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          "Have a Little Faith"

          November 25, 2011

          The heartwarming true story, Have a Little Faith, by best-selling author Mitch Albom, was inspired by the writer’s quest to reclaim his spirituality, and the two very different men who showed him how. Sunday night on ABC, the touching tale comes into your living room. Dr. Phil is joined by Albom and members of the film’s star-studded cast: Academy Award-winner, Martin Landau, Matrix star Laurence Fishburne and Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose. See behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film — and hear how the actors prepared to play the challenging roles. And, meet two former white supremacists who credit their newfound faith with turning their lives around.

          Mitch Albom guest blogs about faith and his good friend, the late Pastor Henry Covington.

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          The Pastor
          Acclaimed actor, Laurence Fishburne, plays the part of Pastor Henry Covington in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s, Have a Little Faith. How did he get into the role — and how has it affected his faith? Plus, Dr. Phil shares his personal thoughts of his friend, the late Pastor Covington.

          “I had an obligation, in the best way that I could, to capture his spirit.”

          The Writer

          Mitch Albom, best-selling author of Have a Little Faith, discusses why he feels the movie adaptation is so important. Plus, the writer sheds light on his personal relationship with Pastor Covington and Rabbi Lewis. And, Albom shares a special anecdote from his rabbi.

          “Whether you’re an African-American preacher or a Jewish rabbi from the suburbs, if you’re practicing faith, you have a lot more in common than you have different.”

          The Rabbi
          One of Hollywood’s all-time great movie stars, Martin Landau, shares what it was like playing Rabbi Albert Lewis. And, Albom discusses his life-long relationship with the rabbi and just how closely the movie parallels true events.

          “He loved life, and he loved teaching — and he did a job on Mitch.”

          The Pastor’s Wife
          Anika Noni Rose explains the challenges behind portraying a woman admired by so many. Plus, the actress shares one of the highlights of filming.

          “It was a phenomenal and fantastic acting challenge.”

          Giving Back
          Mitch Albom says he’s taken the lessons learned from Pastor Covington and Rabbi Lewis and tried to make a difference in the world. Learn of his charity in earthquake-ravaged Haiti — and his work with Dr. Phil at Pastor Covington’s Detroit church.

          These are not people of my faith, or kids of my faith — but it doesn’t matter to me. These are children of God, and they need food, and they need shelter.”

          Change through Faith
          Bryon was a white supremacist who says faith helped transform his life. Learn of the painful process to remove the hate-filled tattoos that covered his face and hands. And, Bryon shares his rock-bottom moment — and explains how anyone is capable of change.

          “If it wasn’t for my faith, I wouldn’t be here.”

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