About the Book
Book: At Heaven’s Edge
Author: Andrea Jo Rodgers
Genre: Christian Nonfiction
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Veteran EMT Andrea Rodgers has helped hundreds of people in their most vulnerable moments.
Some of the victims faced their mortality head-on and cried out to God for help. Many experienced fleeting but life-changing connections with their first responders. Often these crises became unexpected sources of inspiration.
Now Rodgers shares brief, real-life stories of heroic courage in the face of fear. In times of intense suffering, she has repeatedly witnessed signs of God’s quiet intervention and healing presence.
- A man is resuscitated after Rodgers was able to repair a defibrillator–with her teeth!
- Several bystanders help rescue a young girl who is accidentally buried alive in sand.
- Rodgers also experienced some lighthearted moments, including the time she arrived at the scene of a crime only to find herself in the middle of a mystery dinner theater.
Experience the miracles, the life-and-death drama as you look at life from heaven’s edge.
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About the Author
Andrea Jo Rodgers is the author of award-winning Christian middle grade fiction as well as inspirational adult nonfiction novels. She holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy and specializes in women’s health, orthopedics, and lymphedema. She has served her community as a volunteer emergency medical technician for over thirty years, responding to more than 8,200 first aid and fire calls. She lives on the east coast with her husband, two children, and their two fur babies.
More from Andrea
I’ve always loved writing. In fact, I wrote my first “book” when I was in the first grade. It was about how my mother and brother rescued an injured baby duckling from our town’s lake, so I suppose writing about rescues has been in my blood from a young age.
Several years back, my son and I were in a terrifying elevator accident that event made me step back and take a close look at my life. I thought about my relationships with God, my family, and my friends. I also thought about my goals and my dreams. The accident inspired me to start writing.
I decided to write about my experiences as a volunteer with my town’s first aid squad. I hoped that people might be inspired or comforted by my stories. When I was finished the first draft, I thought that it needed something to pull it all together. That’s when I decided to explain the source of my inspiration for writing the book by including my own 911 call.
When I first joined the first aid squad, I was seventeen and was just starting my senior year of high school. I’ve been a volunteer EMT ever since. Over the years, I have served in many offices, including Captain and President. Currently, I’m the Lieutenant, a trustee, and treasurer of our foundation.
During my time with the squad, I have been fortunate to witness some utterly amazing things. At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue describes inspirational and memorable first aid calls from my early years with the rescue squad, from my school years when I spent summers working as a beach cop through my first years as a physical therapist. Some of the stories in the book are what I would consider to be miracles, some are sad, but faith-filled, and a few humorous. I invite you to join me in experiencing what it is like to serve as a first responder.
Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Andrea Jo Rodgers
What does success as an author look like to you?
Success as an author is a multi-faceted concept to me. I love when a person tells me how my books changed their life or drops me a note to say how much they enjoyed reading my stories. Of course, good sales numbers and positive reviews are terrific too!
Which chapter was the most difficult to write?
The most difficult chapter in At Heaven’s Edge for me to write was the first. I actually wrote this chapter last. The reason it was the most difficult is because it described my own emergency in which my young son and I survived a life-threatening elevator accident. As I wrote the chapter, I relived the terror and pain. However, I also experienced gratitude that Jesus and our guardian angels saved us.
What would you like your readers to get out of this book?
Some of the stories in At Heaven’s Edge are what I would consider to be miracles, some are sad, but faith-filled, and a few humorous. I hope that people will be inspired or comforted by the stories. Perhaps they will be able to relate them to an experience in their own lives. I also hope that the book inspires people to volunteer in whatever capacity they choose to help their community.
What is your vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is Williamsburg, VA. I went to the College of William and Mary, so I spent four happy years there. I love strolling through Colonial Williamsburg and learning about its history, eating at my favorite restaurants, shopping at the outlets, and visiting the college campus.
Why write nonfiction?
I enjoy writing nonfiction because it allows me to relate my true-life experiences as a volunteer with my local rescue squad. These stories provide readers with concrete examples of how God is at our side during emergencies. With that said, I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed writing two middle grade adventures, Saving the Statue of Liberty and Saving Mount Rushmore.
Thank you Andrea, for your time and letting us get to know you better!
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To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize package of signed copies of At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue and On Heaven’s Doorstep: God’s Help in Times of Crisis-True Stories from a First Responder as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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