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From the celebrated author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, a profound and practical audio about doing well by doing good.

For decades now, from the pulpit and through his writing, Rabbi Harold Kushner has been helping people navigate the rough patches of life: loss, guilt, crises of faith. Now, in this compelling new work, he addresses an equally important issue: our craving for significance, the need to know that our lives and our choices mean something.

We sometimes do great things, and sometimes terrible things, to reassure ourselves that we matter to the world. We sometimes confuse fame, power, and wealth with true achievement. But finally we need to think of ourselves as good people, and we are troubled when we compromise our integrity in the pursuit of what we think of as success.

Harold Kushner tells us that the path to a truly successful and significant life is through friendship, through family, and through acts of generosity and self-sacrifice. He describes how, in affecting the life of even one person in a positive way, we make a difference in the world, and prove that we do in fact matter.

©2001 Harold S. Kushner; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.; Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Top-notch pastoral counsel." (Booklist)
"Another Kushner juggernaut." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kevin
  • Huntington Beach, CA, USA
  • 01-06-04

A refreshing pause from self-indulgence

So much of what passes for advice on living revolves around self-esteem and improved performance. Fortunately, the sages of Jewish tradition, and their modern-day inheritors like Rabbi Kushner, still are relevant and on-target, even to this Christian man. What makes us significant is not our accomplishments, but our loving contributions to those around us. I encourage you to read, enjoy, be filled, and go and do likewise.

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  • Candace
  • Van Nuys, CA, United States
  • 09-07-12

OVERALL---thoughtful book.

Where does Living a Life That Matters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to about 9 or 10 books so far. I'm a "newbee". However, I've physically read several books; I cannot even begin to count how many books I've read! This book is one of those "thought provoking" books. What I like about it is that it doesn't tell you how to think, but it makes you answer the questions that arise introspectively. This may be a disadvantage for the "hungry soul" such as myself. I'm not satisfied with only questions, I want to hear answers! I know that no one can tell you all of the answers, but this book will leave you thirsty. The thoughts are pretty interesting at the end, but there should be a part two or a workbook. Nevertheless, this book is about moral and ethical codes. If you're one who thinks about why they do what they do, or why they feel how they feel- you'd like this one!

Would you recommend Living a Life That Matters to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Most of my friends value the "ethics system".

Have you listened to any of Harold S. Kushner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I also have Psalm 23 in my library. Looking forward to it!

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The one who is really sincere, will perform with integrity even without witnesses. Well, those were not the exact words, but that is the point! :)

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  • Sophia
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 12-15-02

An eye opener

The purpose of life is to learn and to love, all the time balancing two burning desires: to be important - to matter and to be good - ethical and moral.

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