Love Him Anyway Blog Tour Day 1

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As the Chief Operating Office of Ambassador International, I don’t get to decide which books we publish, instead I have the joy of helping our authors and their books as they make their way through the publishing process. One of my favorite parts of my job, though, is the proofreading that I get to do. It helps me keep up with what we’re publishing.

I am honored to be opening the blog tour of Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks and to share with you my heart on this book. Here’s where I have to fully confess first. When I first started the {proof}reading of Love Him Anyway, I found myself thinking, Why are we publishing this book!?!? {Sorry, Abby.} The second thought that trailed not too far behind was, How am I supposed to get people to buy this book?!?! {Again, super sorry about that, Abby}. You should have seen me. Here I was trying to work, and instead I was a sobbing basket case. I couldn’t read through the tears pouring down my face! But as sad as I was, I had been “sucked in” to the story, and I couldn’t stop reading. Abby’s writing was so raw and real, she hooked me in. I am fairly certain I finished this proofreading in record time! And I can honestly tell you, I’m glad I did finish it and it’s a story that I now highly recommend.

I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but as you can find in the book description, Abby’s son, Wyatt, was paralyzed at 7-months old. {I am sure this book was especially hard for me to read because I’m “Mom” to a seven-month old son}. But this story isn’t just about Wyatt—it’s about the entire Banks family, and for me, it was a story about Abby, a fellow mom. As I read Love Him Anyway, I kept picturing the face of my baby and thinking, What if that had been me? What if MY son had become paralyzed? And this point here is what I’d like to focus on. What if it had been my son? Or, what if, instead of watching the livestream of a 5-month-old’s funeral from my living room {like I did yesterday}, I was the mom that had to stand there in the church, brokenhearted at my loss. I’m fortunate to still have my healthy, happy little 7-month old boy with me today, but I’m not guaranteed that, not even for the next five minutes. My boy belongs to Jesus first and foremost, and what Abby taught me through her story is to trust the Lord through the good times and the bad. It’s easy to say this from this side of the mountain, but my prayer is that if I ever face a trial like the Banks family, that I’ll respond as they did and cling to the Lord and “find hope in the hardest places.”

I was moved by Abby’s strength amidst the turmoil, and while she calls Wyatt her hero, I call her mine. She admits that their lives aren’t always easy and that she doesn’t always respond as she should, but that’s just a part of being human, and the overall theme you’ll find in Love Him Anyway is that the Banks family loves and trusts the Lord, despite of and through the trials they face.

You need to know in advance that Love Him Anyway is a hard read, especially if you’re a mom, but it’s such an encouragement and I highly recommend it—not because I’m the Chief Operating Officer of the company that published it—but because I believe you’ll get the same lesson from it that I did: Life may be hard sometimes, but God is good all the time and you can always find hope in those hard places. And sometimes, we need that reminder.

Love Him Anyway releases February 21, 2017 in paperback at all major retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com. You can also purchase Love Him Anyway through Ambassador International’s online store and use the coupon code “LoveHim” for a 10% discount. Lastly, you can enter to win a free signed copy below.

And if you’re local, you can join the Banks family at the Barnes and Noble at The Shops at Greenridge on March 18th from 10am-12pm for a book signing. We’d love to have you there!

Win a signed copy of Love Him Anyway!

 

No matter where you get Love Him Anyway, just make sure you have tissues handy!

 

And stay tuned for Day 2 of the blog tour at rebelbookreviews.blogspot.com.

Bloggers! Join the “The High Calling of Motherhood” Blog Tour!

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For the month of March,  Ambassador International will be hosting a Book Tour for one of our new releases, The High Calling of Motherhood, by Chimene Shipley Dupler. We’re looking for bloggers to join in! Approved bloggers who sign up for a specific day on the tour will also be entered to win two tickets to the Passion4Moms Conference in DC!

So, what is The High Calling of Motherhood? Does motherhood matter?

The High Calling of MotherhoodHave we lost our sense of identity, especially through social media, which can pour both accolades and acid into our hearts and minds? Does our role as a mother have any lasting purpose? What about the hard stuff? Do we self-medicate more than we self-motivate to fight for our families? If we don’t have a sense of purpose, how will our children?

