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När livet gör oss illa (1981)

av Harold S. Kushner

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Offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life's windstorms. Raises many questions that will challenge your mind and test your faith regarding the ultimate questions of life and death.
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    Where Is God When It Hurts? av Philip Yancey (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: Kushner's book just commiserates, Yancey offers a more uplifting message. He has studied pain and sorrow and tries to make sense of it.
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Straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 22, 2021 |
This is a lovely tribute to and meditation on grief, with some profound thoughts. He often gets down to the core of our discomfort with the mental and emotional process of grief. Though I disagree with some minor points, I love the layers and nuances in his text. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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  semoffat | Jul 27, 2021 |
Read this some years ago and thought it was one of the very best expositions of emotional pain & the role of God in our lives.
Written by a rabbi pondering the life-long disease that lead to the death of his son at age 14. ( )
  librisissimo | May 11, 2021 |
This coming Sunday I will teach some young men the topic "Why do we have adversity?" This book is often mentioned regarding that topic. I've had a paperback copy of the book for years, but was not sure if I had ever read it. I intended to take along this book as a visual aid, but really, how can I take it and have nothing to say about it's contents. It is a short book, so I set out to read it tonight.

Having read it, I learned that the contents are much different than I had imagined. It does not give a simple canned answer, but reasons through the process. I will not try to replicate that path. It took the author 15 years to write the book (Page 132), and I can't hope to cover the territory he did. I can only make a few notes of things that felt meaningful to me.

Page 9 has some scriptures that promise good to the righteous and punishment to the wicked. Page 20 "For whom the Lord loves, He chastises, even as a father does to the son he loves." This leads to a lot of grief when we give that advice to people who just suffered a tragedy. I won't try to elaborate why it is harmful, but just to say that much of what we say when a person has had a tragedy is on the order of justifying God, and does not help the afflicted feel better.

We start to get to the heart of the matter "Would this be a better world, if certain people were immune to laws of nature because God favored them, while the rest of us had to fend for ourselves?" (Page 59)

"to be human ... means being free to make choices instead of doing whatever our instincts would tell us to do. It means knowing that some choices are good, and others are bad, and it is our job to know the difference. ... But if Man is truly free to choose, if he can show himself as being virtuous by freely choosing the good when the bad is equally possible, then he has to be free to choose the bad also. If he were only free to do good, he would not really be choosing. If we are bound to do good, then we are not free to choose it." (Page 79)

"To say of Hitler, to say of any criminal, that he did not choose to be bad but was a victim of his upbringing, is to make all morality, all discussion of right and wrong impossible. ... But worse, to say 'it is not his fault, he was not free to choose' is to rob a person of his humanity," (Page 83-84)

And here is the heart of the book: "Job needed sympathy more than he needed advice, even good and correct advice... He needed compassion, the ssense taht others felt his pain with him, more than he needed learned theological explanations about God's ways. He needed physical comforting, people sharing their strength with him, holding him rather than scolding him." (Page 89)

Page 110-112 contains a meaningful Chinese tale about a woman whose only son died. (English version of course.)

Like me, he has found that "telephone have a special, ominous way of ringing late at night," (Page 113)

"But people who pray for courage, for strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. ..." (Page 125)

"being against other people, setting out to find a villain, accusing other people of being responsible for your misery, only makes a lonely person lonelier. Life, he concluded, has to be lived for something, not just against something." (Page 137)
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  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
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And David said: While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me and the child will live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me. (II Samuel 12:22-23)
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