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The #1 bestselling inspirational classic from the nationally known spiritual leader; a source of solace and hope for over 4 million readers.
When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. In these pages, Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
“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
“When Bad Things Happen to Good People offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life’s windstorms.” —Elisabeth KŸbler-Ross
“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
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if you have ever had a "come to Jesus moment" (a Why? Why!!! WHY!!!) experience with God, or find yourself just point blank asking yourself: why did God let this happen to us/me? ---- then I would strongly recommend you read this book.
book is short- a quick read- but I actually read it with a highlighter and sticky notes so I could go back and re-examine certain sections- was really thought-provoking- and made me consider scenarios I never quite contemplated before.
Kushner's book is now a classic amongs religious studies, philosophical readings, and now even health care workers - this is for good reason - book is well-written, well narrated, and thought provoking. it is not too difficulty to follow either-
author is a Jewish rabbi and provides his take on why bad things happen to people: they just do. it's nature. it's part of life. and it is NOT a punishment from God (despite what you might have been previously taught or how you previously interrupreted the Bible in Catholisim.....). I found his overall take on life's negative events very enlighting.
Overall: God does not make bad things happen to us- he does not will babies or people to die, he does not crash planes, he does not give us cancer, he does not cause miscarriages, he does not punish us because we did not live up to his expectation of us. God helps us get through these events. God made nature and this world as His creation that included flaws and biological contraints to the human body. God gives us strength, perserverance, and self-will to keep going- he provides us with family and friends to give us love and support. He aides us in taking our experiences and helping us to help others.
Keep an open mind- give it a shot. What do you have to loose?
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