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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold S. Kushner Narrator: Harold S. Kushner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN: 9780375419904
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From the celebrated author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, a profound and practical book about doing well by doing good.

For decades now, from the pulpit and through his writing, Harold Kushner has been helping people navigate the rough patches of life: loss, guilt, crises of faith. Now, in this compelling new work, he ad-dresses an equally important issue: our craving for significance, the need to know that our lives and our choices mean something.
We sometimes do great things, and sometimes terrible things, to reassure ourselves that we matter to the world. We sometimes confuse fame, power, and wealth with true achievement. But finally we need to think of ourselves as good people, and we are troubled when we compromise our integrity in the pursuit of what we think of as success.

Harold Kushner tells us that the path to a truly successful and significant life is through friendship, through family, and through acts of generosity and self-sacrifice. He describes how, in affecting the life 
of even one person in a positive way, we make a difference in the world, and prove that we do in fact matter.
Persuasive and sympathetic, anecdotal and commonsensical, Living a Life That Matters inspires and uplifts.

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  • Living a Life That Matters is a wonderful, much-needed primer on the truly important things in life. Many thanks to Harold Kushner for reminding us what we should never forget: that success is not in the bulk of your wallet, but in the weight of your character. Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie

    "Rabbi Kushner's new book is full of the great stories and subtle wisdom that makes him a genuine spiritual leader for us all in a time of considerable confusion. He blends limitless compassion with sharp analysis to offer a way toward integrity. This is a book you don't want to put down or allow to be too far from you in times of crisis.

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Treasure | 2/16/2014

    " Good insite I really liked this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/10/2014

    " Did John recommend this to me? Amazing insights and though I do not typically care for proverbial stories, I really enjoyed the insights I gained from the bibical stories and short personal reflections from Kushner. I highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 2/10/2014

    " So far this book is a little "airy"..I haven't highlighted much and that's a bad sign, but the jury is still out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 2/5/2014

    " Pretty interesting all and all. Wouldn't read it again but it would be a good book to have by your beside table. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Norcross | 1/27/2014

    " Another well-crafted sermon by Rabbi Harold Kushner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Lunn | 1/27/2014

    " Couldn't get through this. I thought it would offer more advice, not just rehashing of dozens of Bible stories that I could not relate to my present day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/16/2014

    " This was a good book - just not exactly what I expected. I think I was expecting more of a "this is how you should do it," but it was more indirect and used a lot of parables. I'd recommend it if you're searching for meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/9/2014

    " This is the third (I think) of Kushner's books I've read now in the past year. He has a knack for taking literature and Biblical references and applying them to contemporary daily lives in a way that is both thought-provoking and inspiring. I found much of what he wrote to be affirming; it's easy to see why he's been so successful as both a rabbi and a sort of "self-help" author. This particular book helps one understand why knowing oneself is critical to being able to move forward in life, and why living one's own life rather than trying to "copy" someone else's is vital in feeling that "I'm ok, you're ok" (though he would never use those words, I don't think) as we move through life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 1/1/2014

    " While I didn't enjoy it as much as Kushner's other books, I still took pleasure in reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Siegel | 12/2/2013

    " We do matter in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine Marie Swenson | 11/7/2013

    " More excellent advise about life balance and finding meaning, this gentle book provides some countercultural and timeless messages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/21/2013

    " A good book to listen to on tape. Written by a Jewish Rabbi I believe. Don't remember much about this one. But the title says what it is about, something I'm sure we're all concerned with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasa Tovornik | 9/15/2013

    " thoughts on what matter and thus being responsible for your own life. nice ideas and a great reminder that in todays world ideals still should not be abondend, as we have to look in the mirror every now and than. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Wilson | 4/15/2013

    " I love the words of Harold Kushner. Though, I am not Jewish what he writes is timeless and for anyone who truly wants to become a better person. I finished this book last month but I already have started to reread the book. The book definitely should be read many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/21/2013

    " Not much new here, but the message is a great reminder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 11/14/2012

    " Great book! A very interesting take on life from a religious perspective "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/5/2012

    " Thought-provoking meditation on the nature of goodness and the meaning of life...no small questions, but some interesting answers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri_laughs_a_lot. | 8/4/2012

    " I loved this book. He stated the facts just plain and simple so you didn't have to look for the hidden meaning, or try to figure out what he meant. Plus he used examples that we can ALL relate to, not just certain groups of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Johnson | 5/24/2012

    " One of my favorite books by probably my most favorite writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/26/2011

    " This was a great book led me in a direction of inner peace I have so desperately sought sincne the death of my mother a few months ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/13/2011

    " Excellent book! Much wisdom imparted. Very well written. The material in this book is encouraging, comforting, and could benefit anyone who is open to life's lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 12/10/2011

    " Loved it! Kushner has a way of making all of us feel better about ourselves yet want to strive to be better. His use of the biblical Jacob to explain the internal conflicts within us all was fascinating. Kushner is an intelligent yet thoughtful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TurtleneckGirl | 12/4/2011

    " Wonderful integration of spirituality and purpose. I could read this again. Kushner incorporates many Old Testament references, especially regarding the story of Jacob. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duane | 9/9/2011

    " Has a lot of great examples of morality and meaning. Enjoyed Jacob's wrestling with the better angel of his Nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/25/2011

    " the best book by kushner i've read. a study of the life of jacob. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 7/7/2011

    " I picked this book to read for an English class. It is full of great stories and ideas, but it seemes a little hard to get the authors point because of all the stories. I liked it, however. It is written by a Jewish Rabbi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 4/6/2011

    " Good book, full of wisdom and common sense by well-known and much-loved Rabbi from Massachusetts. Required reading for Whole Health Education Certification program through the National Institute of Whole Health, which I enrolled in March 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/6/2011

    " Kushner's book uses biblical stories and personal experience to tackle the question that composes the title of his work. I found his insights poignant. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the finer points of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 3/15/2010

    " Kushner's book uses biblical stories and personal experience to tackle the question that composes the title of his work. I found his insights poignant. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the finer points of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/19/2010

    " Not much new here, but the message is a great reminder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 10/21/2009

    " Loved it! Kushner has a way of making all of us feel better about ourselves yet want to strive to be better. His use of the biblical Jacob to explain the internal conflicts within us all was fascinating. Kushner is an intelligent yet thoughtful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 9/13/2009

    " One of my favorite authors. He is most famous for writing "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." This book weaves philsophy and religion in a common sense practical approach that is applicable to everyday life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/6/2009

    " This was a good book - just not exactly what I expected. I think I was expecting more of a "this is how you should do it," but it was more indirect and used a lot of parables. I'd recommend it if you're searching for meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 7/9/2009

    " Another well-crafted sermon by Rabbi Harold Kushner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 6/28/2009

    " I love the words of Harold Kushner. Though, I am not Jewish what he writes is timeless and for anyone who truly wants to become a better person. I finished this book last month but I already have started to reread the book. The book definitely should be read many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 4/1/2009

    " Excellent advice from a kind and wise man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri_laughs_a_lot. | 3/27/2009

    " I loved this book. He stated the facts just plain and simple so you didn't have to look for the hidden meaning, or try to figure out what he meant. Plus he used examples that we can ALL relate to, not just certain groups of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 1/2/2009

    " More excellent advise about life balance and finding meaning, this gentle book provides some countercultural and timeless messages. "

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About the Author
Author Harold S. Kushner

Harold S. Kushner is the author of several bestselling books on coping with life’s challenges. He has been honored by the Christophers as one of the fifty people who have made the world a better place. He is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Isreal in Natick, Massachusetts.