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Why All People Suffer - by Paul Chaloux (Paperback)

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About the Book

In this transformative and enlightening book, Dr. Paul Chaloux demonstrates that suffering is not retribution from an angry, vengeful God but the saving action of a loving God who directs us away from evil and toward eternal joy in Heaven.

Book Synopsis

Suffering is one of the most challenging and inescapable mysteries of life -- even for the innocent. Thinkers have long been vexed by the idea that a good God permits suffering, and it has been a stumbling block for many souls striving to live lives of faith. But what if we've been looking at suffering improperly all this time? What if, instead of serving as evidence against God, suffering represented the very proof of a loving God?

In this transformative and enlightening book, Dr. Paul Chaloux -- adjunct professor of theology at the Catholic University of America -- demonstrates that suffering is not retribution from an angry, vengeful God but the saving action of a loving God who directs us away from evil and toward eternal joy in Heaven.

Educated in his own "school of suffering," Dr. Chaloux explains the four tasks of suffering that are essential in the economy of salvation and why, if suffering were to be abolished, no one would be saved. U

About the Author

Paul Chaloux was born in Maine in 1960 to Paul and Dolly Chaloux, the oldest of 6 children. He grew up in Northern Virginia and attended public schools. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Virginia in 1982, Paul worked for over 30 years as an engineer, manager, and strategist for IBM in upstate New York. While there, he also served as a catechist for 15 years at St. Columba Parish in Hopewell Junction, NY. In 2015, after earning a master's degree in religious education from Fordham University and retiring from IBM, Paul was accepted into the PhD program at the Catholic University of America to study Catechetics, with the goal of teaching future catechists. However, his plans changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's Disease just after moving to Washington, DC for his studies. His new neurologist, after learning that Paul was studying theology, asked him why people suffer. He had no answer since it was not his intended field of study, but the question intrigued him enough to cause him to take up the subject. Five years later, having earned his PhD in moral theology, Dr. Chaloux wrote Why We Suffer for general audiences as a follow on to his dissertation, The Grace Concealed in Suffering: Developing Virtue and Beatitude, which hedefended at CUA on March 5, 2020. Dr. Chaloux currently teaches theology as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America and serves as a catechist at St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, Virginia. He has been married for over thirty years to his wife Sue and they have 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.5 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .75 Inches (D)
Weight: .8 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christian Theology
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Theme: Apologetics
Format: Paperback
Author: Paul Chaloux
Language: English
Street Date: April 27, 2021
TCIN: 82201495
UPC: 9781644134214
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-2166
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

Thought Provoking

5 out of 5 stars
JPHigh - 3 years ago
Paul's view of suffering really opened my eyes on my views of suffering. In one of his first interviews before I even read the book the term “evil detector” grabbed me. Our lives are short and we are all going to suffer at some point in some way. After reading, I may never suffer again as I will just take it as God’s plan, deal with it in the best way possible, try to make it less, and make sure my “evil detector” is set so I never display any in any form. I am better for reading his book.
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Benefits of suffering

5 out of 5 stars
Mister Ed H - 3 years ago
Paul Chaloux examines the reasons why a loving God allows suffering in our lives, even for those who are most faithful in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul uses illustrations from the Bible to demonstrate how suffering can be a refining benefit, if we embrace the suffering and continue to be thankful for God's redeeming grace. I have known Paul for many years, as a colleague working for the same multinational company, and I can attest to the fact that this book is also a story of Paul's journey through life, and the physical sufferings that he has endured as a child, and now as an adult. Paul exemplifies the challenge presented to all who face suffering in 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Your thinking will be challenged, and your heart will be encouraged and blessed as you read and ponder the contents of this book.
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Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

5 out of 5 stars
Linda Shedd - 3 years ago
Wonderful scholarship and very attractively presented. It is an inspirational read. Fr. Robert Grattorati Pastor St. Joseph’s Church Charlton, Massachusettts
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Rich and articulate exploration!

5 out of 5 stars
Liz Uslander - 3 years ago
Why All People Suffer is a beautiful modern synthesis of the Catholic Theology of Suffering. It poignantly and courageously describes the meaning of God’s call to accept and transcend suffering, dives into the nature of the journey itself, and affirms the power of redemptive love in the process. As an ecumenical counselor working in the field of grief and end of life care, I have found Why All People Suffer to be a valuable resource and a gift of truth, beautifully presented, clearly articulated, and ripe for deep exploration.
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A Necessary Book

