Sandi Rog is the author of YAHSHUA’S BRIDGE the second book in her Iron and the Stone series. Her first book was THE MASTER’S WALL, which won the Small Publishers Book of the Year Award, and her most recent release is a western romance titled WALKS ALONE.
I met Sandi Rog through ACFW and an online writers group HisWriters--those who have either published or planned works with European characters.
Sandi, welcome to Overcoming Through Time.
Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here!
Would you share either the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help, or the most tragic situation or circumstance one of your character’s has had to get past?
Okay, I’ve been sitting on this question for weeks! That’s why it took so long to get this back to you, Carrie. But I finally know what to share.
This last year I’ve been battling cancer. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs, with trusting in God and doubting Him, with wanting to give up and wanting to fight. I’ve been an emotional mess.
After going through a stem cell transplant in May of 2011, then finding out in September that the cancer came back, and then going through radiation, I finally gave up.
Here’s what I mean. I had to give up two things: my children and my fight.
I have an idea of how Abraham and Hannah must have felt when they had to give up their children.
You see, my motivation to survive has been my children. Seeing their faces and knowing how much they need me made me fight that much harder. I wouldn’t let them go. But I finally had to realize that ultimately they’re not my children. They belong to God. Of course, I’ve always known that, but this time, I had to trust in that, trust in God to take care of them for me if it was His will for me to go home. So, mentally I had to literally hand each one of my children over to Him. I watched them in my mind, floating up to God and out of my hands and into God’s hands. That wasn’t easy, but once I did that, I knew they’d be fine because God would take care of them for me. After all, He loves them even more than I do!
Shortly after that (and radiation), I was exhausted and decided I was DONE. Done fighting, and just done. That’s when I prayed and told God I was finished fighting, and if He wanted me to survive on this earth, He was gonna have to do the fighting for me. When I let go of my fight against cancer, I can’t tell you how much relief I felt. The anxiety left. The fear diminished.
Everything was all in God’s hands, and what better hands could my children and my life be in?
I can’t say the fear was completely gone because I didn’t know what God wanted. Did He want to take me home, or did He want me to stay here longer? And if He wanted to take me home, would it be a slow and painful journey? So, I still had fear about those things.
Well, not long after that, I got a PET scan, which I scheduled to happen after Christmas (I didn’t want to ruin our Christmas with bad news; with all the pain I had in my back, we were sure it was covered in cancer).
I did the PET scan and two days later went in for the results. My sister came with me and my husband, and as we were in the waiting room, she shook out her hands and said her palms were sweating. She didn’t want to be there. Ha! I said, neither did I!
Anyway, I was finally called into the doctor’s office, and when the doc came in, she said they couldn’t find cancer anywhere in my body. The three of us just sat there in stunned disbelief. Before I could ask, she said the pain in my back was from a fractured rib due to the cancer and then the radiation. Then she pronounced me in remission!
Needless to say, we asked a lot of questions and left in shock. LOL I still have plans to go back to see my naturopathic doctor in AZ just to give this cancer one last major blast. Now we’re simply praying that it doesn’t come back.
So, that’s the most difficult thing I’ve had to face and overcome. Not necessarily overcoming “cancer,” but learning to let go and let God.
What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Jeremiah 17:7-8. I think it’s my favorite because it shows the power of faith. Even when our circumstances are difficult, simply trust in God—no matter what.
My books are all available on Kindle, which has an audio capability.
What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
That they’re not alone in their struggles. That God is with them throughout it all, even during the lowest valley and when He feels far away. I also want readers to know they can be overcomers, to cling to the Lord no matter what happens in this life.
As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
For Yahshua’s Bridge, it was what the Romans did to interrogate the Christians. To find information on that, and all the steps they took to “save” the Christians or to make sure they truly weren’t Christians was bitter sweet. On one hand, they tried to get the Christians to deny their faith because they didn’t want to execute them. On the other hand, the things they made them do to prove they weren’t Christians were blasphemous.
For my book Walks Alone (which is a romance about the Cheyenne Native American tribe), I learned that genocide wasn’t only practiced by Hitler, but it was done on American soil. That really shocked me when I learned about the Sandcreek Massacre.
In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
My story is about growing up with abuse and how we allow it to affect us. We can either be angry or trust in God and let it form us into a stronger person. I was abused as a kid, and God has made me an overcomer. I want others to learn that they can do the same.
Thank you Sandi. A year ago, I prayed that I would be putting up this interview and that God would save Sandi's life and give her an AWESOME testimony of His healing power. This brings tears to my eyes as I prepare for this to go "live" on Sunday. Thank you Jesus, for Sandi, and her survival!!!
Thank you for having me Carrie! So glad I could be here.
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