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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

“The Shack”

I spent the past weekend reading The Shack, the #1 New York Times Bestseller by Wm. Paul Young. This book was so easy to get into–I couldn’t put it down. Some parts had me scared to death, other parts had me sobbing, and all of it made me think! I came away from the book with such great peace, and a new understanding of life.

I know the mere mention of religion or spirituality can turn people off, but I’ll take my chances because I know many of you will greatly benefit from this book. It’s not just geared toward traditional Christianity, and is more spirituality than organized religion. I think this book would make a wonderful gift for someone struggling with loss, and we all go through loss! We lose loved ones, dreams for our future, jobs, wealth, a marriage, youth, our looks, health, and finally life itself.

Honestly, I’ve always wondered why God lets bad, and sometimes truly horrific things happen to good people. Seeing these horrible things occur made me question if there really was a God, because wouldn’t he intervene? I mean, I brake and swerve to save the life of a poor little squirrel in the road, can’t God prevent innocent children from dying???! The Shack answered that question for me. 

I think many highly educated people don’t know how to blend what they know about science with religion, and this book will help you with that, too. Others don’t see a need for religion and like to pretend to have control over things in life. I think that if the events of 9/11, Katrina, and the economic crisis have taught us anything it’s that we as humans don’t really have much control. This can be extremely frightening, but The Shack will put you at peace.

So whether you’re religious or spiritual, atheist or go to church every Sunday, an avid reader or haven’t read a book in years, pick it up next time you’re at Borders or Barnes & Noble and give it a shot! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

– Miss A

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