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When Answers Arent Enough [Paperback]

By Rogers Matt (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310286816  
EAN  9780310286813  
UPC  025986286811  

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On April 16, 2007, the campus of Virginia Tech experienced a collective nightmare when thirty-three students were killed in the worst massacre in modern U.S. history. Following that horrendous event, VA Tech campus pastor Matt Rogers found himself asking and being asked, ?Where is God in all of this?? The cliché-ridden, pat answers rang hollow. In this beautifully written reflection, Rogers illumines the path for experiencing God as truly good when life isn?t.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matt Rogers is a director with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco. Matt served as the senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy for Recovery Act Implementation from 2009 to 2010. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and holds an MBA from Yale's School of Management.

Matt Rogers was born in 1977.

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When Answers Aren't Enough  Feb 6, 2009
When tragedy strikes it is a natural reaction for people to cry out for answers to the haunting question, "Why?" When Answers Aren't Enough centers around Rogers' own heartache and struggle to understand how God can give so many good gifts and yet allow such evil.

Following the horrendous event on the Virginia Tech campus where thirty-three students were killed in the worst massacre in modern U.S. history, Matt Rogers, campus pastor (New Life Christian Fellowship,) found himself being asked, "Where is God in all of this?" The cliché-heavy, token answers he had grown up with rang hollow within the deepest part of his soul. In this personally poignant reflection, Rogers sheds glimpses of light on the path to experiencing God as truly good when life is not. It will not be an easy path but it is a necessary one to walk as a Christ-follower.

Broken into three parts, When Answers Aren't Enough, introduces the grim reality of life, then takes you back to the perfect beginning of life as God intended it to be with the conclusion offering hope for the future as God's will is accomplished. Rogers is not afraid to ask the difficult questions, even though we will not get satisfactory answers this side of Heaven. Here are a few excerpts from chapter 10 in part one: "Are we, then, not safe? Will God not protect us? . . . We Americans have an especially hard time believing constant happiness is not a guarantee . . . And if God wants us happy, then he must want us safe." He continues, " . . . in the first place, where did we get our belief that faith makes us safe? And is it possible that this expectation of constant happiness comes, not from any promise in Scripture, but from having lived so long in relative peace?"

The chapter where Rogers sits down and interviews Mark and Joyce Bryant who lost six of their nine children in a house fire (2006) was heavy with grief, yet hopeful. Their thoughts were both authentic and encouraging. When asked how they avoided feeling that God was angry with them or judging them, Mark stated, "I think one thing that probably helped was that, as a family, we had always walked closely with the Lord. Not perfectly, of course, but closely and consistently. We didn't just believe that God was loving--we knew it. And we knew it before any of this happened. Knowing God as good beforehand helped us in knowing God as good afterward."

There is a raw frankness and great courage within the author's words. He's searching and holding on tightly to his faith. This is more his personal story than the stories of the students affected at Virginia Tech. As a reader, I would have liked to hear more student interviews sprinkled within his journey.

The endnotes in When Answers Aren't Enough are a helpful source of additional information.

This would be an excellent gift for those who are "walking through the valley of the shadow of death" as well as for those who need a reality check about God's goodness in times of tragedy.

Review by Dale Lewis for TitleTrakk
In the wake of Virginia Tech  Oct 6, 2008
What an amazing book that cuts to the heart of how we experience God in the midst of great tragedy and death. Gave me a new perspective on walking with God in a broken world.
Help for the Grieving  Sep 15, 2008
When Answers Aren't Enough, Experiencing God as Good When Life Isn't by Matt Rogers is a great help to those that are grieving and for those wanting to help those who are in the grieving process. The author discusses the horror of the Virginia Tech shootings. Where is God? How can I find him? He talks about death and our reactions to tradgedy and of finding a reason or resoning for why these things occur. He talks of how you can handle this type of situation for yourself and for those who are suffering from a tradgedy. This book is a great way to reach out to those in mourning and offers insite to reach out to the suffering and find the road to wellness. I would recommend to everyone to have a copy of this book on hand.
Heartfelt and Helpful Dialogue  Sep 15, 2008
When Answers Aren't Enough is a work of deep expression and emotions put onto paper for all to see straight from the heart of Matt Rogers. Through this book, Matt was able to retell what it was like to be part of the Virgina Tech family during their extreme loss, but it goes well beyond that as well. He delves into many different examples of tragedy where people have screamed, "There is no God! He would not let this happen, if there was", and takes the reader past dwelling on the questions.

Truly answers are not enough for comprehending heart break, but usually it is not unless we are past the questions that we can truly see that fact in front of us. This book is a painful and pleasant journey through pain and the after thought. It is a well written conversation between Matt and the reader, and it is one that I suggest everyone should take part in experiencing.

God is good, and is always good, while life wavers on what it seems to want to be. But through the bad in life we can then see the good in God. I'd suggest this book as a read for anyone and everyone. This is a dictation of what really matters, and that's Christ, our Lord God and his will and design.
A wonderful book that inspires hope  Aug 9, 2008
Mark Rogers' "When Answers Aren't Enough" is a heartbreaking and hopeful read, not offering answers for how to handle tragedy, but rather pointing the reader to the ultimate source of comfort, God. The novel is broken into three parts. Part One introduces the grim reality that is life. Part Two takes you back to the perfect beginning of life as God intended it to be. Part Three offers hope for the future as God's will is accomplished.

The stories within these pages of this emotional novel are told by the author with raw frankness and great courage. The end notes are a helpful source of additional information.

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