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

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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

Helps a Parent to Work through the "Worst Loss"

What did you love best about When Bad Things Happen to Good People?

The author talks about shaken faith and our perceptions of God in our lives and how that relationship can drastically change after the tragic loss of a child. Although the author doesn't specifically focus on suicide he does a great job in helping a parent understand their loss and how it relates to faith and a future without their child.

What did you like best about this story?

It helped me put into perspective that bad things happen on this earth and that we are not simply chosen by our bad deeds or otherwise to have to be the ones that deal with the loss of a child. God can be and is present in our lives and we often see his presence through the love and compassion we receive after a tragedy. God works his miracles through us.

Did Harold S. Kushner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really character driven, but yes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I cried a lot but it is helping with the recovery of my loss.

Any additional comments?

It is a book to re-read over as you go through your recovery.

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- B W

Book Details

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