Have a Little Faith
My new book, Have a Little Faith, is the story of an eight-year journey between two worlds—two men, two faiths, two communities. It begins with a dying request from my childhood rabbi, Albert Lewis. "Will you do my eulogy?" It stopped me in my tracks. I had never been asked this before. Not by anyone—let alone a religious leader. Who does a eulogy for the man who does eulogies?
His request plunges me back into the world of belief, a world I had left behind. I am drawn back to my childhood congregation and my old hometown—a suburban temple in southern New Jersey. At the same time, I am led to a poor, inner-city church in downtown Detroit—where I live now—with a hole in its roof where the rain and snow fall in. It is run by a former convict turned pastor, Henry Covington, who does his penance by taking care of the homeless.
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.
What I learned from my time with Henry, what I learned from all those visits with my beloved clergyman, who I called "the Reb," is the backbone of "Have A Little Faith."
I'd like to share some of those lessons here with you.
Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter who has written six books, including the international best-seller "Tuesdays with Morrie," the best-selling memoir of all time. His first two novels, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "For One More Day," were instant number-one New York Times best-sellers. All three books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch oversees three charities in Detroit. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.