#Throwback Thursday: A Shepherd’s Heart: A Devotional by Jim Brissey

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As we reminisce on the over forty years that God has blessed Ambassador International to remain in business, we are highlighting a different #backlistbook each week in a series called #ThrowbackThursday.

A Shepherd’s Heart: A Devotional by Jim Brissey, published by Ambassador International on March 24, 2014,  is a unique collection of inspirational moments experienced over more than thirty years of walking with Jesus.

Jim and Jean Brissey are Senior Pastors of Higher Ground Ministries in DeLand, FL. Jim earned his Bachelor of Biblical Studies through Omega Seminary. They are ordained through Revival Ministries International in Tampa, FL, and they have spearheaded hundreds of outreaches throughout the U.S. and abroad and have witnessed thousands give their heart to Jesus. They have a passion for revival, evangelistic outreach and training outreach ministers.

A Shepherd's Heart by Jim BrisseyIn Jim’s book, A Shepherd’s Heart, you will relive the joy of The Sermon Mount and have your heart touched by a Miracle on Death Row. Be ready to laugh and cry as you share true stories of God’s love and grace from the mission fields to the dinner table. A Shepherd’s Heart will bless you and challenge you to share Christ with others. You will also receive helpful insights and tools how to effectively share your faith and win people to Jesus!

Endorsement:
“These stories inspired, encouraged, challenged, and blessed me . . .” –Gigi Graham

” . . . you just can’t help but sense the heartbeat of the Good Shepherd.” – Bob D’Andrea

” . . . like taking fresh vitamins for the soul.” – Dr. Kevin McNulty

“This wonderful book is filled with exciting testimonies and miracles of God.” – Bill Glass

You can add A Shepherd’s Heart to your Goodreads HERE and you can learn more and find purchase links HERE. This book is available in paperback and ebook!

#Throwback Thursday: Saint Patrick: The Man & His Mission by John Holmes

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As we reminisce on the over forty years that God has blessed Ambassador International to remain in business, we are highlighting a different #backlistbook each week in a series called #ThrowbackThursday.

Saint Patrick: The Man & His Mission by John Holmes was published by Ambassador International in 2013.

 

Saint Patrick: The Man and His Mission by John HolmesSaint Patrick: The Man & His Mission will take you on a journey back to the early part of the 5th century.

Little information exists regarding life and conditions prior to that time in the land named Hibernia—the island lay on the edge of the known world beyond the fringe of the Roman Empire. It took the mission of the man we call Saint Patrick and the discovery of his writings to see the beginning of any real history of Ireland.

More important still is the fact that these writings provide such a vivid picture of Patrick himself that the force of his personality and the fervor of his faith still live today.

Here then is a voice from the distant past! Not a faltering voice or a melancholy voice but a voice full of certainty and hope and joy. The voice of a man in touch with God.

” . . . it is very welcome to have a book which concentrates on Patrick’s own writings and is so free from all the non-historical lore that has become attached to his career.”—Dr. Marie T. Flanagan, The Queen’s University of Belfast

“From the volumes of history John Holmes has brought Patrick to life in a pleasant easy-to-read book which captures Patrick’s heartbeat and shows us the man who braved numerous dangers to bring the gospel to pagan Ireland. Here too, we have Patrick’s own writings, including his ‘Confession.’ It deserves wide circulation.”—Rev. Dr. Colin N. Peckham, Principal of Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh

You can add Saint Patrick: The Man and His Mission to your Goodreads HERE and you can learn more and find purchase links HERE. This book is available in paperback and ebook!

#Throwback Thursday: George Beverly Shea by Paul Davis

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As we reminisce on the over forty years that God has blessed Ambassador International to remain in business, we are highlighting a different #backlistbook each week in a series called #ThrowbackThursday.

George Beverly Shea: Tell Me the Story, An Authorized Biography by Paul Davis was published by Ambassador International in 2009.

Throwback Thursday: George Bevery Shea by Paul DavisGeorge Beverly Shea has witnessed to more than 220 million people, in over 185 countries around the world, making him one of the most well-known gospel singers of all time. His decades-long partnership with Billy Graham took him to stages in every state and on every continent, but that doesn’t mean Bev Shea should be labeled as a performer or an entertainer.

No, he was God’s instrument for bringing the hope of the gospel around the world. This biography is a detailed and fascinating look into the life and music of the man often called “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” an ordinary insurance worker God used to spread the gospel to every continent.