In The High Calling of Motherhood, Chimene will challenge and inspire you. Motherhood can change the trajectory of a generation as we discover the authority that God has given mothers. Chimene desires to see mothers experience the joy that comes in the value and worth that God places on motherhood.

Motherhood is a calling—a high calling from God. Chimene will equip you and give you tools for success. You are a difference maker. You are raising world changers. You are a mom!Passion 4 moms logo

If you are interested, please let us know when you could post your review and we’ll send you an advance digital copy of the book. When you sign up for a specific day on the tour, we’ll also enter you to win two tickets to the Passion4Moms Conference in Washington, DC!

If interested, please send Anna an email at [email protected]

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Members of our Love Him Anyway Blog Tour: Want a little something extra to help this special post pop on your page? We’ve put together some graphics for your use! Feel free to pull from any of the following to enhance your writing and help promote Abby Banks’ incredible story. Don’t forget to link back to Ambassador International, as well! Once your post is live fill out this short form and we’ll help promote: http://ambassador-international.com/submit-book-review/. We’re eagerly anticipating all of your wonderful posts!

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“The High Calling of Motherhood” Blog Tour Graphics

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Members of our The High Calling of Motherhood Blog Tour: Want a little something extra to help this special post pop on your page? We’ve put together some graphics for your use! Feel free to pull from any of the following to enhance your writing and help promote The High Calling of Motherhood. Don’t forget to link back to Ambassador International, as well! Once your post is live fill out this short form and we’ll help promote: http://ambassador-international.com/submit-book-review/. We’re eagerly anticipating all of your wonderful posts!

 

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Kindle Sale! The Divine Deal is just $.99!

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As you prepare to begin your life as an adult you will be faced with many important decisions today that will greatly influence the rest of your life. Are you ready?

Before you begin making these important decisions it is imperative that you know the answers to these questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is most important in life? How do I go about achieving success in every aspect of life?DivineDeal

Your Bible is your instruction manual for life. In it you will discover that God loves you and has a plan for your life. Discover who you are and how to begin your journey to living your best life. God won’t let you down; don’t you dare let Him down.

Available HERE for just $.99!

Five Things About Sherry Matthews Plaster of “The Divine Deal”

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” Series. Author Sherry Matthews Plaster is the author of The Divine Deal, a great salvational resource for young adults. Here are Sherry’s five things:

The Divine DealI was six years old the first time the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. I remember getting out of bed to tell my mother. She tried to dismiss it at first; surely at six I didn’t understand what I was saying. After a few questions, we prayed together and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I was baptized shortly thereafter.

I had absolutely no desire to be a mother. I awoke one morning changed. Just like that. I wanted to be a mother more than I had ever wanted anything in my life. I was 25 years old. Without a husband and no prospects in sight, I began to pray. By 30 I thought that maybe it just wasn’t in God’s plans for my life. More than 10 years later, at 36 years old, my first child was born. My children are my greatest blessings.

I am not a writer; I never aspired to be. This book was solely written for my children. Or so I thought. Before having it bound into a book, a hired an editor to look it over for errors. It was she who told me it should be published. “It would be a shame if your children were the only ones to read this. Put it out there” she said. More than a year later I sought a second opinion and it was in seeking the second opinion that led to being published.20160903_175808

I am an aquaphile. Whether a lake, river, stream or ocean I absolutely adore being there. There was a small running creek behind the house where I grew up and I spent much of my time outdoors there as a child. The ocean is my favorite. The majestic beauty is calming and reminds me of the wonder of our Creator.

I am a night owl. Going to bed at a decent hour has always been a struggle for me. Whether it’s reading, watching television, doing laundry, praying or meditation, I enjoy the peace of night time.

Learn more about Sherry Matthews Plaster and The Divine Deal by visiting www.sherrymatthewsplaster.com.

“Repurposed Faith” available TODAY for $.99!

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“… In her new book, Repurposed Faith, Rosie Williams offers a soul-quenching drink of refreshment for believers who need a reset for their focus and a reminder for their steps.”

—Sara Horn

author of My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

Whatever happened to the days when you couldn’t wait to sit down and read your Bible? When prayer flowed easily and powerfully? When you felt engaged and active in your spiritual life? Now, like so many Christians, your zeal may have faded without explanation, and you’re left watching from the sidelines as others thrive in their personal walk with Christ. What happened?

