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Have a Little Faith: a true story by Mitch Albom
Transcript of Have a Little Faith: a true story by Mitch Albom
January 18, 2013
Book Talk No.1 In the novel HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Mitch Albom, the autobiography takes place in two different congregations. Albert Lewis is an eccentric, wise, and good-humored pastor of the Temple of Beth Shalom. Mitch has always run away from God, but when asked by Pastor Lewis to write his eulogy, he gets to be a part of his life for eight years. Through the journey he meets Henry Covington, an ex-convict, who stole, robbed, and was sent to jail for seven years. He’s the pastor of I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry. Henry’s ministry is faced with a 10 foot hole in the ceiling, immense debts to pay, and no heat to warm the homeless. The two congregations are united by one person, Mitch Albom, who learns to give and not expect getting. In this heartwarming novel about faith, hope, and God, many lives are changed by the power of two people. Synopsis: Mitch Albom- he is the protagonist of the story and is a dynamic character; At
the beginning of the novel, he was nonreligious and rebellious. Towards the end of the novel, that all changes and he ends up very religious after all. He also is compassionate, caring, and a good listener.
Albert Lewis- he is round character; his personality was already formed and given by the author. He was very energetic, loved to sing, and had a positive outlook on life. Even on his death bed he still maintained to be happy and die peacefully. Character List: If Mitch were a symbol, I think that
he'd symbolize God's spirit which is represented by the dove. He obtained the holy spirit throughout the novel through various lessons by the two pastors. God was the main basis of the novel and was truly in each of the character's heart. Symbolism: Title: Have A Little Faith: A True Story
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Non-Fiction Autobiography Settings: Major Conflicts and Resolutions: Climax: Themes A Poignant Point: Rating: A Quote: Continued Character List: Henry Covington- he is a
dynamic character; At the beginning of the novel Henry stole, robbed, did and sold drugs, and was locked up for seven years. From all his past, he became a preacher and loves God. He then becomes very compassionate, loving, and is truly a changed man. Out of the novel, Henry changed the most and in the end that saved his life. Works Cited 1965 Saturday morning services
1966 Mitch's house
Spring of 2000- February of 2008
Temple Beth Sholom
True Deliverance Church in Harlem
Rikers Island jail
I Am My Brother's Keeper Ministry Henry vs. Drugs: Henry was a major dealer and one day he made the fatal mistake of trying his own product. Without the help of God, he believed he would be in jail again. It took a lot of hard work, but with the help of God, he's remained clean.
Mitch vs. God: As a teenager, Mitch always tried to avoid Pastor Lewis, even as he got older. When asked to do the eulogy for the pastor, he wasn't running away. The rabbi taught Mitch lessons he'll always remember. The climax of the story was when both of the stories connected. While reading the novel, there would be a chapter on Mitch and Pastor Lewis, then one on a convict named Henry. While reading, you had no idea of how the two stories would connect. One day, When Mitch had went to go look at a ministry that needed donations, the pastor was Henry Covington. This was the turning point in the novel. My reaction was, "This finally makes sense." Without this part, the book would make no sense. Religion: Throughout the whole story, God has been there for each of the men.
Rebirth: Henry Covington is a perfect epitome of someone undergoing rebirth. As soon as he accepted God into his life and was removed of his sins, he was a new person.
Loss of Hope: Out of all the men, Henry had a major loss of hope. When he had been sent to jail for something he didn't even do, he asked where God was. Henry gave up on Him. For a portion of his life, he believed God didn't care about him. On a scale of 1 to 3, I rate this book a 3 because it was one of the most interesting nonfiction novels I've read. I used to always avoid nonfiction books at the school library, but when Dr. Womble made them a requirement, I had no way around them. The book was nothing I expected it to be either. I expected a boring book, but instead I got an interesting novel that may have changed my opinion about nonfiction books. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they may be interested or maybe who had the same thoughts as me. "Think of how important celebrities become. We sing to get famous; expose our worst secrets to get famous; lose weight; eat bugs, even commit murder to get famous. Our young people post their deepest thoughts on public Web sites. They run cameras from their bedrooms. It's as if we are screaming, Notice me! Remember me! Yet the notoriety barely lasts." (Albom 128). "But the Reb, I'd learned, was like a tough old tree; he bent with the storms but he would not snap." (55).
Explanation~ To me, the quote meant that even though the Reb endured hard times in his life, he didn't break under pressure. I really liked the way the author worded it too. Out of the book, this was one of my favorite quotes. Literary Devices: Continued Literary Devices: Foreshadowing:
On page 33, Henry's grandmother predicted Henry would be a pastor, and Henry replied "With the stuff I'm smoking?". Little did he know that later on he would be.
On page 7, when the Reb asked if Mitch would do his eulogy, it was foreshadowing his death.
On page 118, it said, "I had never seen such a hole in a religious building. It looked like the hull of a ship blown apart by a cannon shot." It was comparing the size of the hole in the ceiling to one a cannon makes. The point is, the hole is very huge and needs fixing. Flashbacks:
On page 5, Mitch had a flashback of Saturday morning services in 1965. He was seven and remember grabbing prayer books and listening to the Rabbi.
On page 21, Mitch was shunned out of the kitchen because his mother and grandmother were doing a ritual to honor the death of his grandfather.
On page 76, Mitch had a flashback when he was at his religious high school. He was listening to a story about God loving everyone and made the comment, "Years later, I will forget the class, forget the teacher's name, forget the girl across the room. But I will remember that story." Translation of Point: The point is a very true statement and I agree with it. In this world, you are remembered by what you do, good or bad. For instance, Michael Jackson is remembered for his music and voice. On the other hand, Lindsey Lohan is a popular topic for tabloids right now. She was a great actor, but she's been in and out of court for a while. She will most likely be remembered for her DUI's and probation violations. Depending on what you do, you will either be remember for good/bad or forgotten. Continued Literary Terms: Imagery:
On page 110, the author described Henry as, "...Fifty years old-although his face was still boyish, with a thin, close-cropped beard and he was tall as a basketball player, but he had to weigh more than four hundred pounds." The description he gave made a visual picture for the reader. There was also a simile involved. It compared Pastor Henry's height to a basketball player's which meant he was very tall. Continued Literary Terms: Imagery:
On page 118, the author described the scene as, "Paint peeled everywhere. The plaster was cracking. The floorboards had deteriorated, and the carpet had dips that could twist your ankle. I looked up and saw a hole in the ceiling. A huge hole. Maybe ten feet long." The description also gave you an image to visualize and with the way it was worded, it clarified the picture. Albom, Mitch. Have A Little Faith: A True Story.
New York: Hyperion, 2009. Print.