©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.
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
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.
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.
The story was very depressing. I didn't realize how sad and depressing this book is!
I recommend this book to everyone who is engaged in the mother of all battles: the battle to keep your faith in God. I am Christian but I found Kushner's argument consistent with my views on God and Jesus Christ. I find that his take on God, life, and the issue of bad things happening out of nowhere is one that is helping me by opening my eyes to a more spiritual view of God. A view that is consistent with God's infinite love, his gift of free will, and the nature of the world he allowed us to live when Adan and Eve made the wrong move. If you are struggling with faith because you are witnessing something bad happening to someone good or loved one, if you find yourself in fear and terror because that uncertainty that seems to disrespect righteousness; then this book will help you. May God bless you with his presence, peace, and faith.
I really enjoyed the book and it's delivery. it was very inspiring and has helped me to find some hope in this imperfect world.
I completely disagree about his beliefs on God. My God is all powerful and is still in the business of making miracles happen. I struggled to finish this book it is very depressing. The devil is the one who comes to kill steal and destroy not God. God is love.
Howard kushner is wise kind and dead on. I am grateful for this book. If you are trying to accept the existence of a higher power in a world where bad things happen to good people, read this book. It is not dated. Still absolutely relevant. Thank you.
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