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Our Top Picks for a Chilling Read!

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Do you enjoy books that bring chills to your spine and keep you from falling asleep at night? Look no further, Ambassador International’s staff picked our top three titles to do just that for you!

Staff Pick

1. Clear Confusion by Kathy Howard

What am I going to do, God? Who am I?

Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father’s death. He had been her only family, and she wasn’t handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.

And they saw her.

Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can’t seem to shake.

When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she’s experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?

Who are they really . . . and who is she?

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2. Fate of the Redeemed by Chad Pettit

An angel with amnesia. A demon with a vendetta. The man caught in their crossfire.

Lester Sharp has been given a second chance to live a life of compassion, but his decision to follow God will be tested when his estranged father calls to tell him his brother has been killed in combat. A demon unleashes a series of attacks on him, and someone he thought was lost to his past emerges.

Lester is guarded by the angel, Draven, but when Morane catches the watcher off his guard, Draven loses his memory and finds himself being held prisoner in a remote Somali village. His only ally is Ibrahim, a man who finds out his son has been murdered by extremists when his granddaughter appears out of nowhere and somehow possesses supernatural powers.

As Morane’s fury is unleashed, time is running out for Lester, and Draven’s fate is in the hands of a man whose faith is being pushed to the limit.

While Lester fights for his life—and for his soul—will he make the right choices, or will he decide—once and for all—that he doesn’t need God? And why is one man so important in the midst of spiritual warfare?

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3. Hope by Josephine Walker

After two and a half years of deep depression, anger at God, and guilt over the death of her husband and twin girls, all bestselling romance writer Jessica Lynn Morgan wants is to buy a house, get back to writing, and live out her life alone in peace. And the little town of Hope, Wyoming, seems to offer the peace she needs. Or does it?

Unfortunately, her dream house is rumored to be haunted. Not one to believe in ghosts, she fights for any logical explanation for the things happening that seem to warn her off.

Once she moves in, the threat against her life becomes real. Clearly, someone or something wants her out. Now. And her stubbornness could cost Jessica her life.

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Have a chilling read!

Best News Ever: Letter from the Publisher

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This month, as we observe the Easter season, let us remember our Lord and Saviour and the true reason for celebration: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without the sacrifice Jesus made by dying on the cross, we would have no reason to celebrate. Through His resurrected life, we have new life.

Every spring, we see the evidence of different plants coming up, sprouting, and blossoming all around us creating something that wasn’t there before. The regeneration and awakening of nature after a long winter reminds us of the sin we left behind and the new life we have been given with Christ through His victory over sin, death, and the grave.

It is for this reason that I have chosen an excerpt from Jacob Taggart’s book, Theology from the Spring. Jacob amplifies, through his expertise and analysis, the best news ever: that of Jesus Christ through his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

“The work of Jesus is very simply His life and death – as prophesied by prophets of old that the vicarious death of the Savior would bear the wrath of God against the sins of His people. And that is just what Jesus did. Jesus lived the perfect life we could not live, satisfied God’s perfect Law we could not satisfy, and yet suffered the sacrificial death that we should have received. In what I call ‘the Divine exchange,’ Jesus stood in our place, gorily crucified on a cross, where God the Father placed our sin and punishment upon Him, in order to transfer His perfect righteousness to us (2 Cor. 5:21). Only by this righteousness imputed, not infused, to the account of our souls, are we able to stand before God without fear of our just condemnation. Rather, we can now stand before God with the righteousness of Jesus. The genius of the atonement’s redemptive plan speaks to its Divine origin, as it provides something no other world religion can: a solution for our guilt and need for righteousness.

Fortunately, the work of Jesus did not end with His sacrificial death on a cross. Death could not defeat Him, so, as the Bible tells us, ‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’ (1 Cor. 15:3b-4). After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven, seated next to the Father’s right hand, ruling and making intercession for His people. Therefore, Jesus did for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves. Such is the beauty of the Gospel. When humanity’s most natural inclination is to say, ‘Give me the rules, so I can follow them; I can work to be good enough to save myself,’ the Gospel says, ‘No, you can’t . . . but God, rich in mercy, has done it for you.’ When the world says, ‘Peace and contentment can be found if you will just validate yourself to all,’ the Gospel says, ‘Everlasting joy and comfort is yours because you no longer have to validate yourself to God, other people, or your pride.’ The Gospel is the ultimate metanarrative of humanity, bookended with contrasts: by one man, universal sin and universal guilt entered the world. But by another came infinite righteousness, so that sin may reign no more . . . ”

“This is the Gospel, the Good News that God saves sinners, doing for us what we could never do for ourselves, in spite of ourselves. It is a Gospel of contrasts – where simple meets profound, where good news meets bad news, where wrath meets love, where grace meets justice, where self-sufficiency meets self-surrender, where death meets life, and where God meets us – yet without compromising His holy character. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the best news you could ever hear. This is the Gospel with a Foundation you can stand on.”