You can add George Beverly Shea to your Goodreads HERE and you can learn more and find purchase links HERE. This book is available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and ebook!

St. Patrick’s Day Ebook Sales and Giveaway!

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It’s the week of St. Paddy’s Day and we’re painting the town green! Our company originated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a community rich with history, culture, and writing. To celebrate, we’re offering all of our Irish titles at huge discounts. And, we have partnered with several of our authors to offer you some delicious Irish goodies as well as signed copies of a few of the books we’ve published through the years.

Each of the books mentioned below will be deeply discounted during the week of Saint Patrick’s Day. {Scroll below for giveaway details!}

 

Want to learn more about St. Patrick himself?

From the volumes of history, John Holmes has brought Patrick to life in the pleasant, easy-to-read Saint Patrick: The Man and His Mission which captures Patrick’s heartbeat and shows us the man who braved numerous dangers to bring the gospel to pagan Ireland. Little information exists regarding life and conditions prior to that time in the land named Hibernia—the island lay on the edge of the known world beyond the fringe of the Roman Empire. It took the mission of the man we call Saint Patrick and the discovery of his writings to see the beginning of any real history of Ireland.

 

Want to read books by or about well-known Irish people? Check out these books:

The Wild-Bird Child: A Life of Amy Carmichael by Derick Bingham. For this biography, Amy Carmichaelthe first by anyone from her home County, Derick Bingham carefully researched Amy Carmichael’s original letters now placed by the Dohnavur Fellowship and Miss Margaret Wilkinson in the Northern Ireland Public Records Office. As Bingham tried to uncover the heart and conscience of this extraordinarily self-effacing legend, he is on record as saying that it proved to be one of the greatest spiritual experiences of his life, and in this biography, readers will find spiritual gold. She was brilliant, personable and passionate, and she is arguably the most gifted of all Irish woman writers of Christian literature.

A Shiver of Wonder: A Life of C.S. Lewis by Derick Bingham. C. S. Lewis, a name synonymous with A Shiver of Wonderlegendary kindness, intellectual rigour, a love of nature and perhaps his greatest creation, Aslan and the land of Narnia. In A Shiver of Wonder, learn how his writings still compel countless readers to shiver with wonder at the great imagination and depth of understanding he possessed. Controversial genius that he was, his life is a beacon for all who struggle with doubt and faith in Christ.

The Titanic’s Last Hero: A Startling True Story That Can Change Your Life Forever by Moody Adams. One hundred years ago, an “unsinkable” luxury liner sank on its maiden voyage. More than 1,500 men, women, and children tragically lost their lives after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. From that dark disaster shines an inspirational love story—the true story of one man’s great love for his Savior and for humankind. This is the story of John Harper, the Titanic’s last hero, who set his only child in a lifeboat before setting his sights on the salvation of the lost souls around him. The Titanic’s Last Hero presents a hero whose courageous story you will never forget.

Warrior PoetsWarrior Poets of the 21st Century by Robin Mark. Warrior Poets of the 21st Century is about worship. It’s about how absolutely important worship is and how, perhaps, it is the highest calling and occupation of the believer. But it’s not about excellence of musicianship in played and sung worship. It’s not about personalities or individuals, or specially gifted folks, or style, or technique. It’s not a ‘how to’ book, or a work book, or a ‘here’s a service schedule that’s bound to work’ type book. It’s about how God calls us all to be His worshippers and how, perhaps, every single one of us can, through a deeper understanding of worship, make an impact and a difference in the society in which we live.
 

Want to read about the United States history intersecting with that of Ireland?

Our Most Priceless Heritage: The Lasting Legacy of the Scots-Irish in America by Billy Kennedy. From their earliest arrival in America 350 years ago the Scots-Irish left a lasting legacy, a heritage that was firmly grounded in freedom and democracy. The pioneering instinct of this proud race from Ulster and Scotland opened up America from the Atlantic coastline to the Pacific shore—“Sea to Shining Sea.” The history of the United States is inter-woven with the outstanding personalities from the Scots-Irish diaspora and the distinctive characteristics of a people who pushed the frontiers to new horizons. The comprehensive study of the Scots-Irish in America in Our Most Priceless Heritage by Northern Ireland author Billy Kennedy has created a much greater awareness of the accomplishments and the durability of the hardy settlers and their families who moved to the ‘New World’ during the 18th century and created a civilization out of a wilderness.

