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Top Christian Authors to Watch in 2014

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It’s a new year and 2014 is already proving to be a great one for books! Vyrso.com recently released their list of “Top 15 Authors to Watch in 2014” and Ambassador International is thrilled to report that three of our authors are on the list! Here’s what Vyrso has to say: “Honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about the talent coming out this year. From names you’ve probably never heard before (but will soon), to already-burgeoning stars, this list represents our top 15 picks (in no particular order) of authors to watch in 2014.” To see the full list of 15 authors visit blog.vyrso.com. Here are the three Ambassador authors from the list:

An Infinite Journey5. Dr. Andrew Davis

Although not a household name quite yet, Dr. Davis was recently  given the honor of speaking alongside some big-name Christian authors at the CrossCon conference, including John Piper, David Platt, David Sitton, and others. His first book, An Infinite Journey, has already received a glowing review from D. A. Carson and is expected to receive even more praise once it’s released January 10.

7. David SittonReckless Abandon

After publishing Reckless Abandon and founding ToEveryTribe.com—an organization that sends missionary teams to plant churches across the globe—Sitton has even bigger plans for global outreach in 2014. He has two new books slated to come out this year: a biography on his late mentor, Joe Cannon, a global missionary, followed by Ekballo—a book about being called to missions work and sharing God’s good news with the world.

Love Into Light14. Peter Hubbard

Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church was one of Vyrso’s bestselling books of 2013 and was also just listed in Tim Challies’ Top Books of 2013. Even though this was Hubbard’s first major book release, he wasn’t afraid to tackle one of the church’s most controversial topics—homosexuality— with both passion and care. At the cusp of 2014, this book is still gaining traction and is getting the author fired up for a followup title.

Fiction Friday Sale: Lukewarm $2.99

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LukewarmEvery week you can purchase Ambassador International’s Fiction Friday ebook selection at an incredibly low price on Amazon. This limited time sale will expire on Sunday so act fast! This week’s Fiction Friday selection is Will Mongomery’s novel Lukewarm. The book has 24 five-star reviews on Amazon. Lukewarm is an apprehensive adventure following a Nashville writer’s search for love. Again it’s just $2.99 during our Fiction Friday sale. Come back next week for our next Fiction Friday selection.
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Johanna’s Journey Author Cindy Hamblen in the News

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Johanna's JourneyOur kids are facing big issues daily, Johanna’s Journey weaves current day issues like bullying, prejudice and friendship into the historical backdrop of Bible time Egypt.This past weekend Johanna’s Journey author Cindy Hamblen had the opportunity of promoting her new YA fiction title on NBC WYFF4 — with the Christmas holiday season in full swing Johanna’s Journey would make a great gift for any tween girl that you know.

Watch the interview HERE

 

Meet the author at Greenville Holiday Fair Dec 5-7

 

About the book:
Johanna’s Israelite people are slaves in Egypt. She dreams of two things—freedom from slavery and having a best friend. Her wish for a friend comes in the form of a servant girl, Kenyeh, who lives in the household of an Egyptian nobleman. Their friendship grows over the years as the girls enjoy the ruins of a great house, a secret hideout all their own, the wonders of a great Egyptian estate, and as they deal with bullying, prejudice, and other life trials.
Suddenly, their world is turned upside down when Moses returns to Egypt to lead the Israelites to freedom. Pharaoh’s stubborn refusal to allow this results in many plagues afflicting the Egyptian people. Kenyeh gives colorful reports of what happens at the estate.
Johanna’s people prepare to leave the land and journey into the unknown. With a hasty goodbye, the two friends part with determination to send word to each other. The Israelites set out on a journey of unexpected trials and also magnificent miracles from the LORD. Johanna’s faith in the LORD grows. Readers will never look at the Exodus story quite the same and will be encouraged to trust the LORD as Johanna did.

