Jessica, describe yourself for our visitors.
Jessica T. Rogers is the mother of three children. She lives in Rossville, Georgia where she works as an online newspaper reporter. Jessica is a proud member of the body of Christ and firmly believes that anyone can be saved by faith through grace. Aside from her work with the newspaper, Jessica also writes articles, books and blogs where she shares the gospel of the grace of God with anyone who will listen and read.
How do you find time to connect with God?
God is everywhere. I don’t believe that you have to be in a specific place to connect or speak with Him. I talk (pray) to God whenever and wherever I feel the need to talk. But my quiet time with God is when I’m in my reading corner with my Bible and a cup of green tea. I read. He speaks. I listen.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 has gotten me through some tough times. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I like Nicole S. Rouse, Terry McMillan and Toni Morrison. Aside from the Bible, I can’t choose a favorite book. There are too many great ones!
Tell us about your journey to publication.
This journey to publication has been one that I believe was led by God. By the Grace was written a few years ago when I lived in Birmingham. I finished the story but I never felt like it was done. Something was missing. I knew what I wanted to address in the
story—church corruption, forgiveness and redemption. But it wasn’t complete. The manuscript sat on my computer for years. As I battled with myself and other religious organizations about what’s right and what’s wrong in the church, I became more and
more confused. I was in search of a true relationship with the Lord. I didn’t care about religion or denomination. I just wanted the truth. Period.
Then one day, I happen to go to a local radio station (WJOC AM 1490) to meet with a woman. She wasn’t there. But, her partner was there. We started talking about the Bible and he introduced me to the dispensation of the grace of God. Simply explained: we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not of works. We can never do anything to earn salvation. It is a gift from God. And if we believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again as payment for our sins, we are saved. Not works required. From that lesson came many more.
Since, I have connected with a lot of wonderful people and some great teachers. Then, I knew what the book had been missing. I got back to it and finished it. I self published it and here we are! I will always be thankful that I went to that office that day. The meeting changed my life! Thank God!
Tell us about your current book.
By the Grace is about two people who were both raised in a church filled with religious traditions who grew tired about the traditions and wanted simply a relationship with the Lord. They wanted salvation but never felt they had it.
Her prayer is answered when she meets Derek, the new pastor of a local church he inherited from his father. Derek is straight out of seminary. He abandoned his initial plans to teach college to take over the family business. Like Mary, he grew up in church knowing some things were off but didn’t know how to change it. His motive for taking over the church once his father retired was to “correct” the wrongs and get rid of the corruption and modernize the church. Of course, he is met with opposition form his
older and very traditional congregation. On top of that, Derek is dealing with a secret addiction to pornography. So, he has some real issues to work through. The real test of his faith comes when his path crosses with Mary, a porn actress who is seeking the salvation once and for all.
Mary has had a rough road to travel. She suffered sexual abuse from a caretaker in church when she was a child. So she has spent most of her life rebelling against her family who she blames for allowing it to happen and of course, her church. She became a product of that abuse—getting into pornography, drugs—anything to numb herself. This was her way to obtain peace. But the drugs and sex aren’t helping anymore. She wants real peace and to live her life free of secrets.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
My favorite is Mary. She is strong and sincere. I would compare her to a modern day Mary Magdalene because they were both ostracized for committing sinful acts. But both end up having a great and inspiring testimony.
What’s next for you?
I am working on my next book called The Conversation. It is still in the works. But it’s a powerful story that asks the question everyone should ask ‘If you were to die right now, where would you spend eternity?’ The answers the characters give are just phenomenal.
Where can visitors find you on line?
Jessica T. Rogers can be found at www.wayofgracemedia.com, www.myspace.com/jessicatrogers and www.twitter.com/JessicaTRogers