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About the Author

Sidney Callahan, Ph.D. is a psychologist and award-winning author of many books on spirituality and psychology, including the Christopher Award-winning With All Our Hearts and Minds: The Spiritual Works of Mercy in a Psychological Age. Presently she is a Distinguished Scholar at The Hastings Center. She lives in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, New York.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824525663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824525668
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Balamut on November 12, 2008
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One of the most perplexing issues in all monotheistic faith traditions is why a supposed loving God doesn't prevent or stop incredible human suffering. If you are looking for a pat answer here, you won't find it. Dr. Callahan offers us a different view on the problem of evil and suffering by instead arguing for a loving God who has created us for joy. Unlike a lot of popular psychology books that offer fluff instead of substance, this author argues intelligently and beautifully about the God of love and the God of comfort. It is not an easy read if you are looking for a how-to best seller. This book demands careful attention to the psychological and theological nuances that Dr. Callahan so carefully presents. Be prepared to return to biblical stories of suffering and academic studies around the human experience of evil, loss, and suffering. But it is worth it as she ultimately offers us to consider that God loves us so much that God created us for Joy. I first read Dr. Callahan's "On Conscience, that I loved and wasn't disappointed in her latest. I highly recommend this thoughtful, lovely, and hopeful book written by one who has suffered and made peace with loss and shows us how to embrace the joy that we created for.
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