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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,953 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9780307701992
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When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
Since its original publication in 1981,When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Whether religious or not, this book will speak because it touches–profoundly, but simply–on questions no parent and no person can avoid. Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life’s windstorms. Elisabeth KŸbler-Ross
  • A touching, heartwarming book for those of us who must contend with suffering, and that, of course, is all of us. Andrew M. Greeley
  • This is a book all humanity needs. It will help you understand the painful vicissitudes of this life and enable you to stand up to them creatively. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Whether religious or not, this book will speak because it touches–profoundly, but simply–on questions no parent and no person can avoid. Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life’s windstorms. Elisabeth KŸbler-Ross
  • A touching, heartwarming book for those of us who must contend with suffering, and that, of course, is all of us. Andrew M. Greeley
  • This is a book all humanity needs. It will help you understand the painful vicissitudes of this life and enable you to stand up to them creatively. Norman Vincent Peale

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/18/2014

    " In all honesty, this is probably my favorite book of this sort. And when I say this sort, I guess I'm talking about the type of book that tries to make religious sense out of our psychotic, awesome world. And I guess that includes The Bible and The Book of Mormon, as well. That statement will sound heretical to some and actually be so to others, but this book just makes sense, to me. I have never read a religiously based book--albeit I have not read many--that makes logical sense and which provides answers that don't contingently rely on "God works in mysterious ways" and "we will know when we die." This book, at least for me, approached questions from a different, more immediately gratifying angle, suggesting that God is not all powerful and can no more fix all our pain and suffering than change the laws of nature that He created for us in the first place, even if He wanted to. It does not imply that God does not want to help us and miraculously take away our cancers, but rather that he is not allowed at this time. He is there simply to give support and comfort in these times of need. That is what I got from the book, and it is the clearest and most logical theology on the topic that I have heard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting book, and an interesting theory of God's ability to (or not) affect the chaos in everyday life. In short, when bad or tragic things happen, instead of asking "why me", ask "what am I going to do about it now" and ask for strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/11/2014

    " This book was like most I've read on the subject of God, answers some questions and creates more. A lot of good points though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriene | 2/8/2014

    " I thought this was a really amazing look at common cultural arguments rooted in Judeo-Christian theology for why people suffer and systematically but understandably tears them down, with both the author's personal beliefs and that same theology. I found that it really shines a different light on many traditional Bible stories, like The Garden of Eden and the story of Job, while not being dismissive of religion. (The writer is a rabbi after all.) It really helped me see things in a different light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 2/8/2014

    " Very true...I can relate on so many levels. It also made me feel better about myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 2/5/2014

    " I can see how this book would be motivational for some people. However, my perspective on things is a bit different and I didn't quite agree with the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janina | 2/3/2014

    " Awesome book!!! Very motivational!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 1/29/2014

    " Harold Kushner is eminently readable and accessible for those of us who are not advanced philosophy students. His writings feel like gifts of wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanoud Naif | 1/22/2014

    " It is should be in everyone's bookshelf! Wonderful book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/20/2014

    " This book really helps make sense of things that make no sense at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Duquette | 1/8/2014

    " One of a handful of books I believe every human being on the planet ought to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Strong | 1/1/2014

    " Helpful.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/26/2013

    " This book really helped me. My husband and I are trying to have our first child and we have miscarried twice in5 months. It's been really toughnut this book helped me to make sense of something so senseless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 12/24/2013

    " I may have read this before in the distant past. Interesting read, especially right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne Self | 12/11/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. I recommend it for those who have lost a close family member. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 12/4/2013

    " This was a fantastic book for me when I went through a terrible time last summer. It changed my life. If you're struggling with something and you can't understand why bad things happen to good people, this is the book for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Anne | 4/11/2013

    " I first read this book in the mid-1980's. It was given to me by my therapist. Reading the book gave me hope at a time in my life when I was struggling greatly. And even though some of the spiritual concepts differ from my own religion, that aspect didn't take away from the healing message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli | 2/23/2012

    " Put things into perspective... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donquierafaber | 12/6/2011

    " I'm not sure I agree with the conclusions Rabbi Kushner draws, but it's definitely a philosophically interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soon | 5/4/2011

    " rabbi talking about suffering in the world... i actually wrote one of my college apps on this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitti Lynn | 5/3/2011

    " This book explains exactly what God is to me. It's an excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arline | 3/9/2011

    " A book I think everyone should read. Deals with the questions we all ask ourselves and gives logical responses. A very human book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Milligan | 12/23/2010

    " Too religious for me to love it, but a lot of the broader principles really made me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LoriAnn Kocialski | 5/27/2010

    " This is a FANTASTIC book ... if you are going through a rough time and question "Why me?" Read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Rue | 3/13/2010

    " A wonderful book with clear, concise, logical thought and explanation. I found this in my Grandfathers book shelf. It had never been read. Too bad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 2/24/2010

    " Very comforting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/5/2010

    " A huge comfort in a small package. This book was written by a rabbi that lost his son to a rare disease. He explains why well-meaning people say a lot of wrong things and says a lot of right things. The main thing friends do can do right for a bereft friend is be there and listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Millie | 12/19/2009

    " I would assume that if you're religious this book is quite comforting and thought-provoking. Since I'm not though, it is little more than a theological debate that has no role to play in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 10/16/2009

    " This book helped me through a very difficult time and helped me come to terms with the loss of my father. "

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