My new book, Have a Little Faith
Writing a new book is always a big deal for me. I don’t do it that often. And because you have been kind to me in the past, reading my work or interacting through my website, I am proud and happy to share with you the first look at my upcoming book, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH. You can watch an exclusive video in which I read the first pages by heading to my website, www.mitchalbom.com.
Let me tell you a bit about it.
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH is the non-fiction follow-up to Tuesdays with Morrie – my first non-fiction book in 12 years. And it is, in my view, the most important thing I’ve ever written.
It begins with a dying request. A wise and aged man of God asks for a eulogy.
And he asks me.
Naturally, I am stunned. Who am I to send him off to heaven? I’d been raised with faith but drifted away when I got busy with life.
His request, which I hesitatingly agree to honor, plunges me back into the world of belief—two worlds, to be exact. One is his—my old world, my old congregation, in my old hometown—a suburban, middle-class temple in southern New Jersey.
The second world is a poor, inner-city church in downtown Detroit—where I live now—with a huge hole in its roof where rain and snow fall in, often on the homeless people who make it their sanctuary. It is run by a former convict turned pastor, who battles to keep its doors open.
These two places, these two different men, are the floor¬boards of Have a Little Faith. A pastor and rabbi, one black, one white, one poor, one comfortable, one Christian, one Jew, both trying to inspire their followers against the odds.
As the rabbi nears his death, as the pastor faces the collapse of his decaying church, I am drawn by how similar their lives actually are. I see the comfort belief gives them.
And as I craft the farewell words of the eulogy, I find that beneath all our arguing and prejudices, faith truly is universal—a human desire to believe in something bigger.
Here is why this book is, to me, important. We live at a time when many things feel threatened—our jobs, our security, our future. We also live at a time when science and technology can do so much, you wonder why we need religion at all.
Yet we turn to faith more and more. Why? That journey is the soul of the book, one I hope will be embraced by many read¬ers with the same question.
I invite you to be among the first to share this story. If you head to my website, you’ll find more information, including an exclusive video in which I read the first pages. I’ll also be releasing excerpts in the coming months. I hope that you’ll share your thoughts about HAVE A LITTLE FAITH on www.MitchAlbom.com.
And I thank you, as always, for all you have done for my books.