May we all seek to remember the Foundation Jesus laid through His sacrifice and resurrection this Easter season.

Shop for Greenville Presented by The Junior League of Greenville

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Junior League of Greenville

Ambassador International is pleased to participate in Shop for Greenville presented by the Junior League of Greenville. Proceeds from the 2019 Shop for Greenville discount shopping card benefit the community projects, programs and grants of the Junior League of Greenville.

Shop for Greenville discount cards and guide books can be purchased at the Junior League’s Nearly New Shop as well as several other participating businesses. A full listing of locations and more information can be found at www.shopforGreenville.org. The cut-off to buy the shopping discount books to be mailed is Monday, March 11 s0 don’t wait!

The Shop For Greenville Shopping Card will be honored from 3/15/19 – 3/24/19 and does not apply to any purchases made prior to the event dates.

Learn more at www.JLGreenville.org/Join or email Join@JLGreenville.org.

 

For card holders, to shop Ambassador’s catalogue, visit our online store HERE.

 

Happy New Year and Our Special Gift to You

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With some personnel changes, new exciting industry partnerships, and updated in-house production systems, 2018 has been a super exciting year for Ambassador, and we thank you for being a part of this incredible year.

We wouldn’t be where we are without your support. In gratitude, please enjoy a $5 discount on our retail store using code 2018ROCKED.

Shop now – code expires on January 10th!

See you in 2019!
The Team at Ambassador

Ambassador welcomes new Publicity Director

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Ambassador International is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Burgdorf as our new publicity director.

Liz graduated in 2005 from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelors in broadcast journalism. Liz enjoys photography and reading in her spare time. She became a foster parent two years ago and has been married to her husband Eric for 13 years. They currently reside in Greer, South Carolina, with their two boys, a dog, and a cat.

Liz can be reached at media@emeraldhouse.com.

New Binge-Worthy Series for Middle Graders Available Just in Time for Christmas!

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Recognizing a lack of available Christian middle grade fiction, Bertha Schwartz endeavored to fill that void with her new series, available on December 1, 2018. In The Searchers series (Daisy’s Search for Freedom, Kelly’s Search for Family, Sarah’s Search for Treasure) Schwartz has written three historical adventure novels that follow the lives of three different girls as they seek freedom, family, and treasure, and discover the voice of God directing their paths.

The Searchers

In Daisy’s Search for Freedom, Schwartz carefully spins the tale of a slave girl who is searching for the Underground Railroad with nothing but her faith in God to lead her. Author Katie Cruice Smith says, “The first book in The Searchers series does an excellent job of making history come alive through the eyes of someone my own child’s age. Schwartz does not shy away from uncomfortable topics but does an excellent job at depicting history in a way that is age-appropriate and faith-based. This series is a great way to ignite a love for history in our children while showing them how God has always been and will always be at work in our lives.”

Kelly’s Search for Family follows the life of Kelly as her papa goes missing and she is left to tend to the lighthouse—her papa’s job. This second book of the series will keep young readers turning pages to find out what happens next to Kelly in the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery.

Sarah’s Search for Treasure is a heartwarming and adventurous tale following spunky Sarah as her father goes in search of gold in the Californian gold rush. Young readers will be entertained by the resilience of Sarah and her whole family as they learn to fend for themselves in a new and changing world.

Each book in The Searchers series is a standalone and contains thought-provoking discussion questions to spark conversations with young readers and their peers, teachers, parents, guardians, etc.

The Searchers series is available December 1 where books are sold.

New Book Magazine Launching: Ambassador Sponsoring 1-Year Subscription

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Hope by the Book is a new magazine for readers by readers.

The Hope by the Book mission statement is:

We love books. We live books.
In fact, to us, books and lifestyle are interchangeable.

Books inspire us to change our lives, to refine our souls, to stretch our imaginations, and to deepen our faith.

We are avid readers and book ambassadors, and we invite you to join us as we find Hope by the book.

Hope by the Book magazine

 

You can learn more about Hope by the Book HERE.

