it.
    I have read four of your previous publishings and found this to be one of the best. Your ability to draw similarities of two such diverse lives as Albert’s and Henry’s through their belief in God is truly moving and thought provoking. I plan to share this experience with many friends.DEL

    #13455

    I just read my advance copy of “Have a Little Faith”, which I did enjoy and must recommend. On the surface, the story is about the respective lives of two men of faith – one Jewish and one Christian. The triggering event is that Mitch is asked by a ‘Man of God’ to deliver the eulogy upon his death and must collect sufficient information and insight as to his life and faith. I was surprised to find the story a reflective and honest autobiography by Mitch on the role of faith(or lack thereof) in his own life. How did his early lessons in faith translate to adult beliefs and perceptions? What were others seeing and practicing in life that was largely absent from Mitch’s? While much was learned about the two primary characters in the book, Mitch appears to be on a continuing search in his own life as well. It seems that Mitch learned as much about himself as he did about the main characters.The book displays Mitch’s great writing flair in telling a story and for making the characters come alive in a very personal and spiritual manner. This is a very upbeat “must read” providing lessons to us all.

    #13456

    Michette
    Member

    Whether realizing it or not, Mitch has revealed more than just his views on faith and religion in “Have a Little Faith”. We see inside a man who genuinely cares about humankind. Charitable instincts manifected in works. A skeptic, yet caring soul, who acts to support the less fortunate in many ways.Does faith require attending services regularly or does faith mean more than that? Do we live our faith or do we go through the motions? We can certainly take a lesson from Mitch. What can each of us do to make a difference in this life before moving on to what awaits us?In one of their many discussions, Mitch asked Rabbi Lewis “What happens when life comes to an end?” The Rabbi’s words will resonate with me always. He said “When you come to the end, that’s where God begins.” Thank you Mitch for the advanced copy of “Have a Little Faith”. I am honored to have read it and will be giving many copies to friends, family and co-workers as I have done in the past with all of your books beginning with “Tuesdays With Morrie”. What great gifts they have made!Thank you, as well, for sharing not just another great book, but more about the author than you may have planned. Michette in Port Huron

    #13457

    Buckyboo
    Member

    I was so excited to get an advance copy of this book! Thank you!
    This book is a incredible inspirational non- fiction story. Reb and Henry are enlightening, and their stories’ remind me of a favorite quote, “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” ~Frank A. Clark. This amazing adventure of two incredible men was well written, difficult to put down , and left me inspirited. I love all of your books, although this one is my favorite.
    I am a high school librarian, and often students will ask for a book recommendation. Last week one student came up to the counter (with her friend)with a copy of The Five People You Meet in Heaven to check out. When I asked her why she choose it, she said her friend had recommended it to her. Then the friend told her that I had recommended it to her, and it was an “awesome” book. Your stories share ideas on overcoming and dealing with hardships, how actions can positively and negatively effect others, and with spiritual strength you are able to improve yourself and your surroundings. Your books are motivational for everyone, including our high school students, and I recommend them often.
    Looking forward to reading more of your work.
    Lois

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