DECEMBER “Back to the Books” WINNER is…

Basic CMYKThe WINNER of our DECEMBER  “BACK to the BOOKS” award is HAVE A LITTLE FAITH – A True Story by Mitch Albom.

If you leave here tomorrow, who will remember you? Life is about connections, about living and about legacies. Having people you are connected to and something you are living for makes life worth living. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH – A True Story by Mitch Albom is about the power of simple, faith-based connections. The connections of three men, one who taught faith, one who lives faith and the other needing to “find” his faith.

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH is a book about choices, purpose and conviction. Two men from different backgrounds, lifestyles, denominations and ethnicities. The more we learn about these men the more we discover that their lives are not so different – the common undeniable thread is their faith in God. What God means to each man affects their choices, their compassion and their belief in humanity. Praying men… one always knew he was, the other thought prayers were for others… both were recipients of prayers answered when they needed them the most.

The two men: Rabbi Albert Lewis, his childhood rabbi from New Jersey and Pastor Henry Covington are the main characters, but Mitch Albom is the third person, the unwritten story within the story. Sandwiched between the two men and their faith-inspired convictions he starts to question what he has been running from and realizes that he has always been running to something, just not sure what. Rabbi Lewis and Pastor Covington, as we learn were just the messengers.

When Rabbi Lewis asked Mitch to deliver the eulogy at his funeral, he reluctantly agreed. Losing someone you love or care about is never easy, but it is the type of connection that renders the level of grief. Since his perspective was shaped by childhood memories, he must get to know him not as the larger than life man, but as the gentle spirit, his “rediscovered” friend. Albert Lewis’ story speaks to the end of life’s journey, the reflection of opportunities seized or missed, the wisdom of lessons learned and the evidence of God’s grace.

Pastor Henry Covington never asked for anything from Mitch, yet through Mitch his prayers were answered. While doing research on homeless shelters Mitch Albom stumbled upon Pastor Covington’s church in Detroit, MI. He learned about the man, his struggle, his ministry and his hope for the future. Henry Covington’s story speaks to the beginning of life’s faith journey, being open to opportunities, lessons waiting to be learned and being the recipient of God’s grace.

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1).
  • Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

Faith instilled in us never really leaves. We may call on it often and if we stay still long enough we realize that it has been there all along. Sometimes we miss the opportunity to connect because we don’t extend ourselves past the invisible line of our comfort zone. We selfishly wait for the other person to connect to us, whatever the reason why we hold back, life is beckoning us to reach out.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS  rates HAVE A LITTLE FAITH as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (150-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.

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