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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold S. Kushner Narrator: Harold S. Kushner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553755848
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As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare disease did he confront one of life’s most difficult questions: Where do we find the resources to cope when tragedy strikes?

“I knew that one day I would write this book,” says Rabbi Kushner. “I would write it out of my own need to put into words some of the most important things I have come to believe and know. And I would write it to help other people who might one day find themselves in a similar predicament. I am fundamentally a religious man who has been hurt by life, and I wanted to write a book that could be given to the person who has been hurt by life, and who knows in his heart that if there is justice in the world, he deserved better … If you are such a person, if you want to believe in God’s goodness and fairness but find it hard because of the things that have happened to you and to people you care about, and if this book helps you do that, then I will have succeeded in distilling some blessing out of Aaron’s pain and tears.”

Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions. In his new preface to this anniversary edition, Rabbi Kushner relates the heartwarming responses he has received over the last two decades from people who have found inspiration and comfort within these pages.

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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
  • “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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/20/2014

    " A classic - and if it isn't, it should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefania | 2/12/2014

    " Read this after my brother's accident and changed me forever. I believe saved me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/6/2014

    " Everyone should read this book because at some point in all of our lives we need the wisdom in it - what to say to someone when a loved one has died, how to explain to your kids why some things happen and hard to understand "why God would let that happen",invaluable and inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunny morris | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this entire book. He talked a lot about how people wrongly blame God for their misfortunes or believe is is their fault that these things happen to them. It is so hard to hear people say "everything happens for a reason". No, accidents happen, sickness happens, its no ones fault. This world is unpredictable. Anyone wanting to comfort a friend or family member after they have lost someone should read this book. It is so easy to say the wrong thing. My favorite condolence (or least favorite I guess) after losing my brother was "Heavenly Father needed him in heaven to be a missionary". That was not comforting. Don't give reasons, just be there to listen and comfort. And don't blame God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/23/2013

    " Have long heard about Harold Kushner, and have often heard him quoted during sermons at churches, but had never read any of his works firsthand. Thought of reading this now, as we are trying to help Gordon's parents come to terms with their essential incapacitation at relatively young ages. (Of course, everything seems younger to me now!) I could appreciate Kushner's perspective on bad things; to sum, he encourages us to not blame God, to not be jealous of other's relative good fortune, and, when comforting others in times of sorrow or trouble, to assure them it's not because they are bad people, deserve it, are "strong," or have in some other way done something to bring the misfortune upon themselves. Kushner says sometimes rotten things happen for no clear reason, that life is unfair at times, and we just have to find a way to push forward. Having dealt with the loss of his own son from a tragic illness at age 14 (many years ago now), Kushner definitely has credibility on this topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/19/2013

    " Deep ideas but presented in an understandable way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/19/2013

    " 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 Heidi | 11/28/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 11/2/2013

    " I read this book many years ago but came out with a new outlook this time... Now that this is happened, what can I do now? Don't look for justice or answers - there's only love. Forgive God and receive his love for you. Pretty powerful stuff when you're down in the dumps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 10/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/11/2013

    " This is a classic that needs to be read by everyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim George | 10/7/2013

    " This is a great book to give to a friend who has lost a loved one, or is suffering in the middle of some fiasco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Strong | 9/3/2013

    " Helpful.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 6/26/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitti Lynn | 4/24/2013

    " 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 Pvb6dx33 | 12/28/2012

    " I wish this had been required reading for me long ago. He talks clearly about the baggage and BS attached to the tragic side of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Cox-woodlief | 12/16/2012

    " This is a great book to share with anyone who has had bad things happen in their lives. It's a classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 12/10/2012

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Dennis | 4/6/2012

    " Completely thought provoking and inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/26/2012

    " Very thought provoking! Just what I needed to read. I like how he "argues" with himself on the views of our childhood in relation to God. "

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

    " A new and interesting perception of how to deal with life's events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 1/25/2012

    " I didn't get it. Everything is random according to the author - it may be so but it's a bitter pill to swallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/5/2012

    " This book is incredible, even coming from a non-religious perspective. Probably one of my new favorites and I look forward to owning my own copy, because I know I'll want to read it again some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/14/2011

    " A good read. A good way to look at life. Only 162 pages. I read it 20 years ago and enjoyed it then as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fabienne | 5/13/2011

    " I had heard this book recommended over and over, but found myself in disagreement with many of it's premises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/3/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/2/2011

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 4/17/2011

    " I was disappointed to find that when it is all said and done, Kushner believes we serve a God who just isn't powerful enough to stop bad things from happening...

    Mr. Kushner has never met the God of the Bible or he would have wrote a completely different book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 3/14/2011

    " You simply have to have this book on your shelf for when you encounter a tragedy or hardship you can't understand, or when someone close to you does. It brought me solace during a challenging time in a way that nothing else was able to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 3/7/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brane' | 2/28/2011

    " this book was such an immense help to me when Ryan passed away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burdafamily | 2/3/2011

    " I read this book after my son died & it gave me solace. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 1/26/2011

    " I should have investigated this before reading: religious books about grief are not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayelet | 1/25/2011

    " A friend gave me this book when my dad died. It helped a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/19/2011

    " During a very tough loss in my life this book gave me a new insight and a deeper faith in God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loriann | 1/12/2011

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

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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.