• Archive for March, 2009

    “When Answers” hits #1 on Amazon\’s Christian Living list

    March 17, 2009 // 2 Comments »

    Wow, what a day! Thank you to everyone who responded to our April 1 Amazon.com campaign. The result was phenomenal:

    • #1 in the Christian Living category
    • #2 in the Theology category
    • #122 in the Books category

    What does this mean? Well, out of the hundreds of thousands of books available on Amazon.com, we reached an overall ranking on April 1 of 122. Out of the thousands of books classified as “Christian Living,” we hit #1. Yes, that\’s #1. And #2 in “Theology.” Simply amazing.

    Of course, more important than rankings and sales is the hope this book will bring to readers. And thanks to you, many more people now know about When Answers Aren\’t Enough because of the visibility you helped give it. I can\’t say thanks enough.

    Please continue to pray for the book to spread, and if you meant to order it on April 1 but forgot, no worries. Swing on over to Amazon.com.

    God bless, and thanks again for making April 1 so special.

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    Philip Yancey endorses When Answers Aren\’t Enough

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    Bestselling author Philip Yancey, who for more than 30 years has written about the problem of pain and the questions of the Christian faith, has endorsed When Answers Aren\’t Enough.

    Yancey says, “No campus pastor should have to face the questions Matt Rogers did after the shooting at his school, Virginia Tech. Then again, can any of us avoid these very questions? Tempered by tragedy, Matt explores both doubt and hope, and emerges with compassionate wisdom.”

    I\’ve been a fan of Philip Yancey\’s writing ever since I discovered his book Disappointment with God. That was ten years ago. My admiration for him and his work has only grown in the decade since, and it is a deep honor to have him endorse my first book.

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    When Answers Aren\’t Enough releases on April 1 from Zondervan

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    The official release of When Answers Aren\’t Enough: Experiencing God as Good When Life Isn\’t has been set for April 1. That is the date after which you should find the book in stores. Of course, you need not wait till then to order the book. You can pre-order from both Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

    As we move closer to April 1, I\’ll have some thoughts on how you can help spread the word about the book, so stop by mattrogers.us often for updates!

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    Losing God moves into copy-editing phase

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    My second book, Losing God: Clinging to Faith through Doubt and Depression, has entered the phase of the publishing process known as copyediting. That means major writing and revising has ended and the book\’s finer details are now coming together. What exactly all those details are, beats me. Even after going through the process once, I\’m not sure what all copyediting entails. But I know it entails a lot, and that copyeditors are amazing, wonderful people who make writers look way better than they really are. I also know this is where some poor soul (in this case, Elaina Whittenhal at InterVarsity Press) must contend with my grammar. She\’ll go sentence by sentence looking for problems missed during writing and revising.

    Losing God: Clinging to Faith through Doubt and Depression releases November 2008 from InterVarsity Press.

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