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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:
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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 Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.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

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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