Life has a way of shaking us up, cluttering our priorities, and shifting our focus. When this occurs, our walk with the Lord is often disrupted. One morning, you wake up and realize there are only embers where once a spiritual fire roared. If you’ve found yourself in this place, don’t be discouraged!

Repurposed Faith - $.99 kindle saleRepurposed Faith is designed to refresh and redirect your priorities back to Christ and His Word. Through intentionally-written daily devotions, you will be prompted to search your heart for the “roadblocks” that have come between you and meaningful time with the Lord. From there, you will be guided back to a place where you connect and glorify God. Why continue in apathy, deprived of the intimacy and boundless joy of reconnecting with God on a daily basis? Take this moment to repurpose yourself and your faith.

Available HERE for $.99!

Five Things About Author Rosie Williams

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Author Rosie Williams wrote the introspective devotional Repurposed Faith. Here are Rosie’s five things:

I once worked at the state fire marshal’s office, overseeing a program aimed at reducing juvenile firesetting. Having three little boys at the time and a husband who is a self-proclaimed fire bug, made doing my job interesting and challenging. You see, one of these three little darlings of mine somehow got ahold of the matches and unbeknownst (is that really a word?) to me, would set little fires in the backyard to entertain his younger brothers. One day, the fire got away from them, and it was only after the fact that I learned how they used their jackets to put out the flames which were inching ever so close to our garage, filled with all kinds of flammable stuff. Needless to say, I didn’t last that long at that job!

 

I love vintage anything…especially if it is red. That is why my husband and I are restoring a 1974 camper that will be painted…you guessed it…red and white, complete with an “I Love Lucy” sign in the window. You see, I am trying to become a “glamper”, which is a combination of glamour and camper. Glampers like to sleep in the comfort of a restored vintage camper that reflects his/her style and taste. For example, instead of stirring up instant coffee, a glamper may come prepared to fix up an expresso. Instead of a sleeping bag, a glamper would want a comfortable mattress with a feather pillow and a pretty quilt. Just think Pinterest. I plan to take my pretty little camper with me when I do book signings. Just as my husband and I like to restore and repurpose things, God likes to restore and repurpose people which goes perfectly with the book I wrote, Repurposed Faith.

Repurposed Faith: Breathing New Life into Your Quiet Time - Rosie Williams

My parents owned the Christian Bookstore in our town. Because of my parents’ business, they had some unique opportunities. One year, back in the 50’s, my parents hosted Roy and Dale Rogers who came to the state fair to promote some of their books. I will never forget the wonder of meeting in person my Saturday morning heroes! Another time, Billy Graham and his team came to town. Mom invited them over to the house for pie and coffee. I always loved going to the Christian Booksellers Convention with my parents. Often, the local Youth for Christ leaders would load all of the teenagers on a bus and off we would go to do some sightseeing or attend a Christian concert. All of these things had a lasting impression on me and contributed to my dream of one day being an author.

 

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My high school debate classes paid off! I was in debate in high school and for a while in college. I guess I like arguing…I mean talking people into stuff, as in motivating them to action. Years ago, when I was working at a job as an eldercare case manager, a bill was introduced to our state legislature regarding a screening that would be required for people going into nursing homes. There were some things written into the bill, highly supported by one of the major universities in our state, that I disagreed with. I decided to lobby for the changes that I wanted to see. Turns out they actually listened to me and wrote my suggestions into the law. Now if I can only get that power of persuasion to work with my family members!

 

I have some family history with the Hallmark movie trilogy, Sarah, Plain and TallSarah, Plain and Tall was filmed in the same rural community outside of Osage City, Kansas that my mom was raised in. The church in the movie was the same one my mom attended growing up. My aunt and uncle lived down the road from the church when the movie was being filmed. They would often invite one of the stars, Glenn Close, and her family to stop by for lunch, coffee and pie. Sadly, a few years ago, the church burned down, but I have a replica of the Hallmark church that I display alongside a family picture of the church back in the 1920’s.

Celebrate 2017 with 17% off some of our favorite titles!

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To celebrate the beginning of 2017, we’re offering 17% off some of our best press titles! This offer will be good for one week, but don’t wait! Use Promo Code 17OF17 on our Square store: https://squareup.com/store/ambassador-international.