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When Bad Things Happen to Good People [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Harold S. Kushner
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24. August 2004
When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader.

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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Anchor; Auflage: Reprint (24. August 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400034728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400034727
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 12,4 x 1,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 124.272 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Rarely does a book come along that tackles a perennially difficult human issue with such clarity and intelligence. Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi facing his own child's fatal illness, deftly guides us through the inadequacies of the traditional answers to the problem of evil, then provides a uniquely practical and compassionate answer that has appealed to millions of readers across all religious creeds. Remarkable for its intensely relevant real-life examples and its fluid prose, this book cannot go unread by anyone who has ever been troubled by the question, "Why me?" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


“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

When Bad Things Happen to Good People offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life’s windstorms.” –Elisabeth KŸbler-Ross

“A touching, heartwarming book for those of us who must contend with suffering, and that, of course, is all of us.” –Andrew M. Greeley

“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

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2.0 von 5 Sternen A half-way solution that may ultimately be harmful 25. Oktober 1999
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This book deals with the question of how evil and God can coexist--a question that is sometimes referred to as "the theodicy problem." The basic question goes: If God is all good and all-powerful, how can evil exist? One common answer is that evil doesn't really exist, but only appears to exist because we limited humans have inadequate information about, and can't take the long view of, God's plans; we only see part of the picture. I think this is a weak solution, which one can believe only by seriously twisting one's mind; it is pollyannaism, writ large and projected onto the entire universe. I believe that such a position is psychologically destructive, because it forces one to abdicate moral judgement and to deny and repress one's immediate moral responses to such obvious evils as the beating and sexual abuse of children and the torture or mass murder of innocents. The author, Rabbi Kushner, deserves credit for not adopting this very easy and mind-distorting "solution" to the theodicy problem.
Instead, Kushner posits that evil exists because God, while good, is not all-powerful. Kushner says that God wants the good, and assists in its achievement, but He is unable to be fully effective because His power is limited. This view has a certain plausibility to it and is logically consistent. It also may be reassuring to those who want to believe in a good God, but without twisting their mind into denying the existence of evil. By offering this honest solution to the theodicy problem, I believe Kushner will provide a way for some people to avoid the mind-distorting and psychologically damaging attempt to deny the existence evil.
Still, I think Kushner's solution is a cop out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen INSPIRING!!! EYE-OPENING!!! INSIGHTFUL!!! 17. August 1999
I just finished reading this book by Rabbi Kushner. It was an easy book to read and understand. I recently experienced the loss of my beloved brother. He was 36 years old and a murder victim. I am a practicing Catholic and I never questioned God. However, I found myself wondering why this had to happen to us. My brother was just an innocent bystander. A victim of being at that wrong place at the wrong time. Rabbi Kushner's book opened my eyes. His book offered me comfort and let me understand my faith a little better.
I highly recommend this book to all who question God. If you find yourself asking, "How could there be a God when bad things happen to good people?" get this book ASAP!! Rabbi Kushner offers a logical and intelligent answer to this question. He makes sense. If you think you are not a religious person this book will change that.
I am passing this book onto my mother. I know this will bring her comfort.
Thank you Rabbi Kushner for this wonderful insightful book. It has helped me with my grieving!
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Not being of the Jewish faith, I still find Kushner's book both insightful and healing. Another reviewer criticized the book for not providing a logical and substantiated answer to the question, "Why do bad things happen?". I believe the "answer" he provides is simply this - we don't have the answers, and we probably never will. That being said, by wallowing in our own guilt, blaming others, or dwelling on the "why", I believe Rabbi Kushner suggests that we tend to forget that there are others suffering that just need our comfort and support - they don't want our answers, just our friendship, as he did with his tragedy. For oneself, don't dwell in anger, or in denial, or in blame, because sometimes things aren't your fault, and they're not God's either - let go, and move on to the healing. If this book helps people get to that stage quicker, then I think its served its purpose.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Created a Turning Point in My Life 23. Januar 2000
I read When Bad Things Happen to Good People following the death of my infant daughter. As I struggled to make sense of what had happened, Rabbi Kushner's book became the singularly most important element in helping me to come to peace with my experience. Kushner reminds us that the one thing we can still do for our dead loved one is to ensure that they will remembered in a positive way by others. We do this through our own personal growth from the experience, and by continuing to live purposeful and meaningful lives. This book changed my life. I have read all of Rabbi Kushner's books and have found his philosophy to be among the most insightful and spiritually enlightening of our time. If you have found yourself shaken to the very foundation of your being by a loss or other significant event in your life, this book will provide you with food for thought as you attempt to create new meaning in your life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen When bad things happen to good people. 25. März 2000
This book has changed my view on life! I am much more content, and have learned more about acceptance. I am a Chemical Dependency Counselor, and I have been able to share this wisdom with my clients. I have really benefitted from reading this book. I plan to read other books by Rabbi Harold Kushner, as I feel it can only help me and others more.
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I read WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE and then HOW GOOD DO WE HAVE TO BE. I have a year Granddaughter with a brain tumor who has endured one year of hell. I am 55 years old I am angry and I believe God is passive to the degree that I don't believe anymore. Both of Mr. Kushner's books are logical, perhaps too much so and maybe too simple in theory 1+1=logic. God is passive then why do we pray at all because God 'can do nothing' and why would he give one family strength to endure life over the person who does not ask. God assumes no role. I can't believe in a loving God that could be passive with sickness,war,and events of hunger,and human destruction. I am not angry with Mr. Kushner because his logic is clear. The books have created more thought processing in my life than any other book because they challenge our belief in a God of intervention. The answer according to Mr. Kushner is to be thankful for life and accept what we have created for ourselves or life has given us. I can't
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Even though, as we live our lives, we try to do our best, we try to be good people, to do as much we know and as best we know how. Lesen Sie weiter...
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The wisdom of this book helped me completely rebuild my relationship with God. I no longer blame God for what S/he could not change. Lesen Sie weiter...
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There are very few books that tackle the overwhelming nature of grief with such effectiveness. Haven't we all wondered why bad things happen to good people? Lesen Sie weiter...
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Harold Kushner's view that chaos is evil is incorrect. His book insulted me, and I think his book is an insult to femininity. Lesen Sie weiter...
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This book ought to be a text book for those who minister in hospitals and who work with Hospice. It is a book that brings at least some understanding of pain and suffering related... Lesen Sie weiter...
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I just read, "When Children Ask about God: A Guide for parents who don't Always Have all the Answers", written by Harold Kushner. I found it fascinating. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Rabbi Kushner describes a very different kind of god who does not cause suffering, who is not all powerful and who does not interfere in nature by pulling the strings of the world... Lesen Sie weiter...
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