Five Things About Author Steve Whigham

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Steve WhighamLearn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Author Steve Whigham wrote the recently released book Eclipse of Faith: When Doubt Overwhelms Religious Belief, available now. Here are Steve’s “five things”:

  1. I have spoken on this subject on three continents already. I’m amazed at how many people struggle with doubt. Most do not feel confident enough — or free enough — to discuss their doubt with others. I know how they feel. I went through the same struggle myself, which I wrote about in my book. You just don’t want to vocalize your doubt about faith just in case it may alienate people you are very close to.
  2. I love music. I’ve been playing piano, drums and guitar for many years now. I’ve played in all kinds of bands, even orchestras: classical, opera, jazz, rock, blues, folk, and even a bit of country. Whenever I need to relax and decompress, all it takes is a few minutes behind the keyboard and I’m renewed. There is something special about music. The crazy thing is, I can’t sing on tune. I can play instruments. I just can’t sing.
  3. You just never know who is embroiled in doubt. I met a bright, young Christian leader just a couple weeks ago. He’s struggling with his faith in profound ways. From the outside he looks all put together — a model 20-something actively leading Bible studies, church functions, etc. He just doesn’t know what he truly believes any more. And he was scared to admit it. I got to talk witEclipse of Faithh him for a couple hours over coffee and give him tools to deal with his doubt. When we finished, he looked so relieved. I’m praying for the joy of his faith to return to him soon.
  4. I got to talk to a former Captain of the Soviet Air Force in Odessa, Ukraine a couple years back while there on business. He must have been at least 80 years old. He clapped his boot heels together and saluted me with pride. He spoke no English. I spoke only rudimentary Russian. But we both spoke enough German to have a pleasant conversation. He is a follower of Christ now and attends an active church right in the heart of Odessa. His eyes danced with joy. That day, I got to experience history folding down upon itself and reveal the human stories behind the dry accounts of history. When you get past the stereotypes, how much alike we all are!
  5. I have to admit it, I’m a reading geek. I can’t get enough reading time in. I’ve got so many books I’m currently reading encompassing so many subjects: history, politics, philosophy, arts, science, cooking, fiction, autobiographies, business, theology, technology, and the list goes on. I should be more focused — but maybe not. I’m an eclectic reader and I think it gives me a broader perspective. It sure makes entertaining dinner conversation!

Learn more about Steve and his struggle with doubt in his new book Eclipse of Faith. Thank you Steve for sharing your “five things” with us!

“Each the Same” Honored with 2013 USA Best Book Award

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Each The SameUSABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners andfinalists of THE 2013 USA BEST BOOKS AWARDS on November 14, 2013. Ambassador International is thrilled to announce that Each the Same was honored as a finalist in the Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category. Winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2012 and 2013.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded over 1500 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists. “The 2013 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States,” says Keen. “With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the USA Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

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Ambassador International would like to extend our congratulations to author Michelle Worthington and illustrator Ann-Marie Finn. Each the Same is available in both hardcover and ebook formats.

New Children’s Book Teaches Young Readers the Importance of Making Choices

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Fickle FionaIN HER NEW BOOK, AUTHOR KATE HANSCOM BOTH ENTERTAINS AND EDUCATES

For immediate release: When you’re a kid, sometimes it seems like the world is your oyster. You can chose whatever it is you want to wear, want to go, or want to eat. But sometimes having so many things to choose from can make life pretty hard! In her new book Fickle Fiona (Ambassador International; September 2013; $14.99, hardcover), author Kate Hanscom shows how important it is to be decisive.

This fun story takes readers through a day in the life of Fiona, a little girl who has a hard time making choices—even easy ones! After waking up to go to the park with her brothers, Fiona finds it hard to decide what she should wear. Growing impatient, her brothers decide for her—with unfashionable results! As the day goes on, Fiona finds herself faced with many more choices to be made.

The book also includes a resource page with questions to help children learn about similes. “I really wanted to have a book that can certainly be read as a bedtime story, but can also be used by educators or parents to support teachable elements,” explains Hanscom.

Hanscom is also the author of Literal Lily, which tells the story of a little girl who takes things a bit too factually.  Drawing from her own family members, the characters in both stories come to life to teach kids about the use of language—and to entertain them!

