Who Needs God


Harold kushner


From the Publisher:
If you have lost faith or have never known it, or if you have ever wondered 
"what can religion offer?" 
Here are wise and thoughtful answers. With the warmth, insight, and 
understanding that distinguished his phenomenal bestsellers When Bad Things 
Happen to Good People and How Good Do We Have to Be?, Harold Kushner addresses 
a critical issue in the lives of many: a spiritual hunger that no personal 
success can feed. 
Rabbi Kushner shows how religious commitment does have a place in our daily lives,  
filling a need for connection, joy, and community.

For anyone who has ever wanted a more fulfilling life, or wished to make a 
difference in the lives of others...for anyone who has ever felt guilty, 
afraid, or alone...Rabbi Kushner shares a path to faith that offers 
new sources of comfort and strength for all of us. Powerful, provocative, 
and persuasive, Who Needs God is a message of universal appeal.

From The Critics:
Houston Post
Down to earth...compelling and thoughtful. 

Plain Dealer
Thoughtful...richly concrete...Kushner invites his readers to rethink the role of religion in their lives. 

Publishers Weekly
When Bad Things Happen to Good People and When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't 
Enough have attracted scores of people to Kushner as 
a spiritual counsellor and his new book promises to be another bestseller. 
The lack of a question mark after the title 
signals the rabbi's conviction: he doesn't ask, he states that we all need God. 
Kushner's approach is pragmatic and ecumenical rather than didactic; 
he believes that God hears people even when they protest divine 
``mishandling'' of their affairs, complain or argue as clearly as they pray. 
Readers will be intrigued by the author's refutation of the big bangper web. 
Theory on the world's origin, among the elemental subjects he covers. 
This is an inspirational book for all, no matter whether religious or skeptic. 
Jewish Book Club selection; BOMC alternate. (Oct.) 

Library Journal
Attaining and then maintaining religious sense or persuasion is often 
difficult today. 
Our culture of individualism, self-sufficiency, and competitiveness thwarts, 
even nullifies spiritual inclinations, with technology a prime contender for our 
reverence even though it is totally ``witless and unimaginative'' on its own. 
Yet many people are vaguely aware of something lacking in their lives. 
Rabbi Kushner (best known for When Bad Things Happen to Good People ) believes 
that ``human life has meaning . . . but only in religious terms.'' 
According to this crucial realization, it is religion that connects us to God and community. 
In the end, Rabbi Kushner goes so far as to define religion as community rather than theology--a point of contention. 
What, then, would be the point of his title? 
But mainly, he attempts to transcend differences while conveying basic spiritual truths. 
Recommended for general audiences. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/89.-- 
Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman 

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