Matt Rogers was working as a pastor April 16th, 2007, when 32 students were killed at Virginia Tech University, in one of the worst mass killings in modern American history. Rogers works through the grief and pain of the event that reminds him of our morality and forces the question, Why?
Rogers interviews one student who witnessed the shootings and miraculously survived. The student accounts the experience in horrifying detail. Rogers also interviews two parents who lost six of their nine children in an accidental explosion. Rogers asks difficult questions, faces the ugly truth, opens his own hurting wounds, and finds that God is good.
He searches for God’s presence in the beautiful South Carolina woods, along the Atlantic Ocean, and walking among the Colorado Rockies (which provide some of his best written scenes). He looks for God’s goodness standing beside gravesites, among the poor and needy, and in the church community. He works through the process of grief and calls us to imagine what the world will be in the future. Continually reminding us of Christ’s long-awaited renewal of the world.
Written in a meditative style that echoes Philip Yancey, Brennan Manning, and Henri Nouwen, Rogers is a voice that will offer comfort and hope. When Answers Aren’t Enough is available today (April 1st) (here with a sample chapter) and his second book Losing God: Clinging to Faith Through Doubt and Depression (Intervarsity Press) is due out in November (found here).