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New Book Aims to End “Civil War” Among Christians

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Pastor Urges Christian Unity Among Believers

 

For immediate release: Nearly 4 in 10 non-churchgoing Americans state the reason they do not attend church is due to negative past experiences with churches or church people. According to The Barna Group, the estimate of un-churched people in America is 100,000,000 which means 37,000,000 people claim to have been hurt by professing Christians. In a number that rivals the casualties of World War II, author Jim Turner is offering insight on how Christians can repair the fractured state of the church in his new book So Called Christian: Healing the Spiritual Wounds Left By the Church (Ambassador International; May 2014; $11.99, paperback). 

So-Called ChristianTurner, a former youth director and pastor with more than 25 years of experience, believes that the civil war among Christians has diminished God’s glory. He established Churchone, a non-profit aimed at spreading the word about God’s heart for Christian unity. “We see this as a command of God – not a pretty notion the Apostle Paul thought he’d entertain in a first century world,” explains Turner. “It’s a cry the Church has long lacked the ears to hear.”

So-Called Christian was written for those who have found themselves on either side of the problem: those who have felt judged, belittled or hurt by a fellow believer or those whose good motives and sincere convictions turned ugly. Digging deep into his own personal experiences of dysfunction within church settings, Turner issues a plan for resolution. Turner uses Biblical lessons to explain the best practices for dealing with differences within the Body. He also gives readers practical insight for maintaining personal peace and conviction when confronted with differing opinions and doctrinal disputes. “My ultimate goal is to help create a community of believers that strive to love one another,” says Turner, “regardless of our differing opinions.”

About the Author: Jim Turner is a husband and father of four. Mr. Turner has been in youth or pastoral ministry for over 25 years and has personally experienced the hurt and frustration that disagreement can cause. He has also counseled and mediated on numerous occasions where disagreement threatened to split churches and undo relationships that were years in the building. His experience includes churches from 10 to 1,000 members.

To connect with the author or to request a review copy of So-Called Christian please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

 

99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering one of our hot non-fiction titles for just 99¢! Pick up Lindon and Sherry Gareis’ book Declutter Now: Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. If you need motivation to rid your life of harmful clutter- this is it!

Declutter NowSynopsis: We all have too much STUFF!  Not just tangible things, but also the harmful clutter we allow to take up residence in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. Every area of your life must be decluttered for you to live with the joy and freedom God desires!

  • We’ll clean out closets, relationships, and finances.
  • We’ll share ideas on decluttering your children’s lives from the get-go, and how to instill tools they’ll need to keep them that way.
  • We’ll navigate through challenges at work and critical career decisions.
  • Are you burdened by emotional ties that bind or physical problems which keep you in bondage?
  • We’ll tackle those too! Does your spiritual life feel empty or stalled?

We desire to help! Declutter what you don’t need to make room for what really matters. Less can truly be more!

  • Do you long for more peace and harmony in your life?
  • Do you desire more quality time with family?
  • Are you seeking relief from financial burdens?
  • Are you ready to release the grip of guilt and obligation?
  • Do you yearn for an increased ability to serve God?

Need more help decluttering your life? Check out the Gareis’ brand new companion study guide!

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Accountant-Turned-Adventurer Finds Faith and Love in South Africa

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Hot Chocolate in June is a true story of how God mends wounds and writes adventures in the life of a Nebraska native

For immediate release: Under-qualified and overly-ambitious, Holly left her family and friends behind in Nebraska to search for that radical life, that all-for-Jesus-or-nothing-at-all life. In Hot Chocolate in June (Ambassador International; May 2014; $14.99, paperback) Holly Mthethwa explains how her desire to escape depression after the untimely death of her father took her to remote mountain villages and chaotic city streets in India and South Africa.

Hot Chocolate in JuneUsing humor and honesty, Holly recounts adventure after adventure including the thrill of falling in love. During an extended stay at a Johannesburg orphanage, Holly met Oscar, a handsome South African rugby player that seemed to have everything she was looking for in a husband– except that he didn’t look like anyone she’d ever dated before. This small town, Midwestern girl wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a black man.

Despite the pair’s instant connection, Holly returned to normal life in America. “I wanted to board a plane and head back to South Africa to hold abandoned babies, to hold the hand of my precious man,” writes Holly. “Instead, I boarded into my black suit, held my computer bag in one hand, clenched my coffee mug in the other, and headed down the career path of an audit associate.” Thankfully Holly’s story doesn’t end there. Hot Chocolate in June is the true story of God’s undeniable ability to mend emotional wounds, overcome racial and culture differences, and write amazing adventures.

