When Bad Things Happen to Good People   -     By: Harold S. Kushner
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Random House, Inc / 2004 / Paperback

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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. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superceded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1400034728
ISBN-13: 9781400034727
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When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he 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. 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 Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader.

Author Bio

Harold S. Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, where he lives. His books include The Lord Is My Shepherd, Living a Life That Matters, and How Good Do We Have to Be?

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“One of Kushner’s strengths has been his ability to empathize, to understand the pain of others on a personal level, and to share his gentle wisdom in an accessible manner.” —The Plain Dealer

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group’s reading of Harold S. Kushner’s classic inspirational bestseller When Bad Things Happen to Good People. We hope that they provide you with new ways of looking at and talking about this book and the guidance, encouragement, and methods of coping with the challenges of life that Kushner offers.

Editorial Reviews

“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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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fresh perspective
    October 22, 2014
    Dave Anfenson, M.Div.
    If you know anyone struggling with an illness or a recent loss, this is one of the best books out there!

    Harold Kushner provides a lot of wisdom concerning Scripture, suffering, and the character of God.

    My favorite imagery from the book is picturing God on your side. It reminds me of the Scripture, "if God is for us, who can be against us?" or a favorite from Romans 8 that "nothing can separate us from the love of God."

    This book paints a Christ-centered picture of God. A God that is all-powerful, but is also all-loving.

    I continue to recommend this book and Greg Boyd's book Is God To Blame? to every I can think of struggling with these kinds of questions :)

    *Review written by a seminary trained hospice chaplain
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 18, 2012
    CHIS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    This review was written for When Bad Things Happen to Good People - eBook.
    A GREAT BOOK THAT WILL TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT LIFE .
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    September 4, 2008
    Gail
    I appreciated King's review of this book, which was donated to our church library. As church librarian, I needed to decide if it was sound theologically and appropriate for the library. At first glance, it looked very good . The book has many wise and compassionate moments. But the chapter "God Can't Do Everything" appears to have some very misleading rationalizations regarding faith and prayer.
  4. Bethlehem
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    October 5, 2005
    KING
    Bethlehem
    This book has nothing to do with Christianity or a Biblical / Christian worldview. The author states in this book that God is not ALL-POWERFUL and that God Can Not stop bad things from happening to people or innocent people.He says that people need to forgive God when bad things happen, as it is not Gods fault that these bad things are happening as God cannot do anything about these bad situations or circumstances anyways as He is not all-powerful... The author also states that people need to forgive God for making such an unfair and dangerous world.The author says he finds a rewriting or a different ending to the book of Job more appropriate. In this rewritten version of Job, God does not bless them with more children and possessions etc in the end of the book - but Job and his wife forgive God and blow on the coals of their hearts Blow on the coals of their hearts means that Job and his wifes love and love for each other will carry them through these tragedies and allow them to have and live meaningful lives I purchased this book in hopes of giving it to an inquiring unbelieving friend thank you God that I read it first! This not a book I would recommend to anyone!
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