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Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor - a reformed drug dealer and convict - who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.
Moving between their worlds, Christian and 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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By Christine on 01-07-10
I listened to this book the week leading up to Christmas and I have to say, I could not have picked a better time. It really made me think... it reminded me, as I sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic due to holiday shopping, just what the holidays are REALLY about. As good as Tuesdays with Morrie was, the time you'll spend here with "The Reb" will touch your heart and never let go.
I've read everything Mitch Albom has ever written and this is, by far, my favorite!
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By Florida Mike on 12-26-09
Worth your listen
I have READ Mr. Albom's three previous little books; I eagerly awaited this one to read. When it appeared on the Audible site, I decided to try to LISTEN, and glad I did.
His narration means, of course, that I get to hear what he wants me to hear, the nuances he wants me to experience. This is not an interpretation of a work by a reader/narrator - This is the book from the mouth of the writer. Wonderful.
To read the words of the Rabbi singing would not have in any way approached what I instantly got from Mr. Albom, in fact, doing some of the singing.
Incredible listening experience. Somewhere online (you can find it) are a number of interviews with the Rabbi, including his last message to his congregation. I only got there, I only heard them, as a result of this audio book that gave me the curiosity to seek it out.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful