Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Have A Little Faith

I found this book a leisurely and delightful read. It also had many great points about faith and people of different faiths.

One of my favorite lines in this story read, "faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe." So True! How many times do we see examples of this in our lives...people claiming one thing but acting in completely different ways. Besides, we've always learned as Latter Day Saints that "faith without works is dead". I enjoy reading books like this about other people and their faith especially when I find that they believe in things that are so similar to what we believe. You can always tie things into the gospel.

One thing I noticed in this book, (there was actually a paragraph that talked a little about this) was that the different religious leaders were extremely devoted to their congregations. You could see just how much their faith meant to them and how it put them at peace with themselves. That is what having something to believe in does for people. I recently read an article in the Reader's Digest about happy people. One of the things on their list that makes people happy is religion...people who have something to believe in are generally happier than those who don't. I believe this is true, and I think that's one of the points Mitch Albom was getting at in this book. When you have faith you find joy!

1 comment:

Elle said...

I completely agree that religious communities bring happiness. I related to Mitch's feelings of distance from his friends that lost their jobs. Its like with friends from high school, we don't have that much in common anymore and we go our separate ways. However I have several friends attending private Christian colleges and we find things in common still, and people from my ward at home don't seem to change one bit when I go back to visit. Spirituality connects people.