When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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5 out of 5 stars
By Quinn on 04-07-15

Finally something that pricks my heart

Has been one year since my four-year-old passed away. I have attempted to seek out religious instruction from members and leaders of my own faith (I am not Jewish). Looking back at the challenges I have had to go through in the past tear I should've read this book 1st. I shouldn't have attempted to answer the question why so quickly. Instead I should of been looking for the answer to the question what now. Thank you for your insight and God bless

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By James Orlin on 12-05-12

Could be comforting to many, but not me

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For those who believe in an all-powerful God, Kushner describes a theology in which God does not prevent bad things from happening, but He is great at helping those who have had bad things happen to them. This permits those who are suffering to continue their belief in God while not believing that they deserve the suffering.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is the author. He sounded like the rabbi from an episode of Seinfeld. Most likely the rabbi on Seinfeld deliberately sounded like Kushner.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Once I understood Kushner's beliefs about God, there was little additional value obtained by listening to the rest of the book.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By N. Langereis on 09-01-17

A profound and honest book about the power and limitations of god

In my eyes, this book is a deeply religious book, but also a religion agnostic book. If you believe a god (any god) exists, but life or circumstances make it hard to believe in his goodness. If you are part of a tragedy, if you believe the world is unfair because of it, this will book will offer you an answer, a response as Mister Kushner eloquently phrases. It is the power of love, the power of human goodness and its humanity that will bring you relief. I just finished this book and i feel that it has planted a new perspective on life and the world around me that can only be recognized by someone who has seen suffering, loss and pain, and I know that this idea will take root, until it fills my heart with love.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 07-31-17


Current & past experiences motivated me to seek a new perspective on my current attitude. This selection renewed my former concepts & allowed me to reconsider some questionable concepts. I plan to audio more Books by Harold Kushner. Thank you!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Shoemaker on 07-10-17

A must read, this book explains the human thinking

Just wow, this book will not let you down. Explains the human thinking side of life, in common sense terms. Everyone will find something they can relate to. josh shoemaker

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By A Reader on 06-01-17

Changed my life

This book changed my life and it will change yours as well. Our world is full of pain and full of people who don't know how to cope with such pain. Rabbi Kushner explains the limitations of our understanding while also giving us tools to help cope with painful tragedies that befall many people. This book is one written from the heart and its one I will cherish for a long time to come.

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