 

Ambassador International is so excited about this new magazine launching in November…because we love books, too!! And to celebrate, we want to award one lucky winner with a one-year subscription! Entry details below. If you don’t win and want to subscribe, use the code “BOOKISH” for a discount off your subscription!

Win 1-Year Subscription to “Hope by the Book”!

Terms and Conditions:
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

The winner will receive one-year only subscription to “Hope by the Book” magazine. The winner will be announced on Ambassador International’s Facebook page on November 1, 2018, between 12:01am and 11:59 pm, and will have 24 hours to claim, or they forfeit the prize. No purchase required.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

Exciting Summer Reads!

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Looking for some exciting summer reads? Look no further! These following titles will be releasing this summer with Ambassador International.

 

July 1, 2018

Dusters and Dreams, historical fiction

Dusters and Dreams

One small village, three intertwined lives . . .
Rebecca has recently married vicar Jack Hayworth, but she must prove herself a capable wife to the village matriarchs. With her duties, events, and responsibilities, Rebecca is happy enough, but she secretly longs for a family. Must she stoically hide her heartbreak? Is it wrong for a Christian woman to struggle so much with unanswered prayers?
Edward owns a country estate, has a beautiful wife, and a profitable farm, yet he still feels dissatisfied. The world is changing outside of Biggenden Manor’s walls, and monotonous, high society life now leaves him empty. Can Edward find what he’s searching for in a differing world?
Violet is an outspoken, vivacious housemaid with a knack for getting into trouble with handsome men. She finds small village life oppressive and longs to spread her wings. Will Violet find the adventure and romance her heart craves?
Set in Victorian England, Dusters and Dreams is the sequel to Rebecca Stubbs: The Vicar’s Daughter.

 

 

 

Final Grains of Sand, general Christian fictionFinal Grains of Sand

When James Kreider receives the devastating news his life is shortened from cancer, he is immediately filled with shock and disbelief. At 60 years, Jim is too young to die and believes he has a whole life ahead of him. When the reality of his impending demise sinks in, Jim methodically prepares for his final days, including trying to heal old wounds. With a dash of life’s regrets and unfinished business, Jim’s hours are spent pondering the legacy he will leave for his friends and children.
In preparing for the end, Jim selects five individuals to represent his life at the funeral service. This group includes Jim’s boss, his personal physician, a neighbor, the pastor of his church, and a woman whom Jim was involved with in a long-term affair. None of the individuals know each other or why they were chosen. Summoned to the office of Jim’s attorney, the representatives disclose emotions and information few individuals wish to hear. Reluctantly, they agree to share every facet of their friend.

Jim’s story not only transforms the five representatives but alters the lives of the funeral guests. They realize the value of one’s life is less about the length of time, but rather how we touched other people through our actions and words.

 

An Unpresentable Glory, adult contemporary romance

An Unpresentable Glory

“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”
Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. It is not so joyful finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.
Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.

 

 

 

Should Any Calamity Befall, young adult historical fictionShould Any Calamity Befall

“When my ship leaves for the Mediterranean next week, you shall be on it. Perhaps there you will learn some discipline.”

Ever since his arrival in Boston, Ezra has striven to do an honorable job, but trouble seems to follow him and his fellow apprentice, George. Even tying a cravat is fraught with peril. Now they are being sent to sea. But the sea has its own perils for American sailors in 1804. Besides the ever present dangers of shipwreck, scurvy, and storm, foreign adversaries are afloat. Even should one slip by the quarreling English and French, the Mediterranean is home to the Barbary corsairs.

George, aware of the dangers, persuades Ezra to enter into a vow with him to come to each other’s aid should any calamity befall. And so Ezra boards the Opulence, a promise on his tongue and a determination in his heart to look to God through it all.

July 20, 2018

Body by Blood, science fiction/thriller

Body by Blood

Dr. Raymond Verity came back to life today. Awakening from an optical-cerebral transplant into a clone body, Ray is amazed at how society changed in the 27 years he was cryo-preserved. Having pioneered cloning technology based on fetal tissue experiments, he has no qualms destroying imperfect samples. Until he meets his only granddaughter and falls in love with her despite her Down Syndrome. When he discovers that Mary Nell is scheduled to be “replaced” by her genetically-perfect duplicate, Dr. Verity embarks on a desperate mission to atone for his past sins. Can he save both Mary Nell and her clone? Body by Blood is a futuristic thriller which takes you on a heart-pounding journey that will call into question your core beliefs about life.