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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chrysalis Books; 1st Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877853320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877853329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much of the doubt of God in the world lies in the evils and horror of tragedies in the world.  Why Does God Let It Happen? is a spiritual and religious guide that hopes to answer that question to why evil continues to have such a powerful presence in the world, and why is there seemingly a lack of intervention from God.  Thoughtful and spirit lifting, Why Does God Let It Happen? is a fine addition to any spirituality collection.

-Wisconsin Bookwatch: July 2010

About the Author

Bruce Henderson is the author of Window to Eternity, which deals with death and the afterlife. A journalist for most of his career, he served as an editorial page editor and columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times. For the past ten years he has been the director of development and now director of communications for the Academy of the New Church and the General Church of the New Jerusalem in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on April 14, 2011
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Bruce Henderson carefully and compassionately lays out the Swedenborgian concept of "permissions," in which God does not will nor send tragic events, and yet allows bad things to happen in order to preserve the crucial element of human freedom. And still, God only allows painful things to happen if some good can be brought out of them. A key factor in getting through tragedy is not to look for God in the problems, but in the solutions. Henderson also dispels the idea that God sends us harsh situations to teach us lessons, because God never sends harsh situations. Harsh and painful situations are always a result of human choices toward evil, and those choices must be allowed or freedom would not exist. And even the results of evil choices are only allowed if God can ultimately turn them to good ends. This book asks us to see tragedy in a higher light, and to wonder: "What good end might be made possible through this suffering, and how can we co-operate with God in working toward that end?"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 28, 2010
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Much of the doubt of God in the world lies in the evils and horror of tragedies in the world. "Why Does God Let It Happen?" is a spiritual and religious guide that hopes to answer that question to why evil continues to have such a powerful presence in the world, and why is there seemingly a lack of intervention from God. Thoughtful and spirit lifting, "Why Does God Let It Happen?" is a fine addition to any spirituality collection.
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[This review makes reference to the book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. Readers wishing to explore or buy this highly recommended book can find it here:
http://www.amazon.com/When-Things-Happen-Good-People/dp/1400034728/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405452689&sr=1-1&keywords=when+good+things+happen+to+bad+people ].

Here is a tale to be told: One day, John Anybody was standing on the subway platform waiting his usual evening subway train. He’s way at the front end of the station; for some strange reason, John always likes to be in the first car. He’s standing a bit close to the edge, maybe a bit too close, but he’s sure to see the train coming in plenty of time to step back for safety’s sake.
Suddenly John becomes aware of voices yelling. Many voices. He hears them crying out for help, running to the edge themselves to try to signal the oncoming train to stop. A man has fallen onto the tracks – let’s say accidentally – and is now running to try to stay ahead of the train to get to the emergency ladder at the front end of the platform. In fact, right where our friend John is standing.
Time seemed to stand still. John clearly saw a man trying in vain to outrun the train. He heard the man’s last screams. He saw the man’s hands thrust towards him in what would be this human being’s last, desperate act before leaving this world in a manner usually reserved for insects. John remembers those hands. There was just time for him to throw his newspaper aside and grab them – even one of them – and pull with all his might to save this man. He remembers thinking about it in that last instance before witnessing the man being pulled under the wheels of a three ton subway car. Then he saw how close the train really had come.
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We all have challenges in life as we grow. God does not cause the problems but allows them to help you learn and grow through the difficult times. Clear and easy to understand.
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