When Answers Aren't Enough: Experiencing God as Good When Life Isn't - eBook  -     By: Matt Rogers
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Zondervan / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310543329
ISBN-13: 9780310543329
UPC: 025986543327

Publisher's Description

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, Virginia 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 book, Matt approaches the pain of the world with personal perspective—dealing with his hurting community as well as standing over the hospital bed of his own father—and goes beyond answers, beyond theodicy, beyond the mere intellectual. When Answers Aren’t Enough drives deeper, to the heart of our longing, in search of a God we can experience as good when life isn’t.

Author Bio

Matt Rogers is copastor of New Life Christian Fellowship at Virginia Tech. Eight hundred students call it home.

Publisher's Weekly

Rogers, a pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship at Virginia Tech, reflects on the tragedy that shook the campus (and the nation) in April 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 fellow students and professors. However, this isn't primarily a message of pastoral comfort, or even a journalistic account about how students of faith have walked through their grief. (Rogers is more than 50 pages into the book before he mentions that one of the students who died attended his church.) Instead, it centers around Rogers's own heartache and struggle to understand how God can give so many good gifts and yet allow such horror. While there are poetic moments, and readers will be comforted by his thoughts on the way the world was meant to be and the world that is to come, there's little new, and all the brooding introspection can become wearying. With a release timed around the anniversary of the shootings, there promises to be a lot of interest and plenty of media opportunities. Unfortunately, the book could have been much better if Rogers had gotten out of his own pain and focused on the students he works with. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    When Answers Aren't Enough
    April 13, 2015
    Little Lady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book does a good job of moving through the stages of grief and showing that God is good even when horrible things happen in this world. It was helpful to me and I plan to pass it on to a friend who is having a hard time understanding why sometimes good people die early and evil people live longer.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    More than I ever expected
    May 20, 2011
    Betty Whelham
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 9, 2008
    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.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    June 22, 2008
    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.
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