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Book Title: When Bad Things Happen to Good People|
The author of the book: Harold S. Kushner
Date of issue: June 21st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780380603923
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.38 MB
Edition: Avon Books
Read full description of the books When Bad Things Happen to Good People:Yesterday, while I was trying to compose this review in my mind, I saw this headline in The Philippine Daily Inquirer: Corona Leaving Fate to God. For my foreigner friends, this impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines has been one of the favorite topics for discussion nowadays among us Filipinos. Our Chief Justice is facing 8 Articles of Impeachment. Among these are failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets and liabilities, partiality and subservience in cases involving the ex-President Arroyo, etc.
While looking at that headline, I recalled this book. Very timely. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (born 1935) wrote this very inspiring book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as a tribute to his son Aaron, who at the age of 14, died of the incurable disease progeria. In this book, Rabbi Kushner says that God has no capacity to control everything that happens on earth or to us. Many of what happen to us are due to the choices that we take or things that we do to ourselves and to others. Applying it to the case of Chief Justice Corona, his problems are due to his own actions and God has NOTHING to do with it. Shame on him for dragging God to the problems that he seems to have created by himself or with cohorts.
However, if what Corona says is true, i.e., that he is innocent, then it is correct for him to ask for God's guidance or mercy. Rabbi Kushner aptly titled this book: take note that it is not "Why" but "When." This means that this book does not explain why bad thing happens to good people (or vice versa). The reason is that God gave us the free will to decide. So, when tragedy strikes to us, we should not ask God "Why me?" but the right question is "How can you help me, God?" or better yet ask for help. Anyway, God has promised not to forsake those who believe in Him.
My favorite part is Rabbi Kushner's analysis of The Book of Job where he mentions exactly his treatise above. God is not that all-powerful to control everything that happens on earth. He does not have the power to control what happened in the Holocaust. He did not will the death of the Jews. Those were the actions of men.
Thank you to my friend, Barbara, for recommending this book to me. Very inspiring. Eye-opener. Good straightforward narration. Proof that an author does not need to employ big words and vague philosophy to deliver his message.
A worthwhile book!
Read information about the authorHarold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is the author of more than a dozen books on coping with life’s challenges, including, most recently, the best-selling Conquering Fear and Overcoming Life’s Disappointments.
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