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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!

The Race Parallels Christian Faith and Running

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The Race by Sammy Tippit The Race is Written by Sammy Tippit with Foreword by Gov. Mike Huckabee

For immediate release: Sammy Tippit started out his ministry walking across America, handing out Bibles from a wheelbarrow. Forty years later he found himself running his first marathon, collapsing at the finish line. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he learned he was the second man that day to have the same thing happen—only the other man died. “If I had called the shots, I would have said run when I was young and walk when I was old. But God’s ways are not our ways,” says Tippit, a resident of San Antonio.

The 60-something cancer survivor is not your typical runner. Once 60 pounds overweight, Tippit decided to share his story of transformation in a new book along with the stories of Ryan Hall, American record-holder for the half marathon, Charles Austin, the Olympic and American record-holder for the high jump and others. Tippit’s book The Race: Run Like a Champion, chronicles his journey into a healthy lifestyle, using God’s word as his source of inspiration. The Race highlights metaphors and wisdom for athletes from the Bible including:

  • The endurance metaphor isn’t in the Bible to say you need more hardships– it shows us how to live by God’s grace and power in the midst of adversities.
  • When you run according to your gifting, you may encounter problems along the way, but you feel a sense of joy and peace in the midst of the race.
  • A runner doesn’t become a champion overnight, and neither does a Christian become a spiritual giant instantly. We begin weak and grow strong. We start slow and develop speed.
  • Hills display God’s glory at a distance. But for a runner, those same hills produce a need for God.
  • God wants us to finish life’s race as winners, not losers. He longs to award us the crown of victory at the end of our lives.

 

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee wrote the foreword for The Race. As longtime friends, Tippit watched Huckabee lose nearly 100 pounds and was inspired by his commitment to get in shape through running and healthy living. “It showed me the roadmap of how I could do the same thing,” explains Tippit. “So when it came time to write a book I knew there was no one better than Governor Huckabee to write the foreword.”

To learn more about Tippit and The Race, visit HERE.

“Fate of the Watchman” Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway

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Join the scavenger hunt to see the full cover of Chad Pettit’s Fate of the Watchman and also look for clues to win a $10 Barnes and Noble egiftcard and a free digital pre-release ebook of Fate of the Watchman!

Welcome to the Fate of the Watchman Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt! You have arrived at stop #8.

Please take time to carefully read the details below and follow the clues to the next stop.
The hunt began August 30, 2018, at Reading is My Superpower and ends on September 7, 2018, at 11:59pm EST at Chad Pettit’s site where he’ll reveal the full cover for his book! There will be 9 stops on this scavenger hunt, and you will find a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will unscramble and enter the clues into the giveaway entry form.

Chad Pettit

Who is Chad?

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

What is Fate of the Watchman?

Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time. In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

Fate of the Watchman is a novella that releases on October 1, 2018, and will be followed by Chad’s second full-length novel Fate of the Redeemed {release date TBD}.

What’s next?

Below is the cover teaser!

Fate of the Watchman

Follow Chad for more updates on his novels! Details below:
For more information about
Chad Pettit & Fate of the Watchman
please visit:
www.chadpettit.net
@pettit_chad
www.facebook.com/ChadPettit.Writer
Instagram: @chad_pettit_

 

Thanks so much for stopping by our site and participating in the Fate of the Watchman Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway. Before you move on to Stop #9 to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this clue: to

See you at the end and happy hunting!

If you missed the beginning and need to go back, you can find the links below:

Day 1:

Reading is My Superpower

Day 2:

Allen Steadham

Day 3:

Daphne Self

Day 4:

Christian Shelf Esteem

Day 5:

Heather Norman Smith

Day 6:

Allison Wells

Day 7:

Katie Cruice Smith

“Fate of the Watchman” Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal Giveaway

Summer Fiction Blast Ebook Sale!

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Are you looking for some new reading material to take on vacation with you this summer? Why not travel with Ambassador International?!

Listed below are the Christian fiction books that we’re running on sale for the whole month of July for only 99¢ on Amazon!