Women of the FrontierWomen of the Frontier by Billy Kennedy. American frontier women of the 18th century were an extraordinary people whose contribution to the creation of the United States is one of the most enduring stories in history. The gallant women of the frontier have never been given the full credit they deserve for settling with their families in an uninhabited wilderness.  Women of the Frontier places on record the notable achievements of these heroines. Northern Ireland author/journalist Billy Kennedy, in the eighth of his Scots-Irish Chronicles, gives recognition to the women whose lot was far from glamorous in the bleak and lonely frontier territories. They faced personal hardships and tragedies in hazardous conditions. While the men toiled arduously from dawn to dusk to lay down a stake in the New World, the women were the cornerstones of the home, the church, and the wider community.

Three Men of Destiny: Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and David Crocket by Billy Kennedy. Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and David Crockett were three men of destiny in 19th century American history who had much in common in family and ancestral ties, in character, mannerisms and political and social outlook as they shaped the fabric of a nation that was to gradually emerge as the greatest, most influential in the world. They were a gallant and fearless trio of men, hewn from the same genealogical and cultural stick that was rooted back across the Atlantic Ocean in lowland Scotland and in north-east Ireland (the province of Ulster) a century and more before they were born as first American citizens in what was then the outer ring of the Western frontier. How truly remarkable it was that from this momentous trail-blazing emigration journey, that within a very short period of time, the Jackson, Houston and Crockett names were being carved with enormous pride across this great expanse of land that stretches from sea to shining sea in the United States of America.

Marcus PaulFrom Ireland to the Wild-West by Marcus Paul. Born in 1846 in Ireland at the start of the “Great Hunger,” James Kinnier Wilson emigrated to Philadelphia to start a new life at seventeen years old. After his life took a dramatic turn, he found himself attending Princeton and then a college in Scotland, where he met Agnes Hately, the talented daughter of a famous figure in the Scottish “Disruption”—the emergence of the Free Church of Scotland. Agnes and James, now newlyweds, crossed the dangerous Atlantic and settled in rural New Jersey. While there, Agnes wrote intimate letters home about her children, the people around her, the church, and the dangers of endemic disease. In Ireland to the Wild West, Marcus Paul uses these letters penned by Agnes to take readers on a journey through Agnes and James’ engagement, marriage, dangerous travels, and their arrival and life in America. Through her letters, a treasure trove for historians, readers will gain a unique insight to that time period and will find an engrossing and inspiring story of romance, faith, tragedy, and hope.

 

Do you enjoy Irish-themed fiction?

The Last Letter by Bethan MarshallThe Last Letter by Bethan Marshall. Niamh is a devout Catholic living with her parents in Ireland in 1908. She has always been obedient to her parents and has never doubted their faith. But when she joins a suffragist movement, Niamh suddenly finds herself being introduced to women from different beliefs who all believe that women deserve to be treated as well as men. As Niamh begins to imagine a world where women and men are equal, she meets Fred, the brother of one of her sister suffragists. Fred is a devout Protestant, the son of a man who has only ever regarded his sons with affection and ignored his daughters. Upset by the unfairness of how his sisters have been treated all their lives, Fred is an adamant supporter of the suffragist meetings that are held at his sister’s home. Although they are from completely different worlds, Fred and Niamh immediately fall in love and ask for permission from their families to be married. But when neither family is willing to support their unity, Fred sets out on an adventure to create a new life for them in America, hoping to save enough money for Niamh to come and join him. As Niamh waits for that day to arrive, she is able to hold on to hope as the lovers write letters to one another and send them through Fred’s sister. But as much as she cherishes the letters from her beloved, Niamh can hardly wait for that last letter that will bid her to come and start her down an unknown path of adventure. Based on a true story, The Last Letter is a tale of overcoming prejudice and finding love against all odds.

A Little Irish Love StoryA Little Irish Love Story by Amy Fleming. Elderly Sarah returns to her hometown of Adare, Ireland, with her daughter-in-law, Anna. The suffering that World War II brought them was unimaginable, but they still have each other. With all their loved ones killed in the war, the two women have nothing but a hope that one distant relative will help them. Will this new beginning bring the healing that both of them have prayed for? With heart-pounding suspense, romance, and mystery tied up in one, A Little Irish Love Story contains unforgettable, human characters that bring humor and sweetness to the sweeping Irish backdrop.

