Why Suffering?

  • by Ravi Zacharias, Vince Vitale
  • Narrated by Ravi Zacharias, Vince Vitale
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why would a loving and powerful God allow so much pain and suffering? In Why Suffering? Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale carefully walk you through a variety of responses that considered together provide a clear, comprehensive, and convincing answer. Responses like:


Where there is the possibility of love, there has to be the reality of freedom, and therefore the possibility of pain.
Wishing God had made a different world is to wish yourself out of existence.
The cross is the key to a compelling and rational explanation for trusting in God in the face of suffering.
In comparison with other world religions, the Christian response is highly distinctive.
The reality of evil only makes sense in light of the reality of divine goodness.
Relational knowledge about God takes the argument beyond reason to the presence of God amidst suffering.
God's decision to allow temporal suffering is understandable when viewed from an eternal perspective.
Divine goodness shows how to conquer not in spite of, but even through suffering.
Here is a book written with great respect for the complexity of the issue, recognizing that some who read it will be in the trenches of deep suffering themselves and others questioning the very existence of a loving God. Why Suffering? provides an answer to the problem of pain and suffering with emotional sensitivity and intellectual integrity.

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Best time spent / benefit ratio book of my life

This book eclipses Frankel' Man's Search for Meaning as the most beneficial book to my life per time spent reading/listening. I was afraid this book might be boring, but I couldn't wait to finish it. Both author/narrators are wonderful at both tasks. I listened at 1.5 speed and could've bumped that to 2, but didn't actually want to be done because it was so good.

Suffering is a very difficult topic for any world view to explain, and I have spent a lot of time reading and listening to books about it. Why Suffering handles the topic masterfully. It fairly presents the case from major world religions and philosophies and compares their answers to that of Christianity. If nothing else--and it is much more--Why Suffering is an excellent survey of the topic. I wish all my non-fiction books managed to be so deep and yet so brief. You will be smarter and possibly wiser for listening to Why Suffering.
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- Danielle

Heard Twice & Will Again

Amazing insight and wisdom. I follow Ravi Zachariah International Ministry and encourage others to do the same.
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- Daniel W. Groves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio