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Publisher's Summary

As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare disease, did he confront one of life's most difficult questions: Where do we find the resources to cope when tragedy strikes?

"I knew that one day I would write this book," says Rabbi Kushner. "I would write it out of my own need to put into words some of the most important things I have come to believe and know. And I would write it to help other people who might one day find themselves in a similar predicament. I am fundamentally a religious man who has been hurt by life, and I wanted to write a book that could be given to the person who has been hurt by life, and who knows in his heart that if there is justice in the world, he deserved better...If you are such a person, if you want to believe in God's goodness and fairness but find it hard because of the things that have happened to you and to people you care about, and if this audio helps you do that, then I will have succeeded in distilling some blessing out of Aaron's pain and tears."

©1981 Harold S. Kushner (P)1987 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House Inc.

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  • Rhonda
  • Bronx, NY, USA
  • 04-22-04

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

I was very moved by this book. It gave me such comfort to know that I am not alone. The Rabbi gives his views on strength which has given me much more. In these troubling times, it is good to know that such a book exists.

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  • J
  • 05-14-12

Excellent & very helpful

This audiobook was very helpful to me during a terminal illness of a loved one. It helped me understand "why"...

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  • Karen
  • Grantsville, UT, USA
  • 12-06-08

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Very comforting!

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So touched

I read this because it is a suggested book for my home bound ministry. I am so touched by this book especially with the shooting in Las Vegas and what is happening this in this world.
Thank you Rabii Kushner

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Loved listening to the audible version of this popular book.

Very helpful read when going through crises with children and loved ones. Touching and well said by the author.

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Comfort Food for The Soul - Highly recommend

Read book a few times over the years, and the audio a few times since purchase. The perspective from this book is comforting and with each read I find different wisdom based on what injustice I witness or experience in this world and feel my faith slipping away. God is alive and powered by our faith in Him. This isn't just for the religious type of person. I will keep this book in my shelf probably for the rest of my years because it is a keeper.

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Very insightful and inspirational...

Rabbi kushner's examples and story are very moving and easy to understand. I am able to apply his insights to my daily life.