When Bad Things Happen to Good People

  • by Harold S. Kushner
  • Narrated by Harold S. Kushner
  • 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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)
"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)
"A touching, heartwarming book for those of us who must contend with suffering, and that, of course, is all of us." (Andrew M. Greeley)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Quinn

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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- James Orlin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio