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ISBN-13: 978-0802808967 ISBN-10: 0802808964 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; Reprint edition (December 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802808964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802808967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This valuable book deserves to be widely read and appreciated.' James F. Childress, University of Virginia 'Hauerwas' book is a theological classic.' Duncan Forrester, University of Edinburgh" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke University. Among his many books are Resident Aliens, A Community of Character, Living Gently in a Violent World, and A Cross-Shattered Church.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Venugopal on April 22, 2007
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This is a really well thought out book. Hauerwas explores suffering in its most outrageous form : child suffering. For most of life human beings can explain away suffering as a product of this or that. Child suffering is different as it provokes a different reaction in us. Instead of wanting to accept it as a course of life we become shocked and disgusted with such suffering. Maybe it has to do with the innocence of a child.. the feeling that life has been cut short. Hauerwas explores why child suffering bothers us as humans and what we should do about the place of medical treatment. I've really appreciated his exploration of modernity's (false) promises about the power of medicine. Pills, medical therapy, and other forms of medical treatment can only do so much. I saw it too often in the pharmacy I work in - people buying into the fake promises that medicine can offer a perfect life. Even though I really like this book, I am not sure if I agree with Hauerwas's conclusion about the answer or meaning in such suffering. He seems to see no fruit in trying to justify or give suffering meaning by affirming God's sovereignty. Rather he says the question of God's interaction with our suffering (especially child suffering) is poor and can only lead to problems of theodicy. Despite my uneasiness with such a response, I am glad I picked up this book.

"The psalms of lament do not simply reflect our experience; they are meant to form our experience of despair. They are meant to name the silences that our suffering has created.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nelson on April 16, 2000
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This book was a great read. As someone with little knowledge of medicine, but a great interest in God's presence with the dying and suffering, this book stretched me while engaging me in interesting conversation.
I do not share all the author's views on the role of medication, but I am very thankful to have read his well thought out questions and proposals.
If you, or someone you know, is theologically-minded and has suffered through the loss of a child or an elderly adult, this book will help address tough questions you may have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Wolff on July 31, 2013
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I got this book as a companion book for a class I was taking in Seminary. Examines suffering and the role it has in the believer's life. I don't necessarily agree with every conclusion made in this book, but a good study on the problems of suffering in the Christian's life.
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By MSN on March 26, 2015
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If a reader is seeking an explanation for one of life's most challenging questions, why does God allow innocent children to die from terrible diseases?, you may or may not find the answer you are seeking. However, you will find yourself riding a tidal wave of emotion as you read this book. Sometimes the author is difficult to follow and sometimes he is crystal clear. It will challenge your thinking and your theology.
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