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Overview Offers an inspirational and compassionate approach to understanding the problems of life, and argues that we should continue to believe in God's fairness.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews When Bad Things Happen to Good People: 20th Anniversary Edition, with a New Preface by the Author by Harold S. Kushner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 106
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 131
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Reviews - What do customers think about When Bad Things Happen to Good People: 20th Anniversary Edition, with a New Preface by the Author?
why human suffering? Apr 28, 2008
This might be the best theological attempt to deal with human suffering I know of. No facile answers, but an honest searching of ideas relating human suffering to God. Highly recommended.
bad doctrine Apr 22, 2008
I was going through a horrible time in my life and really hoped this book would comfort and bring light. I was wrong. The basic message is that bad things happen because God is not ABLE to do anything to help you. (like he can't keep up or something) I know that God never left me, and the things that happened (though uncomfortable as the thought was at the time) did happen for a reason. Read Job - God will restore double, he will never leave you. This man should not call himself a Rabbi and spout this nonsense which seems a comfort only for a moment till you fall into deep darkness. I didnt want to give it a star but had to to continue.
Get and provide comfort for grief Apr 15, 2008
This book carried me through a very emotionally exhausting time. I had 2 people I love most in the world suddenly leave me within a month. One from death, one by choice. The book helped me view God and beliefs in a different way that helped me make sense of things. While grieving, some people mean well, but their words and actions can hurt more than help. Buy this book to help comfort others experiencing grief.
It made me question my faith Apr 7, 2008
My son and his wife had lost their twins, and I was very upset, since I and everyone else had prayed so hard and so long for a miracle. God did not give us that miracle. I hated God. I was told to get this book and read it. I regret that very much. It lets God off the hook, saying He has no control over what happens on Earth, and He is just as sad about the twins dying as we are. Prayer changes nothing it says, just helps us deal with it as humans helping humans. It takes away the "miracles" possibilities and makes God more human than devine. If He is the ultimate power in the universe, then why can't he perform miracles? Why were we taught that it only takes the faith of a mustard seed for God to move a mountain. This book was very disheartening. According to this book God is not as powerful as we are led to believe. I have not been to church but twice since I read it. Only because it was a funeral or wedding. I listen to the Word of God and think it is all phoney now. I hate this book, it took away my faith in a kind loving all powerful God.
I am a big fan of H. Kushner Apr 5, 2008
I am a big fan of H. Kushner. This book was the first of several of his books I have read. I read the book during a very difficult time in my life and found it very helpful. I am not only a consumer of Mental Health Services but am a professional myself. H. Kushner's books are great to read for people that are not doing well because they are an easy read and at the time I read this book that is exactly what I needed. My reading comprehension was poor at the time due to extreme stress. I highly recommend this book.