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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

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In honor of our Northern Irish heritage, we are offering our Irish cooks at amazing prices for both ebooks and print! Don’t miss out! Travel to Ireland without even leaving your kitchen!

Shop our retail store using promo code “IRELAND” for an amazing discount of 40% off the print editions of The Shamrock and Peach: A Culinary Journey from the North of Ireland to the American SouthFlavors of Ireland: Celebrating Grand Places & Glorious FoodFavorite Flavors of Ireland, and Christmas Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating the Festive Season.

 

 

For the ebook editions at an incredibly low price of $2.99 on Amazon, use the following links:

The Shamrock and Peach: A Culinary Journey from the North of Ireland to the American South HERE

Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating Grand Places & Glorious Food HERE

Favorite Flavors of Ireland HERE

Christmas Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating the Festive Season HERE

 

 

 

Loving Grace Cover Reveal

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We are so excited that Melanie, who vlogs over at Christian YA Books and More hosted a cover reveal for our Christian young adult fiction called Loving Grace by debut author, April Smith. In this sweet tale of first love, can a watermelon queen and a watermelon farmer’s son find a way to let go of the past? Either way Beau had best be careful or he might just end up Loving Grace.

Learn more about April Smith and Loving Grace HERE and watch the cover reveal below!

 

Ambassador International’s 2017 12 Books of Christmas List

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Ambassador International’s staff has picked a selection of our new releases and previously published titles  for our 2017 “12 Days of Christmas” list.

Learn more about these books below and take advantage of the coupon code included for our retail store to add these books, or more,  to your library.

 

 

Day 1

All Matty the manger mouse wants to do is snuggle into the warmth of his mother and fall asleep—but the Creator of the world has another plan for him…

What really happened the night Jesus was born?
Matty’s mother tells him he will take part in the most important thing ever to happen in history. Why him, a meek and lowly stable mouse? All Matty the manger mouse wants to do is snuggle into the warmth of his mother and fall asleep but the Creator of the world has another plan for him. Will the little stable mouse surrender to his own needs or bow to the will of the Savior?
Children and adults will be touched by Matty’s brave little heart. As the story of that first Christmas unfolds, come join Matty and all the other stable dwellers portrayed in lush and charming pastel illustrations.

Learn more about Sarah Martin Byrd and The Manger Mouse HERE.

 

Day 2

A delightful retelling of the Christmas Story, told through the eyes of Druplet, a common donkey.

Drupelet, a young donkey named after a juice bump on a raspberry, lived on a raspberry farm and his wish was to one day be as special as the prize horses in a nearby pasture. As Christmas rolled around, Drupelet went on an adventure that saw him standing next to a baby in a manger and a young girl in funny clothes. On returning to the farm Drupelet inquired what this was all about, this is when the wise barn cat shared the story of Christmas. Drupelet now felt special.

Learn more about Donna Thornton and The Christmas Donkey HERE.

 

Day 3

Preparing for the journey to Bethlehem in order to register for the census, Joseph groomed the gentle donkey colt chosen to accompany him and his bride…This is his little tale.

Preparing for the journey to Bethlehem in order to register for the census, Joseph groomed the gentle donkey colt chosen to accompany him and his bride, who was with child. Along the way, the charming little beast of burden committed to memory all he saw and heard along the way in hopes that his intuitive insights and attention to detail would be passed down for generations to come. Little did he realize he would be a witness to the birth of the Christ Child, never dreaming he would be pressed into the service of a King. Thus, the little chronicler fills in many gaps in the love story of Joseph and Mary, and the joyous birth of Jesus. This is his little tale.

Learn more about R. Mitchell Scott and A Donkey’s Little Tale HERE.

 

Day 4

The orange ball of the sun had risen, and two tan boys ran barefoot along the sand. They were born of the same mother, but were as different as the shores of the immense Galilee…

Learn more about Belinda Ford Kramer and Jesus and the Children of Galilee HERE.

 

Day 5

Johanna’s Israelite people are slaves in Egypt. She dreams of two things: freedom from slavery and having a best friend…

Learn more about Cindy Murray Hamblen and the Johanna’s Journey series HERE.