About the Author: Holly Mthethwa relocated from Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington DV, where she lives with her husband, Oscar. She writes regularly at ruggedandredeemed.com about the moments that hooked her heart– experiences living in a developing country and most importantly, Christ.

To receive a review copy of Hot Chocolate in June or to connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm by email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

 

Former PBS Exec Shares Inspirational Stories in New Devotional

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Author leaves corporate comforts to serve homeless and prisoners

For immediate release: Jim Brissey spent 16 years rubbing elbows with Mister Rogers, Captain Kangaroo and Cookie Monster during his time at PBS. But one day while sitting at a traffic light God instructed him to leave his cushy lifestyle and six-figure income to work full-time in ministry. “I resigned from my job the next morning,” recalls Brissey. “It was the best decision of my life.” After nearly two decades in ministry Brissey created a collection of meditations, poems and stories in the new devotional A Shepherd’s Heart (Ambassador International; March 2014; $11.99, paperback).

A Shepherd's HeartAs the Senior Pastor of Higher Ground Ministries Brissey serves in many areas of the community, including prison ministry. Brissey and his team have held hundreds of meetings in 12 different prisons in the US and two in Honduras. One of the book’s powerful passages tells the story of Manny Valle, a man convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop more than 30 years ago. After meeting with Valle regularly  Brissey led him to Christ and prayed with Valle’s family during his 2011 execution. “Just a few days before he was executed I spent a few hours with Manny,” says Brissey. “He was clothed in the peace that passes all human understanding.”

A Shepherd’s Heart received many endorsements from recognizable names including Bob D’Andrea, Founder of the Christian Television Network; Bill Glass, College Football Hall of Famer and Champions for Life Founder; and Murf the Surf, the world’s most famous reformed jewel thief and Christian speaker. Gigi Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter said of The Shepherd’s Heart, “These stories inspired, encouraged, challenged and blessed me.”

About the Author: Jim Brissey and his wife Jean are Senior Pastors of Higher Ground Ministries in DeLand, Fl. Jim earned his Bachelor of Biblical Studies through Omega Seminary. Jean is a graduate of Spirit Life School of Theology. The couple has been married for 37 years. Jim and Jean have spearheaded hundreds of outreaches throughout the U.S. and abroad and have witnessed thousands giving their hearts to Jesus.

For more information about the author visit SteveWhigham.com. To connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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99¢ Fiction Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering one of our new fiction releases for just 99¢! Pick up Bridget ni Brian’s new fantasy novel Azure Lights for less than a buck for the Kindle and iOS devices during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. If you need a great novel to read, check this one out!

Azure LightsSynopsis: What happens when the safest place for you is in the center of the storm? Azure, Eliam and Mitch arrive at the island where Hiram’s parents live, but Azure learns that not everything is as it appears. While Mano Leo-mana seems distant, his presence and power is felt everywhere. Despite the fears and dangers, hope arrives at the island in the form of Azure’s brothers, Yo’ash and Brun. Together, the youngest three members of the Deep Waters’ priesthood learn about the history of the island and its connection to Deep Waters. With the help of her friends and family, Azure discovers why Mano Leo-mana pursues her as well as how she can dissuade him. Struggles arise, though, as Azure realizes that the path laid out before her seems counterintuitive to what the Lord would desire to her to do. Who are these shamans that control the villages on the island? Will her presence bring more troubles to the villagers who follow the Most High? The path is now clear, but the darkness settles around Azure Maris. When the Lord’s path leads into darkness – do you follow?

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99¢ Fiction Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering one of our new fiction releases for just 99¢! Pick up David Fergusson’s new novelSunrise in Another Land for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. If you need a great novel to read, check this one out!

Sunrise in Another LandSynopsis: Neville – hit man – deadly – until that one night when a witness saw him. With nothing to lose he hunts her down, through the alleys of London – only to find someone unexpected . . .

William Hunt – young – reckless . . . and in love – but with the governor’s daughter. There can only be one option . . .

Hannah – protected, but with a past that needs answers – a shadow – always there protecting her – but for how long will she be safe . . .

From the solitude of the Scottish lochs to the savagery of the African bush – all will be hunted as they pursue the truth. None of them are safe as the darkness closes in. Yet , with the rising of a terrorist group scouring the African bush, and a mob syndicate searching the streets of London , one man’s dream  for the treasure of a lifetime will cause all their lives to collide resulting in a choice . . . of life . . . or death.

