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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:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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