When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Religion - 176 pages
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The #1 bestselling inspirational classic from the nationally known spiritual leader; a source of solace and hope for over 4 million readers.

When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy 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. In these pages, 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 Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

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I gave the book to my Dad who is currently my mothers caretaker as she is very ill. He is reading it and finding it very helpful in dealing with the feelings he is experiencing. We have been able to have some wonderful discussions based on what he has read. Read full review

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I bought a ton of books online including this one by Rabbi Harold Kushner. I am not Jewish but this book changed my life. It gave me a new way of looking at things and is very uplifting. I thank Rabbi ... Read full review

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Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, having long served that congregation. He is best known as the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

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