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99¢ Fiction Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’ll be offering one of our new fiction releases for just 99¢! Pick up Debbie Gilliland’s new novel To Comfort a King for less than a buck for the Kindle or iOS devices during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. If you need a great novel to read, check this one out! The book already has several 5-star reviews on Amazon including this one:

To Comfort a King“I had never paid any attention to the mention of the young Shunamite girl in I Kings 1:3-4. The story comes alive with great character development in a biblical setting. Enjoyable read that ended too soon!”

Synopsis: When Abishag leaves her home to fulfill the commission to comfort King David during his final months of life, she leaves behind a deaf sister, a small brother, and a father who is still grieving the death of his wife. Also left behind is Abishag’s betrothed, Joseph, who has already waited many months to claim his bride. Now, he must wait until Israel’s king no longer needs her. Torn from the comfort of her small village, Abishag is thrust into a world of unfamiliar customs, royal expectations, and palace intrigue. She is greeted suspiciously by the king’s concubines, warmly by Queen Bathsheba, and reluctantly by King David himself. Adonijah, the king’s son, is bitter over his father’s choice of Solomon as Israel’s next king. He determines to ruin Abishag to prevent her from being given as a prize to Solomon at their father’s death. Suffering personal losses, as well as scorn from much of the royal court, Abishag begins to question God’s goodness in placing her in the king’s service. Can she find someone there who understands that one who comforts the king is in great need of comfort herself? Will Abishag’s time with the king end in despair or joy?

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Pastor Issues Bible Memorization Challenge

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Dr. Andrew Davis reveals techniques in new resource

For immediate release: Many Christians have at least a few Bible verses committed to memory, but Dr. Andrew Davis, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, is encouraging Christians to ramp up Scripture memorization. In his new book An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture, (Ambassador International; April 2014; $.99, eBook) Dr. Davis provides daily procedures for memorizing entire chapters and books of the Bible at one time. Davis has used these techniques to commit 35 books of the Bible to memory over the course of his ministry. He calls the practice of extended Scripture memorization “one of the most searching and rewarding exercises of spiritual and mental labor anyone could ever attempt.”

AnApproachtoExtendedMemorizationWell-known pastor Dr. John Piper used Dr. Davis’ techniques personally to commit Romans 1-8. Davis says there are many benefits to memorizing Scripture including:

  • Transforming our worldview from secular to heavenly.
  • Causing us to hate sin and fight it vigorously.
  • Helping us to withstand temptation.
  • Blessing lost people with a vivid presentation of the Gospel.
  • Gaining power and wisdom for counseling.

Earlier this year Ambassador International released Dr. Davis’ book An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness which provides a road map how we are to mature as Christians.

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture is available as an eBook for just $.99. The goal is to make this resource readily available to help Christians enjoy the benefits of extended Scripture memorization. Readers can find additional resources including free printable Scripture memorization cards at Ambassador-International.com/memorization. “When Judgment Day comes, we will regret the waste of a single moment not used for the glory of Christ,” writes Davis. “We will, however, not regret one moment we spent diligently studying God’s Word and hiding it in our heart. We will only wish we’d spent more time doing this.”

About the Author: Dr. Andrew Davis has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC), Durham, NC, since 1998. He came to faith in Christ his junior year in college. In 1984, he graduated with a BSME from MIT, and worked for ten years as a mechanical engineer. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990 and his PhD in Church History from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998. Davis’s book An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness was published in 2014.

To connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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99¢ Fiction Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’ll be offering one of our new fiction releases for just 99¢! Pick up Joanie Bruce’s new novel A Memory Worth Dying For for less than a buck for the Kindle or iOS devices during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. If you love Christian suspense or just need a great novel to read, check this one out!

A Memory Worth Dying ForSynopsis: “Do Not Return To Texas!” Marti Rushing gets the message, loud and clear. If she returns to Texas, her life is in danger. If she stays in Tennessee, she’s safe. But when she receives a letter telling her that Daniel, her ex-husband and the love of her life, is dying, she knows she has to defy the stalker and return to Texas to see him. Is he the one stalking her, or is it someone with a deadly, sinister motive? Ignoring the deadly warnings, she leaves for Texas, but on the way there, the attempts on her life begin. Will she be able to evade her pursuer’s attacks? Or will Daniel’s face be the last one she sees?

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