AB Conference: Friday With Mitch


Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and his latest bestseller Have A Little Faith, let AB Conference attendees in on the secret of happiness today. "What subject could be more important?" he asked during an engaging hour-long keynote address.

Well, according to Albom, none. By incorporating polished stories about Albert Lewis (the author's lifetime rabbi) and Henry Covington (the drug dealer turned pastor of Detroit's Pilgrim Church, which for years has been operating with a hole in its roof), Albom recited the only 16 words that Lewis told him are required to be happy: "Be satisfied. Be grateful for all that you have and all that God has given you."

Satisfaction, Albom went on to explain, is found more often in the search than the answer, in the journey and not the destination. But in some cases, the destination is nice, too: Thanks to a 10 percent share of all sales from Have a Little Faith and the generous donations from readers, the gaping hole in Pilgrim Church will be replaced in time for Christmas - with the names of every single donor emblazoned on a ceiling plaque. Now that's something to be happy about.

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