Extended Audio Sample

Download Overcoming Life's Disappointments Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Overcoming Lifes Disappointments Audiobook, by Harold S. Kushner Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold S. Kushner Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781415936139
Regular Price: $15.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

From Harold S. Kushner, the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, an audiobook that shows us how to be our best selves even when things don’t turn out as we had hoped—that is, how we can overcome life’s disappointments.

Kushner turns to the experience of Moses to find the requisite lessons of strength and faith. Moses towers over all others in the Old Testament: he is the man on the mountaintop to whom God speaks with unparalleled intimacy, and he leads his people out of bondage. But he is also deeply human, someone whose soaring triumphs are offset by frustration and longing: his people ignore his teachings, he is denied entrance to the Promised Land, his family suffers. But he overcomes.

Through the example of Moses’ remarkable resilience, we learn how to weather the disillusionment of dreams unfulfilled, the pain of a lost job or promotion, a child’s failures, divorce or abandonment, and illness. We learn how to meet all disappointments with faith in ourselves and the future, and how to respond to heartbreak with understanding rather than bitterness and despair.

This is an audiobook of spiritual wisdom—as practical as it is inspiring.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BKOT_000774

Quotes & Awards

  • An articulate, no-nonsense treatise.... A readably inspirational homily leavened with subtle humor.... Kushner's book can serve to fortify us in times of loss and frustration.”
  • The Jerusalem Report

  • “Kushner’s Overcoming Life’s Disappointments gleans principles from the life of this exalted patriarch that can help us weather our own sojourns in the wilderness.”

    Barnes & Noble

  • “This readable and sensitive discussion of ‘Life is tough; let’s be strong enough not to be broken by it” should appeal to anyone who has ever been disappointed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Few writers in popular spirituality have been more prolific, more beloved, or more successful in reaching across the lines that divide one faith from another than Rabbi Kushner…[he] finds deep meaning and satisfaction in Moses’s heroism and duty and sees in him an example for us all. Distinctive in its approach and gracefully written, [Overcoming Life’s Disappointments] is perhaps Kushner’s best book in years. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • No human relationship is without betrayal, irritation and annoyance, but Kushner makes clear that it’s what we do about such obstacles that matter. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Compassionate and wise, Rabbi Kushner is a master of the story that heals. Deborah Tannen, author of You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
  • An articulate, no-nonsense treatise.... A readably inspirational homily leavened with subtle humor.... Kushner's book can serve to fortify us in times of loss and frustration. The Jerusalem Report
  • “No human relationship is without betrayal, irritation and annoyance, but Kushner makes clear that it’s what we do about such obstacles that matter.”

  • Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Compassionate and wise, Rabbi Kushner is a master of the story that heals.”
  • —Deborah Tannen, author of You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randa Kirchner | 2/13/2014

    " Truly enjoyed this perspective and learned a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/3/2014

    " Another in my series of reads by Rabbi Harold Kushner. His pearls of wisdom never fail to inspire and/or put things in perspective. He makes the point here that it's how we react to the events/things that happen to us in life that's important, not the events themselves. In other words, rotten things can happen to us or our families, but we do not have to be prisoner to that. We can define our own outcome. As in his other books, Kushner emphasizes again the need to look at life with an "attitude of gratitude," to consider more the blessings we do have rather than bemoan what we do not. I think I've got the point now, and while I don't plan to read another Kushner book anytime soon, I can always recommend them to others--esp. if one is going through a "low" time in one's life. Kushner has a way of helping a person find the bright side, even in the most dramatic, extreme and tragic of situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlie | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoy Rabbi Kushner's take on the world - in all his books that I've read. This is no exception - I was in tears in some parts. My only complaint about the book is that I think sometimes he takes the Moses analogy too far, to a point that became uninteresting for me. But a few pages of uninteresting are definitely worth the rest of the book's insights. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dannyg | 12/20/2013

    " I liked Kushner's earlier book "when bad things Happen to Good People", this one not so much. Seemed a bit disjointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inder | 12/2/2013

    " I'm a huge fan of Rabbi Kushner's - his books are all about finding what is truly important and focusing on that, letting go of the our superficial and hurtful urges. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/24/2013

    " "Humility is the realization that not everything that happens in life is all about you. Things may work out well, but you may not have been the primary reason for their success. Things may fail, but the failure may not have been your fault." (p. 120) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 6/24/2013

    " itself disappointing. when bad things happen to good people was so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 5/3/2013

    " Always like Kushner, and this one no exception. Daughter was reading it so decided to give it "a go." Based on the story of Moses. The theme will be helpful for class I will be doing in the fall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spider | 3/12/2013

    " Rabbi Kushner gives interesting stories & advice based on Moses & how he dealt with life. I liked the perspective & the stories, even though I'm not a believer of Old Testament stories, there are valuable grains of truth in stories. Also, my version was an audio CD, not cassettes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 suzy | 3/9/2013

    " Excellent! Practical and inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Goldberg | 8/5/2012

    " I listened to he audio version of this book and it was wonderful. If there ever was a 5-star read (or listen, in my case) it is this. Truly moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 9/29/2011

    " Not as good as his classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, but nice and insightful. Uses the story of Moses to teach about overcoming the frustrations of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Garboen | 2/3/2011

    " I did not finish the book, but I thought the early part had some good concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/11/2010

    " It has been years since I have read a Rabbi Kushner book. I enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonyajohnston | 11/30/2009

    " I heard Harold Kushner speaking on the radio and decided to read his book. I had read When Bad things happen to Good People many years ago. I enjoyed his religious spin on this book. I think this book will give anyone who is disappointed with how life is should read this book. I know it helped me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 9/7/2008

    " ah the world of self-help books which are so marginally helpful...nothing new in this one. just a different way to frame things. aka "what would Moses do?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/28/2008

    " kind of like a jewish self-help book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy Beardall | 10/17/2007

    " Another excellent Kushner book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 8/30/2006

    " I love two of Kushner's books, but everything else has been kind of a dud. Even though I finished about 70% of this one, I couldn't generate the interest to finish it up. Eh. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.