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The Pain of Being Human [Paperback]

Eugene Kennedy
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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824516826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824516826
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,685,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Pain of Being Human, acclaimed author and psychologist Eugene Kennedy offers more than fifty medi tations to help readers better understand the human conditio n. '

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all 12 Aug 2007
By Marie
Format:Paperback
Asks questions that everyone at some point in their lives will (or should) ask - How do you reconcile the natural urge to "shield" ourselves from the occurence of deeply hurtful events that are inevitable wherever you find intimate relationships with the call to give of ourselves, and to impact the world around us in a positive way?

Kennedy answers the question with a paradoxical but yet profoundly true answer: Learn to live with, yes, even "cherish" the pain as a sign that we are indeed spirtually and emotionally alive and healthy. Moreso, when approached this way, the pain itself takes on a redeeming/healing value for ourselves and for others.

This book is accessible to Christian and non-Christian alike, but any Christian will recognise in this interesting psychological analysis, the call of Christ for the "wheat grain [to fall] to the ground and die, otherwise it cannot bear much fruit... for whoever would save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for..the sake of the gospel will keep it"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pain = Growth 2 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Pain of Being Human crystalises all those thoughts you had about existence - but never wrote down. Lucidly written without the usual psycho-babble that psychologists like to impress us with. Another book that gave me greater insight into the pain of being human, was the inspired "The Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years" by Richard G. Patton. Patton's Jesus is faced with the unimagined dilemma of his own spirituality being confronted by his immense humanity. I enjoyed both these books but came away with a greater understanding after reading Patton's book. Admittedly Patton's book is written as a novel where Kennedy's book is written as a dissertation. Kennedy's book is accessible and sure to become a standard on Psychology. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Direct 18 May 2004
By Claire - Published on Amazon.com
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The structure of Kennedy's venture into human mechanics allows for the reader to start, finish, and continue at any point in the book. With chapters not totaling more than five or six pages each, every idea is explored with concise consideration. I often found myself looking at the chapter titles and skipping to whatever section was applicable for that point of time.
Despite the melodramatic title, "Pain of Being Human" is one of those books you keep near your nightstand for daily reflection. It takes a Christian perspective on life and introduces morals that make sense in the modern world. I am not a religious person and I still gleaned so much insight from the text without getting the feeling I was being preached to.
It is a definite good choice and should go under the category "Self-Help book with dignity."
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Suffering 3 Dec 2013
By Annette M. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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Because this book helps you to realize you are not alone in your life's plights. There are others like you with the same problems, looking for the same answers and in knowing this, you begin to realize that sometimes life is just difficult but you are not alone. Along the rugged path we trod, life is full of pot holes and pit falls and through out the trek we grow stronger as we clear each pot hole & pit fall. They are inevitable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Way cool outlook! 26 Jan 2011
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This author has a very interesting outlook on why things are the way they are when it comes to familiar yet confusing life situations. I highlight sentences that make sense or make good advice for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pain = Growth 2 Feb 1998
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Format:Paperback
The Pain of Being Human crystalises all those thoughts you had about existence - but never wrote down. Lucidly written without the usual psycho-babble that psychologists like to impress us with. Another book that gave me greater insight into the pain of being human, was the inspired "The Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years" by Richard G. Patton. Patton's Jesus is faced with the unimagined dilemma of his own spirituality being confronted by his immense humanity. I enjoyed both these books but came away with a greater understanding after reading Patton's book. Admittedly Patton's book is written as a novel where Kennedy's book is written as a dissertation. Kennedy's book is accessible and sure to become a standard on Psychology. Recommended
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