 

If international cuisine is your thing, we’ve got you covered!

Margaret Johnson is author of twelve cookbooks, including Teatime in Ireland; Favorite Flavors of Ireland; Christmas Flavors of Ireland; Flavors of Ireland; and her latest release, Festive Flavors of Ireland. Festive Flavors of Ireland invites readers—cooks and armchair travelers alike—on a holiday visit to one of Europe’s most beloved destinations. From decking the halls to gathering around the family table, you’ll find timeless classics and exciting new recipes in this full color collection of Irish Christmas dishes. With easy-to-follow recipes for tasty nibbles, warming soups, wonderful puddings, and dazzling desserts, Festive Flavors of Ireland will awaken your senses to the festive, delicious Christmas season that runs from Mairgead Mór (Big Fair Day) to Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas). With more than seventy recipes and evocative photos, this colorful collection will become an essential addition to your holiday bookshelf and a gift that family and friends will treasure year after year. Nollaig shona duit . . . Happy Christmas to you!

The Shamrock and Peach: A Culinary Journey from the North of Ireland to the American South by Judith McLoughlin. The Shamrock and Peach is a unique book in many ways. It is a cookbook that explores the best of Ulster-Scots cuisine but is also the tale of an immigrant’s journey, following in the footsteps of those Scots-Irish settlers who forged the trails of Appalachia years ago. It is a story of the many cultural overlaps that exist between the North of Ireland and the Deep South, celebrating those cultural expressions through the language of really good food. The first half of the book is set in the green fields of Ireland from where we cross the ocean to the American South to discover some wonderful food experiences that have their roots in the Emerald Isle. Filled with beautiful photographs of both regions, this cookbook will be a fun and interesting resource to browse through and use in your kitchen for years to come.
 

And if all of these Irish-themed books aren’t enough, don’t forget to jump in on the giveaway for some Irish goodies!

Jesus Was On My Airplane!

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We are delighted to bring back one of our most popular series! 

We’ve put out a call to our incredible authors, asking for written pieces on topics of their choosing.

Rose Spiller, together with Chris Paxson, founded Proverbs 9:10 Ministries and writes books on theology and how to study the Bible!

The Bible Blueprint

No Half-Truths Allowed

The Final Exodus

We are thrilled that Rose contributed her skills and knowledge to our newsletter, and think you will be too!

So without further adieu, here is Rose’s piece, written just for us to share with you!  

 

Jesus Was On My Airplane!

Okay, maybe I took a little artistic license with the title of this post to get your attention since the truth is that Jesus, being Omni-present, is on everybody’s airplane every time!

But sometimes, He decides to make His presence known! On a recent flight, God used the flight attendant to show me that the “emergency talk” you hear on airplanes is not just about how you should respond in an air crisis.

The first things that is always pointed out on the airplane are the emergency exits. One should always note, though, that the best exit may not be the one in front of you. God, too, has given us an emergency exit – it’s called prayer!

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." No matter what situation we find ourselves in, our first response should be to find the emergency exit and go to God in prayer. Once we have handed it over to Him, we can feel safe knowing that He will handle the situation by always doing what it is for our spiritual good and for His glory. We need to remember though, that the best exit from our situation may not be the one that is in front of us; it may be one behind us and that makes it difficult to see with our forward-facing tunnel vision.

Step two, an oxygen mask will drop from above.

We are always cautioned to put our own mask on before assisting someone else with theirs. Friends, this is the Word of God! Only God’s Word has the life-giving, life-transforming, life-saving message we need for our very existence!

And as 2 Timothy 2:15 warns us, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” We need to have our own mask firmly in place (knowing God’s Word) before helping others with theirs!

Step three, your seat cushion is also a life preserver.
Pick it up and hold on tight! Is there any clearer picture of Jesus?! Romans 10:9 tells us, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is not enough pick up the seat cushion (confess that Jesus is Lord), you need to hang onto it tightly (believe in your heart).

Only then will you be saved!

And the last step, should the lights go out in the plane, there are lights along the aisle that will illuminate allowing you to see where you are going. This is the Holy Spirit!

Ezekiel 36: 26 – 27 says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

We are all born dead in our sins and in the darkness of that sin state.

