©2009 Harold S. Kushner; (P)2009 Random House
"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)
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.
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.
Once I understood Kushner's beliefs about God, there was little additional value obtained by listening to the rest of the book.
He seems to be looking at this subject with many biases. I think he believes that people have to "understand" and "approve" a concept before it can be acceptable.
There were some good points, but I just have a very shallow impression of this book. After reading it, I felt depressed. I thought the book would help me constructively (in terms of my perspective of "bad things" and "good people"), but it only confused me even more. If a person believes in Torah and the writings of Scripture, it is difficult to make them compatible with this book. I was expecting a lot more.
This book I feel answers some of the question that I know "we all" find ourselves asking from time to time. We all have found ourselves in a precarious, awkward positions that life hands us and don't have a clue how to respond. This book will enlighten you, and may provide an answer that we all find ourselves searching for and if not, it at best, give you pause.
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.
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.
Not really character driven, but yes.
Yes, I cried a lot but it is helping with the recovery of my loss.
It is a book to re-read over as you go through your recovery.
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