 

Day 6

After befriending the Holy Family, three shepherd boys vow to follow them to Egypt, setting the trio on a high adventure of their own.

Learn more about S.A. Jewell and Visit from a Shepherd Boy HERE.

 

Day 7

Most adoptive and foster children struggle at some point in their life with knowing who they are and where they belong. They want to ask questions, and parents need to be prepared with an answer that helps their child feel loved and secure…

Learn more about Katie Cruice Smith and Why Did You Choose Me?  HERE.

 

Day 8

Firefighters are busy! They have many tasks to do each day including washing, waxing, shining the truck, cleaning the gear, getting rid of the muck…

Learn more about Maria Bostian and Firefighters’ Busy Day HERE.

 

Day 9

Our Daddy is a soldier. We’re getting on a big airplane to go to Thailand. I don’t know if we will like living so far away. After all, where in the world is Thailand?

Learn more about Margaret Davis Ledford and How Far Away is Thailand? HERE.

 

Day 10

Day 10 of our 12 Books of Christmas features a trio of books for young, inquisitive minds from Kate Hanscom!

Learn more about Kate Hanscom and her trio HERE.

 

Day 11

Bella is one pampered kitty! She has a warm bed, tasty food, and owners who love her, but she was not always that way.

Learn more about Ellie Wakeman and Bella Gets Rescued HERE.

 

Day 12

 

Learn more about Angela Scott and The Conversational Bible: The New Testament in Story Form HERE.

 

Want to add these books to your library?

Use code “12BOOKS” to enjoy a holiday discount of $5 off your purchase on our retail store.

Readers’ Favorite 5-star Review of “What Good Is Jesus?” by Marv Nelson

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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers’ Favorite

What Good Is Jesus? is an inspiring and captivating Christian non-fiction book written by Marv Nelson. Nelson writes the book from a fresh new perspective in consideration of today’s culture and ideas. He does not shy away from delving into difficult topics and questions that Christians tend to avoid. Targeted toward millennials, What Good Is Jesus? seeks to answer questions related to the identity and character of Jesus, the interaction between the church and politics, and the appropriate Christian approach to political agendas. He challenges Christians to remember that they are representatives of Christ here on earth and should, therefore, present the right image of Him. Nelson defends his viewpoint with appropriate scriptural backing as he navigates some of the most intricate areas of Christianity that are usually ignored or assumed away, but are equally crucial.

From the point I read the title of the book, I knew this would not be just any another Christian book. As I turned the pages, every chapter challenged me to look at Christianity in a fresh new way and not just what I have adopted through tradition. Marv Nelson wisely tackles difficult questions that are usually on the minds of many millennials. He helped me remember what Christianity is all about as defined by the Bible itself. Further, being a millennial myself, Marv Nelson helped shed light on areas that I find puzzling in the Christian faith. I couldn’t help appreciating his sheer honesty and pluck as I read What Good Is Jesus? Above everything, reading the book reminded me of the foundation values of the Christian faith such as love, compassion, faith, trust and complete surrender.

Learn more about What Good is Jesus? HERE.

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Why Did You Choose Me? Pre-order Perks and giveaway!

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Katie Cruice Smith’s highly anticipated new book Why Did You Choose Me? is now available for pre-order! Katie Cruice Smith, a foster and adoptive mom, strives to answer that question in a way that young children can understand. Drawing from her own experience as an adoptive mom to three children, Katie uses the questions her own children have asked her and her husband in order to draw them to the response that there never really was a choice—she knew right away that they were hers.

Pre-Order Smith’s new book Why Did You Choose Me? and you’ll enjoy some great freebies and offers including:

+ Free download of The Itzels’ There is Hope (Siri’s Song)
+A downloadable adoption print by artist Sarah Strickling Jones
+A chance to win:
  • A copy of Hope CD by the Itzels
  • A LulaRoe $25 credit {provided by an adopting family}
  • A copy of Why Did You Choose Me? {to keep or gift!}

 

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Simply purchase your book from an online retailer and forward your receipt to digital@emeraldhouse.com to receive your free download and be entered in the giveaway!
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Why Did You Choose Me? is available at the following retailers:
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