Our next Laidback Book Club
begins May 2.
We will be reading
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
Grab a book, electronic copy, or listen along. If you would like to join our Facebook group that would be great, but not necessary. We will gather Thursday, June 3 7:00-8:30 outdoors at the Parish Center weather permitting. There is a possibility that we will zoom if the weather isn’t cooperating.
“In HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable journey between two worlds- two men, two faiths, two communities- that will inspire readers everywhere…this is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.”
Some Things to Think About: (From Reading Group Guide at mitchalbom.com)
- “In ‘A Little History,’ Albom describes his early religious education, and his resistance to it. Did you receive any religious instructions as a child? If so, did you enjoy it, or did you experience it the same way Mitch did, going to lessons feeling like a ‘dragged prisoner?’ (page 11)
- “Have a Little Faith asks, ‘What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together?’ How would you begin to answer this question?”
- “How would you react if someone you knew asked you to write their eulogy? How would you go about doing so?”
- “Talking about one’s religious faith is a personal endeavor: do you find it easy or difficult to talk to others about religion, specifically your relationship to it? Are you comfortable discussing religion with someone with different beliefs?
- The Reb says that ritual is vital because, “faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” On page 45 the Reb says, “From generation to generation, these rituals are how we remain…” And Mitch fills in, “connected.”
- Our Catholic faith is chock full of ritual. How do you feel about ritual and its place in your faith? Do you feel as though it keeps you connected to loved ones?
- On page 102 I just loved the Reb’s secret to happiness… “Be satisfied. Be grateful for what you have, for the love you receive, and for what God has given you.” That’s it! What do you think about this statement? Would you add anything to it?