It is only by the illuminating work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit that we are able to see what Jesus has done for us and that our way is made clear. And after He regenerates our hearts, He indwells in us sanctifying us, guiding us so that we are able to find our way. God doesn’t just send us up in the air on our own. He has graciously and mercifully put a complete rescue plan in place for His people so that whatever may
occur while we are flying through life, in Him, we will be equipped to handle it!

You can follow Rose and Chris on their website Proverbs 9:10 Ministries, or on Instagram, or Facebook.

 

 

#Throwback Thursday: Christian Men of Science: Eleven Men Who Changed the World

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As we reminisce on the over forty years that God has blessed Ambassador International to remain in business, we are highlighting a different #backlistbook each week in a series called #ThrowbackThursday.

George Mulfinger started writing Christian Men of Science: Eleven Men Who Changed the World in 1967 and worked on it as time permitted throughout his life, eventually bringing in his daughter, Julia, to write with him. After George died of cancer, Julia picked up the manuscript where he left off, and using his excellent notes and bibliography, and she finished it for him, with Christian Men of Science: Eleven Men Who Changed the World being first released by Ambassador International on November 30, 2001 and republished on April 1, 2004.

Most of us have been led into believing that any scientist worth his salt is an atheist. The truth of the matter is that some of the greatest experimentalists and theoreticians have been Bible-believing Christians. We should study these men—men who have been properly oriented to God’s Word and His creation. They had unusually keen minds to use in carrying out the Lord’s will for their lives, and they could rightly interpret the scientific evidence.

Unfortunately, our knowledge of these men is eroding as libraries gradually discard the older biographies written by Christians. They are being replaced by more up-to-date books, written for the most part by biographers with an antireligious mindset. The newer biographies tend to describe the man’s scientific work adequately, but they fail dismally in communicating the true picture of the man himself and the motivation for his work.

George and Julia asked two questions when determining who to include in the book: (1) Did he profess Christ as his Savior? (2) Did his life manifest the fruit of the Spirit, the good works evidenced by true Christians? It is quite possible that we, as authors and readers, will not agree with each man about every point of Biblical doctrine or that we do not necessarily agree with each man’s denominational affiliations; however, we can appreciate the testimonies of these men while not insisting that they conform to our every standard. Each man in this book showed a genuine love for Christ and was willing to live by His teaching, including: Johannes Kepler, Robert Boyle, David Brewster, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Matthew Fontaine Maury, James Clerk Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, Howard Kelley, Henry Morris, and Walt Brown.

In the short biographies in Christian Men of Science, we are presented with a distilled version of each man’s scientific accomplishments and the evidences of his Christian faith. These testimonies demonstrate that true scientists can be genuine Christians, and that faith in God and the authority of the Bible is not a sign of inferior intellect.

You can add Christian Men of Science to your Goodreads HERE and you can learn more and find purchase links HERE. This book is available in paperback and ebook!

Meet Jennifer Bosma

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “5 Things” series. Jennifer Bosma is the author of the adorable children’s books I Know the Plans and The Baby Garden. Check out Jennifer’s five fast facts below…

 

  1. I applied to be a contestant for the TV show “Survivor.”
  2. I have walked with lions in Zimbabwe at a lion rehabilitation center.
  3. I swam in a shark cage while observing over twenty sharks swimming around the cage.Jennifer Bosma, I Know the Plans
  4. I have appeared in Andy Grammer’s “Honey I’m Good” Music Video.
  5. I have finished 3 marathons.

Jennifer Bosma has an enthusiasm for life, seeking joy in each day. Knowing the importance of spoken Scripture, she loves sharing God’s Word and His promises for abundant life with children and their parents. Jennifer taught elementary school for twenty-three years, touching the hearts of over five hundred students. Her first published children’s book, The Baby Garden, explains God’s plan for every child, planned or unplanned.

When Jennifer’s children were small, early on, she learned the importance of speaking Scripture to them. There were a few Scriptures that she spoke over them every day. Her goal behind I Know the Plans is to incorporate these powerful Scriptures from the point of view of Jesus as promises to each child. The rhyming text captures the attention of children as the Scripture is introduced. Her prayer is that both parents and children will make these Scriptures a part of their everyday lives as biblical promises for them.