5 out of 5 stars
B Dawkins - 3 years ago
I am delighted to have encountered a work that so clearly and methodically addresses one of the knottiest issues a faithful Catholic can face: the problem of suffering. In my experience, the problem of suffering is among the biggest reasons why a person may turn away from the Catholic faith or hesitate from embracing it in the first place. The idea that a good God, who has power over every occurrence in the world, will allow terrible tragedy is a puzzling one. It seems to undermine the core Catholic notion that God was good and loving enough to take on a human nature and become our Savior. Add to that the fact that “the problem of suffering” is rarely theoretical, and it is very easy to see why one would allow suffering to get in the way of one’s relationship with God. The thing is, the Catholic Church has an answer to the “problem of suffering”. Why All People Suffer by Doctor Paul Chaloux is the most comprehensive, well-sourced account of this answer that I have yet come across. Drawing from such seminal theologians as Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas, Chaloux presents some of the Church’s most compelling arguments as to why suffering is an important element of our lives and how it in fact calls us to a deeper relationship with a God who also suffered on the cross. Why All People Suffer isn’t all summery of Church teaching and past theologians’ positions, however. Chaloux also presents some fascinating original concepts. For example, one that I found to be particularly insightful was the idea that it is a categorical error to consider suffering to be intrinsically problematic. Chaloux broaches this idea immediately, during a discussion of Epicurus’ declaration that the presence of suffering indicates a deficient God. Epicurus, Chaloux points out, didn’t consider that suffering might exist to bring about good. This idea colours the rest of the book as we are invited to reconsider the nature of suffering, and view the effects of suffering in a way we never have before. A book that recategorizes suffering, proposing it as something that can bring about good, is not just for Catholics. The idea that suffering is not meaningless ought to bring hope to anybody of any or no faith. Chaloux backs his proposition with logic and clarity that extends beyond the teachings of the Catholic Church and that can appeal to anyone with an open mind. The methods by which one can “put suffering to use” can bring fulfillment and hope to the lives of anyone. I heartily recommend this book!
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Great read!

5 out of 5 stars
Rich A - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is a a thought provoking read. The melding of many sources both biblical and contemporary into to one cohesive perspective is impressive. I learned a lot and reconsidered things I didn't previously understand.
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A message of hope for those suffering

5 out of 5 stars
Kathy R - 3 years ago
Dr Chaloux provides an alternative way to look at the experience of suffering. This book, which is fairly academic and religious in nature, demonstrates how to find the bright side of suffering and shares the positive impact you can have on others in your experience. For anyone who is feeling demoralized or hopeless by suffering or the suffering of a loved one, this is definitely worth a read.
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Suffering does have meaning

5 out of 5 stars
Peter Zolper - 3 years ago
An eternal and very challenging topic, Chaloux offers both deeply personal and theological insights that were very helpful. Having suffered with extreme sickness himself for years, he searched for answers, as we all do in some form or another. Like the Prodigal Son, he finds that suffering, properly understood, has a purpose in God's plan, it can reorient us toward virtue and God, and in turn unleashing love which ultimately is redemptive for the sufferer.
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Great Read

5 out of 5 stars
Dan - 3 years ago
This was one of the most thought provoking books I have read! Not only does Dr. Chaloux lay out the foundations of why suffering happens but completely makes you rethink how you view the topic. I also liked that he touched on his own suffering, what a life he has had. Great read for those looking for some help and guidance.
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A message for all of us!

5 out of 5 stars
John Halligan - 3 years ago
I highly recommend you buy Why All People Suffer. No one goes through life without a moment or period of great pain and suffering. Yes, the degree may vary from person to person, but suffering is an unavoidable part of all of our lives. Imagine feeling blessed instead of cursed. Imagine feeling God's love instead of his wrath. Paul makes the infallible argument God's love for us is even more evident in our suffering. You'll be inspired never to feel self-pity and victimized again after reading his book.
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Suffering has Meaning!

5 out of 5 stars
Ann K - 3 years ago
Dr. Chaloux's book "Why All People Suffer" provides hope and meaning to all sorts of human suffering -- from daily struggles with addiction to living with chronic pain and illness. In my practice as a mental health therapist, I often see clients question the meaning of their suffering, wondering if they are being punished or forgotten by God. Dr. Chaloux's book provides us with hope as he explains how a loving God uses suffering to enhance the common good and perfect each of us. He explains that suffering is not evil or punishment, but rather guidance on what to avoid and motivation to attain what we need. An excellent read for all!
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How suffering can be used to help you and others

5 out of 5 stars
Sue - 3 years ago
A well written book offering comforting advise on a very difficult topic. My husband suffers from a debilitating disease and this books help me better understand how his suffering can be used to enhance our relationship with God. I recommend this book to anyone who deals with suffering - either themselves, their family, their friends,....
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