About the Author: Kate Hanscom resides in central Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. With the love and support of her family, Kate decided to fulfill her dream of publishing a children’s book. Self described as loving “bright colors, fancy paper, fresh-smelling candles, writing, music, swimming, making lists, flip-flops, a really good pen, and French vanilla coffee”, Hanscom allows her own personality to shine through in all of the children’s books she has written.

About the Illustrator:  Lynda Hansocm earned a BFA from St. John’s University and an MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. Working as an art teacher for years, Lynda taught young children and teenagers alike how to express themselves through artistic forms. She continues expressing her passion and talent through book illustrations such as Literal Lily and previous book Tough Tommy. She lives in Northern Connecticut with her husband and credits her daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughter as inspiration.

To learn more about the author and her book Fickle Fiona, visit www.katehanscom.com or www.facebook.com/KateHanscomAuthor.  For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at [email protected]

Flash Sale: Two Books, One Common Theme

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The book of Mark tells of a woman who, despite suffering great personal pain and tragedy, never lost her love for Jesus Christ. This story has inspired many struggling with personal suffering, including two great authors from Ambassador International, both of whom wrote books about this biblical story.

Despite drawing from the same source, these two authors definitely didn’t write the same book. Cynthia Goyang wrote Just One Touch, which tells the fictional account of a woman similarly maintaining her love for Jesus through hardship. Elizabeth Johnson, in her book Touching the Hem, tells of her personal struggle with illness, and how she never lost her faith because of it.

All this week (Aug. 1-7), you can pick up both of these books in one of our great deals! Own both books, with shipping included, for just $16.00 in our flash sale. You can also get either Just One Touch or Touching the Hem for the Kindle for just $2.99!

Though one is fiction and the other is nonfiction, there is a common thread running through both: keeping faith in God even when times are hard. These two books will deepen your understanding of biblical suffering and how one woman in the Bible is a great example to Christians.

Ambassador International asked both of these authors a few questions. Here is how they responded:

Touching the HemYour books both focus on the story from Mark 5 about the woman who pushed through the crowd in order to touch Jesus’s garment. How can your books complement each other?

Cynthia: I believe both Just One Touch & Touching The Hem, focus on: 1. What life changing things occur during suffering. 2. How a soul is to act/ react in the midst of suffering. 3. How one grows and grows closer to the Lord while suffering. 4. How a believer is used of God while suffering. 5. How one walks in healing (whatever that may entail).

Elizabeth: I loved reading Cynthia’s story, Just One Touch, and seeing through that story how this woman responded correctly to her suffering. Her focus on Christ as the great Healer, her action based on faith, and her persistence in trying to reach Him despite horrible circumstances — these are all part of a biblical response to physical suffering, which I cover in Touching the Hem. The two books complement each other quite nicely, first by seeing biblical truths regarding our response to suffering, then by seeing a depiction of that response from real life.

 

When did you first discover the story told in Mark 5?

Cynthia: I’ve known the story since childhood Bible Study Classes.

Elizabeth: I’ve known this story as long as I can remember, but a few years ago my pastor started preaching a series from the Gospels about “Personal Encounters with Jesus.” When he started teaching about this woman’s encounter with Christ, it was like I was hearing it afresh. It became the inspiration for my book, and the model for my own response to personal physical affliction.

 

just one touchWhy did you feel such a strong connection with this story?

Cynthia: The Woman with the Issue of Blood has always fascinated me. After studying, I found that a person with such a problem would most likely have been shunned by her family, friends and community. She was certainly a person living in an extreme crisis, but like that saying suggests: “Our extremity is God’s opportunity.” I feel a connection with her simply because like the Woman with the Issue of Blood, we each have “Issues” issues that can only be resolved by reaching out, by pushing through with faith-filled determination to touch Jesus Christ the Lord.

Elizabeth: Mark 5 tells us that this woman had spent all she had in search of a cure, yet was nothing bettered, but instead grew worse. I’ve experienced that same struggle in my own journey with chronic illness. Doubtless, I have not faced the utter social rejection or complete financial loss that this woman faced, but I have had severe physical problems – life threatening ones, even – that doctors could not seem to fix or even determine the root causes. It feels hopeless sometimes, as I imagine this woman felt with her ongoing suffering.

