After Shock author Kent Annan, “when Your World is Shaken”


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Kent Annan is author of After Shock (2011) and Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (2009).

Kent is also co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. He’s worked in Haiti since 2003–first living there and now traveling there regularly from Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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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.

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