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When bad things happen to good people (original 1981; edition 1981)

by Harold S. Kushner

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Title:When bad things happen to good people
Authors:Harold S. Kushner
Info:New York : Schocken Books, 1981.
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner (1981)

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    Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: Kushner's book just commiserates, Yancey offers a more uplifting message. He has studied pain and sorrow and tries to make sense of it.

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I recently have had some tragedy in my life and this book helped. I was questioning things and this book put those questions in a proper prospective and helped me ask the "right" questions. ( )
  Nebraska_Girl1971 | May 12, 2014 |
I read this book for the first time about ten years ago. I was an atheist then and I'm an atheist now, but I still think that this is a fantastic book - especially for those who ARE spiritual.

As an atheist it's a fascinating look into the mind of the faithful and how they reconcile tragedy and god. I also think that I like the god described in this book a lot more than I like the evangelical's god ... anyway. Spiritual or atheist -- read this book. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
  cavlibrary | May 22, 2013 |
Good Reading! ( )
  MaryAnn12 | Apr 4, 2013 |
Excellent discussion of G-d's role or lack thereof in day-to-day life in Jewish terms. ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 31, 2013 |
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And David said: While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me and the child will live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me. (II Samuel 12:22-23)
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There is only one question which really matters: why do bad things happen to good people?
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Rarely does a book come along that tackles a perennially difficult human issue with such clarity and intelligence. Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi facing his own child's fatal illness, deftly guides us through the inadequacies of the traditional answers to the problem of evil, then provides a uniquely practical and compassionate answer that has appealed to millions of readers across all religious creeds. Remarkable for its intensely relevant real-life examples and its fluid prose, this book cannot go unread by anyone who has ever been troubled by the question, "Why me?"

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This book features Rabbi Kushner's perspective on how people can better deal with evil that enters their lives.

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