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Reflecting on the book “How Good Do We Have to Be” by Harold S. Kushner reminded me of a concept my high school religion teacher taught me. He would say that most people see God in the same way that they see Santa, SantaGod. Kushner’s book really emphasized and opened up my eyes to this concept even more. I appreciated Kushner’s approach to the book may be far better than I did in “Living a Life That Matters.” Kushner wrote this book for people who have suffered a great tragedy that may be unexpected in hopes of reminding them of their faith. Kushner starts this book with chapters discussing much of why people suffer. Many of the ideas and concepts of suffering were related to similar ideas and concepts in other religions. I believe suffering is universal and people feel it in a multitude of ways. Most of the ways…

David J Wolpe asked a simple question but a complicated question to answer. The questioned, why does faith matter. He devoted an entire book to answer this question. This question is important because many people struggle with the answer, whether they are explaining it to someone else or even questioning their own faith. Similar to Harold Kushner, David Wolpe is also a Rabbi. Although he is Jewish his texts are perfect for anyone seeking clarity in this question. If you are not seeking clarity you will find that Wolpe does a tremendous job at defending the faith against atheism. He does an amazing job of expressing this through kindness and by shining a light on the relationship between religion and violence. A popular quote from this book is, “Faith is where we stand in the universe, not an idea that is checked off in the truth or illusion column. Losing…

In World Religions and now this class I have been fortunate enough to read several books by Harold Kushner. I appreciate being exposed to Harold Kushner because I have learned a lot about myself through these books. He writes easy to well books with clear intentional writing. I never feel as though I do not understand what he is trying to tell me. This book is about overcoming disappointments. There are a few high points to highlight throughout the book. Kushner used examples from Moses to talk about how to cope with our frustrations. Initially, I did not understand how Moses was the example he used but as I read and reflected on the many stories of Moses, it became clear to me. Yet again Kushner has given me something I can use in my life. The lesson I wanted to lead with is not to expect requited actions. This…

In reflecting on the book “Living a Life That Matters” by Harold S. Kushner, I found it to be very comforting and refreshing.  Harold S. Kushner was a prominent rabbi and author. Kushner has written several books about life while using examples and guidance from religion and literature. “Living a Life That Matters” is a short book of 8 chapters using examples of God and literature to explain how we can live a life that matters. This book was more specifically about what the title says by understanding what it means to live a life that matters. He focuses on the idea that we all have significance and how to see, understand, and use our morals to guide our significance in a world that is driven by success and power. Kushner starts this book with a simple yet powerful opening paragraph in the first words chapter of the book. Here,…