 

EJWhy does it stand out to you over other biblical stories of suffering?

Cynthia: All the stories of suffering are quite dramatic but the story of this woman in the midst of such a dire crisis has been for me one of the greatest examples of a soul’s humiliation, sickness, suffering and a soul’s determination, faith and subsequent healing.

Elizabeth: This woman was a social outcast. She had no money or other resources. Her health was almost non-existent. She literally had nothing, except what was internal – her character, her faith, her persistence. Her story is one of poverty to wealth, not monetarily, but spiritually. She reached out in faith that Christ would heal her, and He turned her life completely around by giving her immediate healing, social recognition, and restoration to usefulness. This story, more than most, displays the contrast between our poverty without Christ and our wholeness with Him.

 

CGWhat struggles has this story helped you through in your own life?

Cynthia: This story has helped me to have faith in Christ no matter how dire the circumstance. It has taught me to be quiet in my spirit, to know that He is God! This story has helped  me to truly know:  that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose. Romans 8:28. The Lord can and does use suffering to bring about His purpose. The Lord has an everlasting love and affection for each of his children and desires to see our ultimate healing.

Elizabeth: The story in Mark 5 nudged me into a deeper study of what Scripture says about physical suffering. It has encouraged me, as I’ve reflected on the fellowship of suffering we share with other believers. It has convicted me, as I’ve come to understand the courage and faith expressed in the woman’s actions. And it has comforted me, to see how willingly and completely Christ healed her – and to know that I will someday experience that full healing for myself, at least in heaven!

Six Christian Authors on Goodreads

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There’s a social network for everything, and for book lovers, the biggest one around today is Goodreads.com. This online community allows readers to make friends, review books, and join groups. Readers also get the chance to connect with some of their favorite authors. Wondering who to follow? Here are six amazing Ambassador International authors  on Goodreads.com:

 

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Art Adkins
Art is the bestselling author of the Slade Lockwood series, which follows the adventures of retired LAPD officer Slade Lockwood. Art lives and works in central Florida, where he works as a Lieutenant on the Gainesville Police Department. Follow Art Adkins on Goodreads.

 

 

DMDM Webb

Hailing from Mississippi, D.M. Webb is the author of Mississippi Nights, which follows the story of two brothers dealing with tragedy. Webb is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She lives in Mississippi with her two sons and a variety of pets. Follow DM Webb on Goodreads.

 

 

EJElizabeth A. Johnson

After being diagnosed with Wegner’s Granulomatosis, a rare disease, in 2007, Elizabeth A. Johnson was given a chance to take advantage of her passion for writing. Her book, Touching the Hem, teaches readers how to deal with suffering and maintain a strong relationship with God. Johnson lives in South Carolina and writes her blog, DogFur and Dandelions. Follow Elizabeth A. Johnson on Goodreads.

 

 

JMJeff Miller

Both a businessman and a writer, Jeff Miller has written The Secret of Nexus, which tells the story of a man struggling to navigate the conflicts that arise within a successful business. In his own life, Miller lives with his wife and children in Indiana and helps lead his family businesses. Follow Jeff Miller on Goodreads.

 

 

JFJennifer Freitag

With inspiration coming from greats like C.S. Lewis and Rosemary Sutcliff, Jennifer Freitag is following in their footsteps. Her first novel, The Shadow Things, is a mix of both fantasy and historical fiction. Freitag lives in South Carolina with her husband and two cats, where she spends much of her time reading and writing. Follow Jennifer Freitag on Goodreads.

 

 

SHSimeon Harrar

Growing up as a missionary, Simeon Harrar is now a full-time seminary student and hopes to work someday as a church planter. His first book, Finding Tom, tells the story of a young man trying to move past the conflict of both his hometown and college life. Harrar lives in Pittsburgh with his wife. Follow Simeon Harrar on Goodreads.

June: Ambassador Authors in the News

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Summer is a great time to relax with a good book and our Ambassador authors have been busy promoting theirs. Here are some of the media outlets featuring our authors during the month of June:

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