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Why Suffering? Audiobook

Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense

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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.

©2014 Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Danielle 01-05-15
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel W. Groves 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heard Twice & Will Again"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danger 02-26-15
    Danger 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent perspective."

    I think this book can articulate well to the individuals who are skeptical about why God would allow evil in the world. This is an especially good read for those who have trouble coming to terms with the great tragedies as well as the difficulties faced in everyday life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 09-24-15
    Chris Jefferson City, MO United States 09-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Scriptural Study About The Nature of Suffering"

    I did quite enjoy this book read by both authors. I am a little more partial to Zaharias over Vitale being the reason for 4 stars as opposed to 5. My last book I listened to was The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias which dealt with a very similar subject and I think I liked it a little more. If I had listened to this book first I would have probably given it 5 stars. Either way it is a very insightful look at pain from a apologetic view. I will probably listen to this again within a year or so and not right after another of Ravi's books

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    Karen A 08-27-16
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    "When sense is made"

    I enjoyed that I read two authors perspectives, although the same subject they brought individuality to their reasonings. I would recommend not only people who are presently enduring suffering but to people who are looking for answers to questions like "what's the purpose of life?"

    Excellent read!

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    Darryl 07-18-16
    Darryl 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible book!"

    Answer the question why there is suffering. A book every Christian or non-Christian should read.

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    Neil 12-23-15
    Neil 12-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic duo"

    to hear the writers narrating is always a plus....
    each bought their own perspective in their own way bringing out a good compelling argument.

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    Allan 12-01-15
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    "Great book in answering, (why pain?)."

    Logically, rationally explains the purpose of pain and suffering in a humans life. The author explains why and what pain really is and the initial cause.

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    Shawn 09-25-15
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    This has to be on your wish list. I've learned so much about my history with pain. ten thumbs up

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    John 08-12-15
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    "Intellectually and Emotionally Honest"

    Ravi and Vince present 10 specific reasons for not only the "why" of suffering but also a fair contrasting look at alternative perspectives beyond just a Christian response. If you are an atheist, agnostic, bitter believer, or inquisitive Christian apologist, each chapter provides compelling and thought provoking responses to this difficult and reality based question: "Why Suffering?". I highly recommend it.

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