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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Written by:
Harold S. Kushner
Narrated by:
Harold S. Kushner

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2009
4 hours 44 minutes
Offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life's windstorms.Raises many questions that will challenge your mind and test your faith regarding the ultimate questions of life and death.
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Denise Perez

Very good book. Seems like the most realistic explanation on this subject.

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I liked this book so much that I passed it around to friends, started reading more about Rabbi Kushner and have added a few more of his books to my queue. I listened to the abridged version which was fast moving and essentially grabs you from the start until the end. I listened to this CD four times and then asked friends to listen to it as well. I found his personal tragedy to be moving, and his search for meaning to be thought provoking and righteous. Having experienced personal tragedy as well I have a sense of why this book was a best seller and how it can bring sense when things don't make sense. I highly recommend this book to people who are willing to listen with an open mind and an open heart.

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I was disappointed because the author does not believe God is all-powerful. The author feels that bad things happen to good people because God is not powerful in controlling acts of nature and that He is not in control of a few other things. My belief is that God is all powerful and even though He allows bad things to happen, He is not a bad God. There are just some things that we will never understand until we get to Heaven and receive the ultimate understanding. In the meantime, my feeling is that we should just ask God to grant us with peace in our lives, the ability to accept bad things that happen and of which we cannot do nothing about, and ask God to grant us with the ability to forgive. I didn't order this audio book to get answers to something, I ordered it to simply see what this author had to say on the subject. Again, I was disappointed to find that the author does not feel God is all powerful. I will pray for him.

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Paul Schott

Excellent book - well written and well presented by the author. A good perspective on life for those facing challenges or know someone who is.

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This was ok. I would not mind listening to it again, if I am bored or something

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Melissa Jones

Whether you are trying to deal with a personal tragedy or are trying to figure out why a supreme being would let the Holocaust, September 11, or the tsunami happen, this book is for you. Rabbi Kushner looks at tragedy in a new light. He examines the feelings one experiences when faced with a tremondous loss. But he doesn't gloss over the question of "why did this happen?" He faces it head on and gives an explanation that's so profound it is worth a listen.

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