After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken  -     By: Kent Annan
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Following the earthquake in Haiti, author and activist Annan found himself "living the questions" of suffering---from the epic to the everyday---as he searched for honest faith. Are there realities that your own beliefs can't handle? You'll find courage here in the company of others whose picture of God has been torn by crisis. 144 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830836179
ISBN-13: 9780830836178
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Publisher's Description

In the wake of a historic earthquake in the fragile country of Haiti, Kent Annan considers suffering--from the epic to the everyday--as a problem for faith. Less than two weeks after the release of Kent's book about his work with Haiti Partners, he heard the news. Friends trapped under the rubble of buildings. Friends sprinting across the city looking for family. Churches--including one Kent often attended--turned to rubble. Suddenly Kent and his friends were part of an uncomfortable fellowship: people whose faith is shaken by crisis. Taking courage from the psalmists of old and the company of his grieving neighbors, Kent has found that there is solidarity in suffering. Others have followed life to the edge of meaning and have heard God even there, calling for honest faith. Are there questions or realities your faith can't handle? Kent wrote After Shock to help you find out.

Author Bio

Kent Annan is codirector of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. He's worked in Haiti since 2003living there some of the time and now traveling there regularly from Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children. Annan has spent many of his post-formal-education years going back and forth between North America and working with people who were in different and difficult situations around the world. After receiving his four-year degree, Annan worked for two years in western Europe helping refugees from the former Yugoslavia, Iran, Sierra Leone and other countries. Soon he returned for three years of seminary at Princeton, during which he spent three months studying in India. Upon graduation, he moved to Albania and then Kosovo to work with refugees there. Later he moved back to Princeton to work (and for love!)and a few years later he and his newly acquired wife moved to Haiti for two and a half years. All of these experiences have helped inform Annan's writing and life mission. Ultimately he wants to help people in need as he tries to work out what their lives have to do with ours here in the U.S. His book, tells the story of his move to Haiti and weaves together the nitty gritty joys and stumbles of living and ministering in a two-thirds world environment with reflections about faith, doubt, love and God. Currently the work in Haiti continues to grow. People face incredible daily struggles, but Haiti Partners is investing in education so that Haitians can improve their own situationsand children will grow up with better lives.

Editorial Reviews

"Kent Annan walks his readers through the rubble of the January 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti unforgettably. I have known Kent for eight years since he and his wife first moved here to Haiti and lived with a family in the countryside to learn and experience Haitian life. After Shock tells the story of all of us who have lived through this terrible event."
"Kent Annan's writing is both reflective and purposeful. Searching for faith among the rubble of shattered homes and lives in Haiti, he lifts up lamentations of sorrow and stories of joy. This is a credible book for anyone who has ever wondered where God is in a world full of suffering."
"This is no ivory-tower exploration of faith and doubt. In After Shock, Kent Annan offers a muscular, gritty and devastatingly hopeful model of a faith lived between the questions. Like Haiti after the earthquake, it recoils from quick-fix inspiration or a sappy resolution. Instead it offers something much more powerful: truth."
"Page after page in After Shock, I've been blown away by Kent Annan's raw honesty, risky vulnerability and human sensitivity. On top of that there's his robust and clear writing style. And there's the simple fact of where he's been, what he's seen and felt, what he's asked and refused to accept, and how he's struggled to make sense of it all. It yields a rich book that has the chance, with your cooperation, to make you a better Christian and a better human being."
"Kent Annan asks the hard questions in After Shock. Where was God during and after the Haiti disaster? How could a loving God allow his children to suffer? The questions as well as the answers might surprise you. This is a deeply personal account of a man's walk of faith--a man heavily invested in this island nation and its people."
"Like Kent Annan, I've walked through the devastation of Port-au-Prince and its surrounding mountains in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake. Like Kent I've seen and smelled the tragedy, and shaking questions have met my soul. In After Shock he describes palpably how Christ's broken, resurrected body meets our brokenness in a tangible, fragile, personal way--a way so essential to a lasting faith. After Shock will summon you to a journey of real, vibrant, honest faith in the Holy God who promises to be with us always, even in the bruised and broken circumstances of life."
"Annan has put into words the questions many of us wrestle with in silence, and done so with such humanity and humility, it's impossible to walk away unchanged. This is a raw, beautiful and courageous book, brimming with truth on every page."
"It is hard to explain how I can say that this is a truly beautiful book, when it comes out of a background of such horror. But that was my dominant emotion as I finished it. Beautiful, perhaps, because up-close honesty is beautiful where the clichés of certainty-at-a-distance are repellant. Beautiful because it touches depths of reality where the beauty of God glimmers through the inexplicable darkness of suffering and the desperation of faith, love and hope. Of course, it is also a deeply disturbing book. But if its brutal honesty upsets you, or if the questions it throws before God with baffled anger and gritty trust seem too irreverent, perhaps you have not really spent enough time in the company of Jeremiah, Job, the psalmists--and Jesus. This is a book to read alongside the author at the foot of the cross, and at the empty tomb, where knowing, loving and trusting God make sense, even when understanding his world does not."
" After Shock is one man's scrupulously honest search for God. Although Kent Annan hopes for unshakable faith, he celebrates doubt as part of the process, a necessary part of being alive. There are no easy answers. There may be no answers at all. After Shock is the perfect example of what Rainer Maria Rilke called 'living the questions.' This is a book I will read over and over, for inspiration and for comfort. I loved it."
"Kent Annan struggles with his faith existentially. This is no simple attempt to excuse God for non-interference in the suffering that pervades Port-au-Prince following a devastating earthquake. Instead, it is the poetic confession of a Christian who faces his doubts and questions about God, and yet goes beyond them to find a newer, stronger faith."

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    October 16, 2011
    Raj Kosaraju
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    "There are also shocks to the system when God seems either absent or negligent. Do we ignore these shocks and their aftershocks?"

    For Kent, the shocks and aftershocks refer to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last year. They also refer to the shocks and aftershocks to his faith. Call it, as he does, a "crisis of faith."

    Dear God, Today I come to You, bringing prayers for my neighbors from Haiti before Your throne. I don't know what each and every one is going through right now, but I know that each has their own hurts, challenges, problems, needs. I know that some are grieving, whether over an errant child, a lost job, the death of a loved one or something else; some are lonely; some are lost and need the Savior; some are ill and need healing and comfort; the needs go on.

    ' Aftershock' is an excellent book. I would recommend it to everyone and I pray that the Holy Spirit will minister to each one and meet their spiritual needs. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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    August 17, 2011
    Raj Paul
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    I have really enjoyed reading through this book. 'After Shock' is written by Kent Annan and it has helped me to understand the plight of the people in the island, allowing me to journey through some of the real "faith" stories of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

    Present your body to God for His service. Let it be your foremost goal to make a difference for Christ, and you'll have a life well lived. We need to be fully engaged in living our lives for Christ Jesus. In fact, we ought to live in such a way that when we die, the evil one says, "Whew, glad that one's gone!"
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    March 14, 2011
    sherryb
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    Kent's book grabs you at page 1 and doesn't let up til the end. His honest and transparent struggle with faith and God's nature, justice and mercy are woven through the pages of his experience in Haiti, post earthquake. He and his wife lived and worked with the nationals in Haiti, before it was "cool" to go to Haiti. Because of this, the destruction, loss of friends, and mass devastation as a result of the earthquake had a profoundly personal impact on him. But his struggles with faith are somewhat universal, and so the book resonated deeply with my own heart.
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