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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Leonard, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Australian Province. He is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, a consultant to the Australian Catholic Bishops' Media Committee, and a film critic for all the major Catholic newspapers of Australia. A holder of a doctorate in cinema studies, he has lectured all over the world.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By geoffreyad on 24 April 2011
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An excellent analysis of the meaning of suffering,and Gods part, or lack of it, in the process. Richard attempts,(and succeeds) in dipelling old myths of Catholic judgement/guilt, and that God is not the high judge,inflicting punishment, for sin.He outlines a new approach to the traditional image of God.Easily read,well written for ordinary mortals, not academics.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tony of Wokingham on 20 May 2011
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If you have recently lost a close friend or relative, or wondered why thousands have been killed in either war or some natural disaster, and said to yourself, Where the Hell is God, then this is the book to read. It does not offer explanations, solutions, consolation, but some how one sees life from a new view point and a better understanding of what God is all about. What ever your background, religion, or status, I recommend this short book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 July 2011
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I haven't been so moved by a book since I read "The Shack". Unlike that, this is not a novel but a thought-provoking book on just where God is in our human pain and suffering. Richard Leonard and Australian Jesuit Priest tackles questions like `Why does God allow natural disasters to happen' as well as the some of the variety of platitudes that often get rolled out in times of crisis - some of which are unhelpful to say the least!

This little book (it's only 66 pages long) isn't just a dry theological debate it is born out of a personal response to family tragedy after his sister, a talented nurse working with the poorest and most needy is involved in an accident which leaves her a quadriplegic.

It's use of anecdotes produces an engaging, accessible, easy read which, none the less, explores some challenging issues and proposes some equally challenging answers. But it's also so much more - this little book offers a voice of reason when in those times when we need Him most we often cry out "Where the Hell is God?"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2011
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I came to this book at a time of spriritual questioning, having suffered from an episode of severe depression. I was puzzling out how my concept of God and faith could relate to human suffering and death, and this book was recommended to me by a mental health professional.

I have problems concentrating on long texts, so the brevity of this book was an instant plus in my eyes. But far beyond that, its very honest and critical style drew me into it quickly, and I found much with which I could whole-heartedly agree.

I'd highly recommend this book to Christians dealing with doubt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ~Ros on 20 Oct. 2011
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I have found this book interesting and easy to read.

It is an informative book for anyone who works with bereaved people in a pastoral setting or just those,like me, who have questions to ask about some aspects of religion. Where the Hell is God?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By earlyriser on 12 Oct. 2013
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This is a breath of fresh air.Very spiritual, easy to read, no rubbish misleading theology. Challenges how we approach or have been encouraged to explain painful experiences.
Delivery from seller was excellent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John S. Wall on 1 Nov. 2012
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"Where the Hell is God?" is a wonderful shortish book written for anyone experiencing a circumstance which makes them think or ask the question; the author has and is living constantly a horrific experience which gives him, after much thought, the right to answer such a question, which I believe will be very helpful
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on 21 Jan. 2013
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Heard Richard speak and liked his honesty and approach to belief. A refreshing approach that doesn't pretend there are any easy answers. Would recommend this book as a result as well as a book written by his sister Tracey about her life and experiences 'The Full Catastrophe'
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