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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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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.

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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.

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  • Chris
  • Jefferson City, MO United States
  • 09-24-15

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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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.

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Great book, recommendation for sure.

I'm biased. I have been a Razi Zacharias fan for a while. He has an incredible way of fully explaining why he thinks and believes the way he does. Vince Vitale as well has spent a lot of time thinking through his beliefs to best explain how to articulate any given question.

Suffering is a hard subject that has and will affect us all. However, knowing the underlying premise of the question helps with understanding why the question is valid or not.

I hope this book finds someone right in the midst of their suffering to add some comfort and some understanding of why Christianity answers the question with the best explanation.

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Amazing insights for a difficult subject

It is a challenging subject but the authors insight it is passionate and inspiring. It's make you understand more about God and His relationship with us. And how to properly address difficult situations with a right perspective.

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Why Suffering

Loved this book. It not only offers possible answers, but provokes thought also. Must read.

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a satisfying answer

the multitude of answers provided in this book, satisfy the question of, "Why suffering"? the only book besides the scripture to have such a cumulative answer.

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thank you Jesus

great book to Reed teach you a lot how to get over suffering we all need it

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must read

if this question has ever crossed your mind...you must read this. well thought out with various views and reasons given.

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  • kenichixiz
  • 01-15-18

A hopeful response

This is a well thought about approach to the problem of suffering, analysed through the lens of the Christian approach. Have an open mind when you listen to this read. I can definitely say I’ve learned much from this read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-17

if there is a God it is one sick thing

Crazy mindset of Christians shown in full force. Bizzarre world of Preachers highlighted in the book of how they try to justify kids getting sick, misery and pain.

in summary. ..everyone needs a slap to feel just how good the tickle really is.

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  • CSW
  • 11-28-16

The Gospel according to Zacharias & Vitale ??

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Book is read well, can listen easily.

What could Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Why does not Zacharias and Vitale refer back to the Bible to find the answer to the question ??They refer to their own life experiences and sayings of other people AND DO NOT REFER TO THE WORD OF GOD to come up with any explanation to the question at hand.In my opinion, this is a very poor approach. It was very difficult to hear page after page a very NON biblical thesis of the topic based on their experiences.

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Need to refer to the bible when we need to seek answers for such questions.But for these 2 authors, they saw fit that they refer to their own life experiences and what other people have stated AND NOT WHAT GOD has stated about suffering in the bible. How can their explanations be seen as authentic when they do not seek what God says about the topic ??

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-17

Vince Vitale's testimony

I loved the way Vince brought his personal testimony into everything it made me relate and I was able to relax and think about this complex question the book unpacks.