The end notes are a helpful source of additional information. If I close my eyes and take in the quiet, I can almost imagine nothing happened here. God is good, and is always good, while life wavers on what it seems to want to be. Synopsis 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. I didn't know what to say. We should feel that way, because it means that we aren't meant for this world and are looking forward to the next one. In this personally poignant reflection, Rogers sheds glimpses of light on the path to experiencing God as truly good when life is not.
On days when I have time, I drive out to Pandapas Pond in Jefferson National Forest to be in nature. Take the journey with Matt Rogers in search of a God that is Good, regardless of when life isn't. Thirty-two innocent people lost their lives that day before the shooter turned the gun on himself and took his own life. Rogers is not afraid to ask the difficult questions, even though we will not get satisfactory answers this side of Heaven. I picture my mom and dad, heartbroken, kneeling by a stone for me, had I been among the dead.
Each is all that remains of a son, a daughter, a husband who will never come home again. In this book, Matt appr 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. And we'll have to trust that this resting is not wasted time, that it is actually life-giving and possibly the surest way of avoiding eventual despair. Thirty-two innocent people lost their lives that day before the shooter turned the gun on himself and took his own life. It's his contention, in Part 2, Remembering the World That Was, that we can only be healed by Our Loving God, not by our own minds and answers. The stately bell tower of Burruss Hall rises proudly above the rest. He lives and works there still.
. If we do not make a habit of sitting in silence, listening for the whisper of a good God, we will never hear it at all. It seems so obvious, but I needed it spelled out for me, literally. He lives and works there still. I have passed this book along to other family members.
The semester has ended, most of the students are gone, and only the sounds of insects disturb the stillness of the summer evening air. I purchased this book because many family members have become very ill recently. Teach me how to live for You and not sin anymore. When mass losses of life like this happen, as with Sept 11th, 2001 and in other tragic events throughout the world, we all begin Matt Rogers, copastor of New Life Christian Fellowship at Virginia Tech, takes us through his own personal reflections and experiences that started the day of April 16th, 2007. In this beautifully written reflection, Rogers illumines the path for experiencing God as truly good when life isnt. Part Two takes you back to the perfect beginning of life as God intended it to be. For a time, there was no world beyond this place.
In this beautifully written reflection, Rogers illumines the path for experiencing God as truly good when life isn't. Title from: Title details screen. This is a summer of mourning. Rogers' insights on this and other issues make the book a must read. Rogers does a fantastic job of putting the grieving process into prospective. Now check out my post on discipleship:. The novel is broken into three parts.
The E-mail message field is required. 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. I tend to do that when stuck on a question. He doesn't cover up, pacify, downplay, brush aside, minimize or rush past--all the things the rest of the world tends to do in its discomfort with the whole subject of death and dying. Let's pray: Heavenly Father, just now I realize that I am a sinner and I need Jesus.
His book did not really change or deeply challenge my thoughts on God's goodness in tragedy, but it did put into words the emotions I have felt and the thoughts I've had and solidified my life experiences, as well as helped me to reflect on how I can keep my faith strong when it is challenged by such earthly challenges as death. When God created the world, death was not a part of it; it was introduced with sin. In this beautifully written reflection, Rogers illumines the path for experiencing God as truly good when life isn't. He addresses death in a way I've never seen before. 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. Then contact me or seek out a Christian friend or a Pastor in a Christian church to learn more about being a Christian.
On one is written a simple, anguished note. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. When mass losses of life like this happen, as with Sept 11th, 2001 and in other tragic events throughout the world, we all begin to ask the same questions. When Answers Aren't Enough by Matt Rogers is the author's response to the pain and loss after the Virginia Tech shootings of one year ago today. Part One introduces the grim reality that is life. 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.
The stories within these pages of this emotional novel are told by the author with raw frankness and great courage. If you'd lik Rhonda's Review: Working through grief is a very traumatic emotional experience. This may be a bit heavy for a beach read, but I definitely recommend it to anyone working through a loss. Instead, he's angry, and with good reason. This book is a painful and pleasant journey through pain and the after thought. So it is natural that we feel sad, angry, and hurt when death affects us. How could a God that is Good let these things happen? 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.