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Finding Joy in the Midst of Suffering

It’s the story of genuine joy she found in the midst of her cancer journey. Sandra divulged that while her relationship with Christ doesn’t necessarily stave off suffering, her relationship with Him gives joy in the midst of suffering.


True joy empowers us to endure suffering so that we can embrace the joy set before us. However, there are times that we lose hope due to an overwhelming situation, and unfortunately, some of us allow their feelings and emotions to dictate their joy. In her turbulent times, Sandra Jolla predicated her joy upon God’s attributes,  faithfulness, protection, love, and complete healing. Her book “The Joy: In My Journey with Cancer” is a real-life testimony that we can still find joy through Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Jolla’s life journey is an inspiration to look beyond the pain and suffering we’re facing, to fully trust the Lord with our futures and believe that there are plans and purposes for the suffering we’re currently enduring. As a cancer patient with a series of chemotherapies, the author experienced nausea, blackened fingernails, hair loss, dry mouth, shortness of breath, doubts, and anxieties. She knew that her condition would be used to glorify God and bless His people.

The word of the Lord says, “Do not be anxious about anything. But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. This passage exhibits the immense amount of love God has for us and the confidence that we must have in God.

“The Joy: In My Journey with Cancer” is an encouragement for each one, whether a sick individual or facing a tremulous season, to stay strong in the midst of it. Know that suffering doesn’t always exist, and present suffering cannot compare to the glory revealed in us one day. Sandra Jolla’s life story is a testimony that you do not have to face your anguish alone.  The Lord is with you, holding your hand, and at times, carrying you through the pain, you’re facing. This book is a testimony that God delivers and restores.

“The Joy in my Journey with Cancer”
Publisher: Authorhouse
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Print Length: 116 pages
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About the Author

As an inspirational speaker, Sandra Jolla challenges her audience to use God’s Word as the foundational basis for issues that face women.  She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama where at an early age she began her walk-in faith. 

She authored her first solo book, “The Joy in my Journey with Cancer” after her battle with breast cancer in 2016.  Her book is a motivation for anyone dealing with or having to care for someone dealing with Cancer or any of life’s obstacles.   She looks forward to launching her next book “Overcomers” a Bible Study of 7 Victorious Women of the Bible and the obstacles they overcame, fall of 2020.

Professionally, she is a veteran business woman retiring from IBM with over 31 years and Comerica Bank with over 8 years of Sales and Program Leadership experience.   Her accolades and awards include IBM Distinguished Performer,  Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas (MBGCT) “Leadership and Legacy honoree  and ‘Hannah’ awardee; She and her husband   received the “Spiritual Couple’ Award in 2013; Business Professional Woman of the Year- North Dallas Professional Business Women in 2005, and elected as an “Outstanding Woman” in the DFW area by the National Council of Negro Women, Minnie Winslow Page Section, April 2004; She is the 1st Black Woman to receive the ‘Key to the City’ of Greenville, Texas for city wide community and humanitarian involvement. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where she currently serves as President of the San Antonio Ivy Educational Fund, Inc.; the 501C3 arm of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter, San Antonio, Texas. Sandra was awarded the Christian Spiritual Award by Top Ladies of Distinction, San Antonio Chapter, October, 2018. She is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. Sandra has recently been appointed President, Guadalupe District Ministers’ Wives and Widows. She also serves as Vice President of the Board for WINGS (Women Inspired, Nurturing, Giving and Sharing, Inc.) a non-profit which provides insurance for uninsured women with breast cancer.

Married to Rev. Dr. Michael Angelo Jolla, she serves her congregation, the ‘Exciting” West End Baptist Church, San Antonio Texas, as Young Adult Bible Teacher, New Member Orientation curriculum developer, teacher, and Pastor’s wife.  At the State Level she serves as Women Curriculum Developer and Instructor; and Debutante Director, MBGCT, Women & Girls’ Conference.  Through her conviction, testimony and demonstrated ‘walk’ she is an inspiration to women who desire to have the Lord sit on the throne of their lives.

She and Dr. Jolla have two beautiful daughters, Brasha Jibrel and Brianna Michelle.

Her motto is JOY!  Jesus, Others, Yourself!

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