I Know the Plans by Jennifer Bosma

I Know the Plans by Jennifer Bosma

Jennifer currently works in a discipleship ministry for ladies facing an unplanned pregnancy and has a very active blog to mentor young women. She and her husband of thirty-three years love spending time with their three grown daughters, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters. They enjoy traveling and being in the great outdoors, marveling at God’s beautiful creation.

You can find Jennifer on her website, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Learn more about Jennifer and her adorable children’s books here!

How Do We Define Love?

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What is Love?

A Letter from the Publisher

Valentines Day. Love.

These two words seem go hand in hand. Every year we take a day to appreciate that special someone in our life by buying flowers, chocolates, jewelry, or a nice, fancy dinner. We take an evening out of our busy schedules to slow down and focus on each other.

But what is love?

Society tells us that love is a feeling. It is how you feel when you think about someone or even look at someone. But in my experience, feelings fade and change with our current emotions. I have seen couples who were so in love end up leaving each other with nothing but hate after years of marriage. So where did the love go?

In order to answer this question, we must look to the creator of love, God, and see what He has to say about it in His Word, and what better chapter to look at than 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 to tell us!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

To me, I do not get the sense that love is a feeling after reading these verses, but instead, it is a choice.

A choice to be patient with your spouse, a choice to be kind, a choice not to be envious or boastful or proud! These are all choices that we have to consciously make, they don’t just magically happen. This is why it is so important for our foundation in any relationship to be built on Christ and His Word. When we do this, we can display many types of love: the love for a spouse, the love for a mother or father, the love for a child, and then there is the greatest love of all, the love of Jesus to us. 

Author Celeste Hawkins in her newest release Always Been Loved: Discovering God’s True Feelings for You, she focuses on the love that Jesus has for us. How do you think God feels about you – right now? Just hold still. As that soul-searching question sinks in, let yourself admit what you really thought the last time you closed your eyes to pray. Maybe you’ve come to believe that God feels angry with you?  Or disappointed. Or, worst of all, completely unconcerned.

And yet the reality we forget—or maybe never even heard during years of church services—awaits discovery, hidden away in some of the unexpected places in our Bibles like treasure buried for too long. Always Been Loved unearths forty specific truths that demonstrate what’s actually in God’s heart for us: genuine, unconditional love. This book captures these acts of love in the form of personal letters, as if God Himself had written them right to you.

God’s ready to show you His true feelings, once and for all, to tell you how much He loves you. You’ve always been loved.

 

Karen Ferguson follows this theme of God’s love for us in her book Guess How Much God Loves You with a similar message but geared toward children. Guess How Much God Loves You is the story of seven-year-old Lucy Lu, a colorful, creatively curious first-grader, who is starting to have serious questions about God.

How old is He? Does He sleep? What does He do all day? And the biggest one of all—does God love me?

After one particularly hard day of being bullied by her classmates at school, Lucy feels like she doesn’t matter. She sits with Papa Joe, who has promised to answer her questions about God, launching them onto a journey to discover God’s never-changing, never-failing, never-ending love.

What follows is a wild adventure through the Bible, where Lucy and her papa find themselves in the middle of each page of the exciting story of God’s love and faithfulness for all people throughout all of history.

I Know the Plans by Jennifer BosmaIn I Know the Plans, author Jennifer Bosma seeks to show God’s love for us through the perfect plan He has for each and every one of us. It is so important for children to have a firm foundation to build upon. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path(Psalm 119:105). This children’s book, with its beautiful illustrations, points children to that plan.

God has a plan for each child before they are even created. But in this noisy world, it’s easy for our children to not hear God’s voice and forget who they were created to be.

I Know the Plans presents God’s promises to young children with a fun, engaging rhyme, planting the seeds of Scripture into their hearts to help them grow in their love for Him. With vivid illustrations accompanying each passage, I Know the Plans captures a little one’s attention from start to finish and should be the first book in every child’s library.

Each of these books examines the happiness that can be found with love, but there can also be sorrow.

Shelly Calcagno explores this love and sorrow in The Longest Goodbye: A Family’s Hope-Filled Journey Through Alzheimer’s. How do you love someone who doesn’t even remember your name? How do you continue to let them know you are there for them when they no longer remember you are their child? How do we say goodbye? And more importantly, are we ever ready to say goodbye?

