have a little faith / a true story

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New York Hyperion Books, 2009.


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New York Hyperion Books, 2009.
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254 pages Hardcober cm.
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Level 4.9, 7 Points


Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor - a reformed drug dealer and convice - who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. Moving between worlds, Christian, Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom 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, Albom 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 recognize 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 rabbi's 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.

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