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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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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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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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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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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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Superb

Wroth read/listening to again. A recommend for all Christian's. Give to your loved one or friends.

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Full of Platitude and begging the question.

What disappointed you about Why Suffering??

It is the stupidest philosophical contention ever found.
I found this book is extremely offensive and repulsive to me.

What was most disappointing about Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale ’s story?

Philosophy can never prove that God exists.
Blaming the victim is to show that how frivolous and superficial of the authors; Moreover, it is corroborated that the authors also are coldhearted.

What three words best describe Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale ’s performance?

unbelievable dull and uninspired.

What character would you cut from Why Suffering??

Ravi Zecharias

Any additional comments?

Amateur writers of the suffering ...

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Excellent reasoning and presentation

Fascinating listening. I will review the summary again in order to remember their points. Well done.

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Not Just Empty Words

Real insights to reasons suggested in a non-threatening way. If you're seeking more than a "try to make you feel better" inspirational read and are wanting reasonable answers, this is a great start on that journey.

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  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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