How Good Do We Have to Be?: A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness

How Good Do We Have to Be?: A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness

by Harold Kushner
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How Good Do We Have to Be?: A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness by Harold Kushner

From the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People comes an inspiring new bestseller that puts human feelings of guilt and inadequacy in perspective - and teaches us how we can learn to accept ourselves and others even when we and they are less than perfect. How Good Do We Have to Be? is for everyone who experiences that sense of guilt and disappointment. Harold Kushner, writing with his customary generosity and wisdom, shows us how human life is too complex for anyone to live it without making mistakes, and why we need not fear the loss of God's love when we are less than perfect. Harold Kushner begins by offering a radically new interpretation of the story of Adam and Eve, which he sees as a tale of Paradise Outgrown rather than Paradise Lost: eating from the Tree of Knowledge was not an act of disobedience, but a brave step forward toward becoming human, complete with the richness of work, sexuality and child-rearing, and a sense of our mortality. Drawing on modern literature, psychology, theology,,and his own thirty years of experience as a congregational rabbi, Harold Kushner reveals how acceptance and forgiveness can change our relationships with the most important people in our lives and help us meet the bold and rewarding challenge of being human.

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ISBN-13: 9780316519335
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 420,394
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 4.96(h) x 0.51(d)

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How Good Do We Have to Be?: A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
theshippingnews More than 1 year ago
I'm not a believer in any god, but I found this book compelling. I think any person would benefit from Kushner's insights into what it means to be human and to want to do good. He must be an amazing man.
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ejkdol More than 1 year ago
Thorough and compelling book that I found most interesting, especially the part about relationships. I read a borrowed copy which contained many underlined important thoughts and phrases. Felt compelled to buy my own copy which I did. Plan to reread once my wife is through reading, and highlighting the material I find most interesting and relevent to me. The most important theme being that we were created by a loving God not an vengeful one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed by Rabbi Kushner's re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve - so simple and so sensible - reasonable, you might say. I was overwhelmed by his gentle reminder that we can choose joy in our lives, instead of righteousness and be happy once again. A great teacher, a great healer. A great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book for those who have been asking the question about how good we need to be in order to goto heaven. what the expectation of others have said in order to goto heaven and the actual truth of not being as good as most would assume but letting go of past pain that has been afflicted on us. Harold Kushner not only indicates that it is not good to hold a grudge but how important it is to forgive. That to forgive and forget are not options in life but are necessary to have a full and happier life. I would recommend this book of all faiths. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I would agree with this book but I would recommend it to anyone who desires to test their faith. The thing is, Kushner feels like the bible points toward man winning favor before a perfect God. However, the truth according to the Bible is that it's not about us. We are all sinful people--so it is impossible to gain entrance into heaven by our own works. The message of the bible is that Jesus Christ was provided as a substitution for us. We were supposed to face God's wrath as the punishment for our sins..but Jesus Christ took our punishment by dying on the cross. He overcame death by rising from the dead on the third day. The way of salvation as made clear by the Bible is that we stop relying on our own good works to get us into heaven. We cannot stand before a righteous God and expect to be 'good enough' to get in. Also, according to the bible, all we have to do to get this salvation is to trust in Jesus Christs' redemptive work on the cross. Heaven is a free gift..something we do not have to work for. It is being offered to us because the punishment that we deserve has been taken care of. God is offering us this amazing's our responsibility to accept this gift. The entire bible, both Old Testament and New Testament point to the need for a savior and God's provision of one. The truth is staring you in the face, are you going to just sit there? Your eternal destiny is the more important matter of your life; think carefully about what you want for yourself. No one is going to force a belief down your throat. It is you duty to search for the truth. I believe I found the truth and I just wanted to share it with all of you. Everything I said about the way to heaven is in the Bible. Here are just a few verses that you can refer to. I encourage you all to read these through and make your own judgements. 'For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. ' -Romans 3:23 'For the wages of sin is death but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ' -Romans 6:23 'Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.'- John 1:12 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.' -Acts 16:31 '...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.' -Rom 10:9