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When Bad Things Happen to Good People Paperback – August 24, 2004
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I read the original version of this book in the early 80's (several times since), and what struck me was that Rabbi Kushner was able to reconcile a common Judeo-Christian view of God and causality with a perspective of life that holds a place for randomness and happenstance. Yes! Things happen in life that God has nothing to do with, and there is a way to find peace in accepting this. For those who enjoy contemplating and discussing the purpose of life, faith, and good & bad, you MUST read this book . . . then set aside some more time for thought and conversation.
If you've ever experienced the untimely loss of a loved one, or been through any traumatizing life experience, get this book. It is personal, thought-provoking, well-written, and very easy to understand. I am certain you will find comfort.
If you're just simply interested in learing about God and the meaning of things in your life from a wonderful man and a great writer, get this book.Read more ›
This book is a comfort for all people who have been forced to swallow such stupid sentiments in their times of grief and loss. It is an exploration of how we comfort each other in such terrifying times, and the dumb mistakes we make. Most of these sentiments wax on about God, why He created a world in which such pain exists: Is this all part of a greater good, a higher order? Is God testing you, expanding your soul for your own good? Has He taken your loved ones to a better place? This book gets right to the heart of the matter, that people in fact say such things as disguised justification for their own lack of understanding. They say things in defense of God to keep their world in order and the senseless tragedy in your life out of theirs. For example, someone might tell you, "God gave this grief to you as a test, because He loved you so very much, and knew you would become a better person for it," (to which the author replies, "If only I had been a weaker person, my daughter would still be alive.")
And yet, author Harold Kushner weaves this with a deep exploration of God and how He helps us and loves us. This is no cheap excuse for shallow religion. The knowledge Kushner shares has obviously been earned through incredible personal pain.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book to all who question God. If you find yourself asking, "How could there be a God when bad things happen to good people?" get this book ASAP!! Rabbi Kushner offers a logical and intelligent answer to this question. He makes sense. If you think you are not a religious person this book will change that.
I am passing this book onto my mother. I know this will bring her comfort.
Thank you Rabbi Kushner for this wonderful insightful book. It has helped me with my grieving!
GOD BLESS YOU!!
This book has a good philosophy. Sometimes things happen for no reason. God is not sitting in heaven sending us bad things. God loves us and cares about us when bad things happen.
Rabbi Kushner says that when bad things happen, we'll ask, "God, why did you let this happen to me?" when a better response is to say, "God, help me with this".
This book helps the reader to remember that when we are dealing with any type of loss, e.g., loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of home, God loves us and will help us deal with our loss.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read this book many years ago and it was so helpful. Recently had a friend experiencing several consecutive bad events so I purchased it for her. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by G Buddy Nichols
Great wisdom from a good and decent man who has done his share of suffering.Published 10 days ago by Deacon Blue
An Awesome and truthful read. A "Cup" from which to drink to prepare us for what may come our way in the future. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Anthony
Generated very interesting conversations among our book group. Kushner offers much to think aboutPublished 15 days ago by V. Aquino
Pretty good book to read when you're going through a rough time. But, this is written by a Jewish Rabbi, and a lot of the answers he was looking for can be found in the New... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David Hunter
Loved the book. Very inspirational & understanding. Would recommend. Thank u.Published 28 days ago by Kristine S. Simonson
I was totally on track with this guy in the first few chapters of the book. I always hated the religious cliches people used to explain away people's hurts or blame them on God. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Spitzner
The basic argument of the book is that bad things happen to good people because of others' poor choices and/or bad luck. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G.Young