I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered 4 more to give to friends. When I first started reading this book it seemed a bit morbid and I wondered if I should put it down but, as I got into it, it far exceeded my expectations. I have a daughter who was shot in the head about 25 years ago. She has been very bitter toward God and often declared that she does not believe in God. Through some unexpected circumstances she is now in our home and I have been reading the book to her. She now says she believes in God and that, inspite of her situation, she believes God is truly good. The book made me more aware of God's presence and the beauty He has created all around us.
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.
Mark Rogers When Answers Arent 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 Gods 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.
Matt Rogers tries to unlock that nagging question that haunts those who have experienced tragedy in their lives--"Why would God allow this?" However, this well written narrative feels more like one man's struggle to try to come to terms with a good God in a bad situation and finding Him (which is encouraging) but doesn't necessarily meet his intended goal of being an example to help others come to the same conclusion. I often felt more depressed and empathetic for him, rather than translating it to helping others or myself feel better. (Kind of like having to read Lamentations in the Bible only on good days so I don't have a black cloud over my head.) It is possible, however, that this book will mean more to those that also went through a horrendous experience like the VT killings and may have similar unanswered questions. Still worth a read.
I found this book honest and at times, heart-wrenching. But in the end, it is also eminently hopeful. It didn't offer up canned responses, it did exactly as I hoped it would. It pointed to the Creator. I would highly recommend this book to anyone grieving.