Shelly tells readers, “I wasn’t prepared for her to go. To have her sit right beside me, yet be so far away. My mother and life-long best friend who doesn’t even remember my name. It’s been the longest goodbye. And I keep asking this question—how do we love through the hardest of days? Through the pain and the loss? Listening to the slow ticking of the clock, as we sit watching everything slip away. Most of the time we don’t have a choice. I didn’t have a choice. So we look for glimmers of hope, reach for deep grace, and collect precious memories into a big pile of legacy love. We treasure each goodbye like it’s the most important moment we’ve ever had. Because it is.” 

Alzheimer’s disease affects almost fifty million people worldwide. It touches people across every walk of life. So, how do millions of people figure out how to love as they let go? The Longest Goodbye is a collection of stories and moments not just about the clinical side of memory loss–but the emotional heart journey. It is a story that shows how joy and grief are often intertwined and wrapped up together in the glorious mess of life.

The Longest Goodbye encourages readers to remember the ones they love while they are still here and to intentionally celebrate and live through the pain and hard days. It’s filled with tears, hope, and bitter-sweet moments all held together by the beautiful love of a mother and daughter holding onto a life filled with memories, while learning to let go and say goodbye.

Caitlin Smith examines how sometimes we have to relearn what love is in her book Love’s Lost Star.

Caitlin follows the stories of the main characters Cece and Jason. Cece Burbin thought she knew what love was—people using you to get what they wanted. Until she met Jason Porter. But on what should have been the happiest day of their lives, Cece wakes up on a riverbank cold, alone, and in pain. After realizing she lost her voice, Cece becomes desperate to find a way to communicate with someone that she needs help. Freeing herself, she sets off in search of the only man she has truly loved. But as she struggles to find her way back home, her past quickly begins to creep back. The gang she thought she had left behind was never that far away, and the crimes she has committed are coming back to haunt her. Can God truly love and forgive her for all she has done?

Jason is just as frantic to find his missing bride. But when he receives a note saying she left him for another man, his world is shattered. How had he missed her change of heart? Jason struggles to trust God in this heartbreak, battling uncertainty about the future he thought he had. But when he meets a strange woman who claims to be a private investigator, he discovers a clue that could change everything. Unaware that time is running out, the abandoned bridegroom sets off in search of love’s lost star.

Something that seems so simple turns out is actually quite complicated. Love.

My prayer this Valentines Day is that we would each understand how to love those in our lives a little better, a little longer, and a little stronger. I pray that we would each experience the life-changing love given to us by our Savior, and show that love to everyone we meet. I pray that we realize what it means to truly love before it is too late. 

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

Colossians 3:14-15

 

#Throwback Thursday: The Wild-Bird Child by Derick Bingham

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As we reminisce on the over forty years that God has blessed Ambassador International to remain in business, we are highlighting a different #backlistbook each week in a series called #ThrowbackThursday.

Today we’re highlighting the book The Wild-Bird Child: A Life of Amy Carmichael by Derick Bingham, first published by Ambassador International in 2004, and re-released with a new cover in 2019.

Amy, a Christian missionary, social reformer and writer of thirty-five books, once described herself as a ‘Wild-bird child and in no wise tame’: her life proved her observation to be hauntingly accurate.Amy Carmichael

For this biography, the first by anyone from her home County, Derick Bingham carefully researched Amy Carmichael’s original letters now placed by the Dohnavur Fellowship and Miss Margaret Wilkinson in the Northern Ireland Public Records Office.

During the time of the Raj in India, Amy Carmichael discovered a custom of the time in which children were ‘married to gods’ and so introduced to a life of prostitution. With a mixture of courage and heartbreak, she began to uncover the facts, sometimes under disguise, for the government. After independence, the Indian government courageously prohibited the practice by law. Against difficult circumstances, Amy and her colleagues provided a safe home for these children against awesomely difficult circumstances at Dohnavur in South India.

Until her death in 1951, she devoted fifty years of her life to rescuing babies and children from dangerous backgrounds in India.

As Bingham tried to uncover the heart and conscience of this extraordinarily self-effacing legend, he is on record as saying that it proved to be one of the greatest spiritual experiences of his life, and in this biography, readers will find spiritual gold. She was brilliant, personable and passionate, and she is arguably the most gifted of all Irish woman writers of Christian literature.

You can add The Wild-Bird Child to your Goodreads HERE and you can learn more and find purchase links HERE. This book is available in paperback, ebook, and audio!