25 March 2018

Author Katie Clark - Losing a Child to Cancer


Author Katie Clark

Katie, welcome to Overcoming With God blog.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 
Thanks so much for having me! I’m glad to be here.

Would you tell us about one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? 
That is extremely easy to identify yet extremely hard to write 😊. The hardest thing I have ever faced is the death of my daughter, who went to heaven a year and nine months ago, at the ripe old age of 10. She had cancer twice in her short life, first diagnosed at 3, and later at 9.

(CFP: Katie, we are so sorry you had to suffer this tragic loss.)

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
John 14 tells us to not let our hearts be troubled…this has been an immensely comforting passage to me since the moment of Emma’s earthly death (I say earthly, because of course I know she is ALIVE, she’s only moved residence!)

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
Clinging wholly to God’s promises of salvation, heaven, and hope. That is the long and short of it. I realized early on that either I believed this “God thing” was real, or I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong—I have gone to church my entire life. I have been saved since childhood. I know God is real, and my faith has never wavered. But in the midst of such heartache, I had to buckle down and decide whether I REALLY believed it. Because if I did, I had hope. And I had to act like it. (Sometimes easier said than done!)

(CFP: Clinging wholly to God is what has gotten me through, too, in difficult times. He is our Hope.)

Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print? 
Unfortunately, no on the audio part as well as the large print part. However, if the book is purchased through Pelican Book Group, my publisher, it can be bought as a PDF. In this case, it can be read out loud by Adobe Reader on the computer. Also, I believe certain types of Kindles can read aloud (though either of these options would be the plain, robotic voice rather than a voice actor).

BIO:
KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes inspirational romance for adults as well as young adult speculative fiction, including her upcoming YA romantic fantasy The Rejected Princess. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The Rejected Princess by Katie Clark
Giveaway: An ebook copy of The Rejected Princess will go to one of our readers! Answer Katie's Question for our readers: What’s your favorite Scripture passage, and why?

24 comments:

  1. I have a son who just turned 36, he was born with a tumor. It was agressive and he went through stuff that grown adults would cry for. After one of 30 surgeries, he lost all hearing on one side, had temporary (we weren't sure until time had passed) on his left side, had reduced eye sight (tumor spread to optic nerve) 9 months of chemo and many hard days; my son survived! Though he did die on the operating table at age 6. The Dr told me it took 15 minutes to bring him back. Well of course I never said anything to him. After hee came home from the hospital, about a month after that, he said, "I went to heaven Mom. " what do you say to that? I said, "you did, when?" He proceeded to tell me everything he saw in the operating room while he's with Jesus.He told me that Jesus wanted me to know that He loves me and he's taking care of me. This happened again 8 years later, due to any infection in his brain. I was questioning why my son had to go through this and where was God in all of this. I got my answer! Be still and know that I am God.

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    1. Wow, what a tremendous story. Thank you for sharng, and I'm so glad he is doing well!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this painful memory. It's both sad and encouraging, all at the same time.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story with us. God bless you and your family.

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  4. Thank you for sharing. My favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17 because I love to think of our Lord rejoicing over me.

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    1. That is definitely a wonderful thought!

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    2. Hi Nancy! You've won a copy of The Rejected Princess, which released today! Please get in touch with your email address so I can speak with you!!! You can email me at katieclarkbooks @ yahoo.com (remove spaces).

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  5. Thank you for having me Carrie!

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter, Katie. I don't know how people handle such a loss without Jesus and the confidence that they will see their loved ones again.

    I am looking forward to your upcoming release.

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    1. I agree, Barbara. Christ is my solid rock.

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  7. What an incredible interview. Thank you for sharing.
    Good luck and God's blessings, Katie.
    PamT

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter Katie, thank you for sharing your story with us.
    One of my favorite Scripture verses is Isaiah 40:31 KJV... But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Another great verse! Thanks for your kind words ♡.

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  9. Hey, Katie! I can remember how devastated I felt when I learned Emma had passed away, and I know it was nothing compared to how you and your entire family felt. My heart still breaks for you.
    I recently was reading my devotional--the First 5 app, which is phenomenal, and I read it every day--and we were reading part of 2nd Kings, I think, about a king who was good--most of them were not good at all--and God gave him leprosy, and he had it for the rest of his life and had to live in a separate house. And the writer of the devotional said something about how God must have loved him so much to give him leprosy. But I actually understood what she meant. I feel like God has given me the hard things I've been given because he wanted me to get closer to him and not miss the hard lessons that would draw me deeper spiritually.
    I don't know if that makes any sense. LOL! But I just wanted to come by and say hi. Love you, Katie. And Love the premise of your new book!!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Mel! Love you too!

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  10. Hi Katie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard that must have been. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us to cling "wholly to God." Good luck with your new book!

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  11. Your words will help many, I'm sure. Sending love and hugs!

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    1. Suzy Parish you are our winner for an ebook giveaway of Katie's book. Thanks for visiting her testimony post on Overcoming with God blog!

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  12. Thank you Katie Clark for sharing your testimony with our Overcoming with God readers. God bless and keep you!

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