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Child with One Leg Beats the Odds and Kicks Cancer, Too

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Miracle Daughter Challenges Parents’ Faith in New Book

For immediate release: After years of trying to get pregnant, Wendy and Scott Duke were finally going to have their first child. But when a dangerous pre-natal diagnosis followed by an even more lethal disease after their daughter’s birth threatened to immediately take their newborn away, the Dukes turned to their only hope: God. In Grace in the Middle (Ambassador International; July 2015; $13.99, paperback) Duke encourages readers through the amazing story of her young daughter’s victory over some of life’s most perilous afflictions.

Grace in the MiddleWendy and Scott Duke were your typical young married couple who had met in Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in college. But when it came time to grow their family, things became anything but typical. After three miscarriages, the Dukes were hesitant when Wendy conceived a third time. Just when they thought God had given them the green light at an early doctor’s appointment, their excitement was shattered by a simple sentence: “Baby only has one leg.”

Anxious, frustrated, and scared, Wendy and Scott braced themselves for the unknown. In Grace in the Middle, Wendy recounts how her faith was rattled throughout the pregnancy. “I had never had to flesh out this flimsy faith I’d claimed,” Duke writes. “It had no meat, no muscles, no substance. I just kept asking, ‘What kind of God would let this happen?’” Her book reveals exactly what kind of God He is. When little Savannah was born, the Dukes breathed a sigh of relief; they believed the worst had passed. But another battle was rearing its menacing head: cancer. Wendy writes about her anger toward God after this new development, “I turned to look at Scott, and I screamed as loud as I could—choking on every word—‘WHERE…IS…GOD?!’

Grace in the Middle details the physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles Wendy and Scott faced during the pregnancy and the treatments for their daughter Savannah’s cancer. Duke reminds us that God was always there for her even when she might not have felt His presence. She continually emphasizes the importance of having the love and support of family and a church, highlighting the richness in spiritual growth that takes place through such difficult trials. The first few years of Savannah’s life were difficult—there’s no denying that. But, as Duke is attentive to remind, God is stronger and more powerful than any curveballs thrown at a believer. Grace in the Middle even includes a chapter written by Savannah, who is now almost 15 and living a normal, busy, teenage life.

About the Author: Wendy Duke lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. She works with her husband in international sports development, using their backgrounds in coaching and telling their story throughout the world. When she’s not traveling, she is a Bible teacher, speaker, blogger, sports junkie, and middle school chauffeur. Grace in the Middle is Wendy’s first book. She writes on her blog at www.wendyduke.net.

To connect with the author or request a review copy of Grace in the Middle, please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

Bloggers! Join the Grace in the Middle Book Tour

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From August 23rd through August 29th,  Ambassador International will be hosting a Book Tour for one of our new releases, Grace in the Middle, by Wendy Duke. We’re looking for bloggers to join in! Approved bloggers who sign up for a specific day on the tour will also be entered to win a bundle of four lovely scripture prints from Naptime Diaries!

Grace in the MiddleSo, what is Grace in the Middle? It is “an imperfect journey to God’s perfect plan” for the Duke family. After overcoming a traumatic pregnancy with their daughter Savannah—who was born with only one leg—the Dukes then faced conquering the cancer that threatened the life of their little girl.

Grace in the Middle is a memoir recounting a young couple’s struggle to hold on to an unraveling faith during the greatest crisis of their lives. Heartbreaking, triumphant, and funny in just the right places, this inspiring story is an authentic reflection on battling and overcoming physical illness and disability, resisting the dark doubts that plague us in the midst of tragedy, and trusting the faithfulness of God through the deep twists and turns of life.Grace Giveaway 2

If you are interested, please let us know which day works best for you to post your review and whether you prefer a paperback or digital copy of the book. When you sign up for a specific day on the tour, we’ll also enter you to win FOUR beautiful Naptime Diaries scripture prints of your choice!

If interested, please send Nicole an email at nicole.ambassadorinternational@gmail.com

New Children’s Book Champions Creativity and Imagination

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Author edifies childhood creativity to educate and delight readers

For immediate release: Children are some of the most imaginative and creative individuals; their imaginations seem to be limitless. Creative Christopher (Ambassador International; July 2015; $14.99, hardcover) is the story of one boy who exercises his creative muscles when he gets snowbound at his grandparents’ house. In her latest book, author Kate Hanscom emboldens children to tap into their creative potentials while educating them on some of the more creative features of language.

Creative ChristopherCreative Christopher takes readers through Christopher’s day when he is trapped inside without many of his toys. Christopher, along with his Papa and Nana, spend the day imagining themselves in different scenarios by using everyday objects around the house. The trio enjoys exploring and playing in all different parts of the world without ever leaving the warmth and safety of Nana and Papa’s house thanks to Christopher’s imagination.

The book also includes a resource page to help teach children about synonyms, referencing sentences that appear in the story. In addition, Hanscom includes pages to inspire the creative minds of her readers, challenging them to get creative with just a limited supply of everyday materials.

Hanscom is also the author of Literal Lily and Fickle Fiona, two stories that educate young readers on language and decision making, respectively. In her third book, Hanscom draws from her own family and experiences to help foster a creative spirit in children while entertaining them with Christopher’s fun adventures.

About the Author: Kate Hanscom grew up in Utica, New York. A graduate of Stonehill College, she currently lives in Auburn, Massachusetts, with her husband Chris and family.

Since the publication of her first book, Literal Lily, Kate has found such joy and fulfillment in sharing her stories with those who will learn from and be delighted by them most: children! In her third book, Creative Christopher, she hopes to share not only her love of words but also the fun of imagination! She hopes that when readers meet Christopher, they are encouraged to dream, explore, and have a ball with the ideas that pop into their heads!

About the Illustrator: Lynda Hanscom is originally from Long Island, New York. She holds a BFA from St. John’s University and an MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. As an art teacher, she guided hundreds of budding student artists from kindergarten through high school to be creative through drawing, painting, and sculpting.

In this, her fourth book, Lynda is happy to lend her own son’s face and name to Creative Christopher! Also the illustrator for Tough Tommy (a children’s bereavement book), Literal Lily, and Fickle Fiona, Lynda lives in Northern Connecticut with her loving and supportive husband, Doug.

To connect with the author or request a review copy of Creative Christopher please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com

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99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 Hours we’re offering a powerful non-fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up John Murray’s book Real Faith: What’s at the Heart of the Gospel? 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. So don’t wait- pick up this book right now for just 99¢ on Kindle!

RealFaithSynopsis: Have you ever wished for a book which explores the Christian Faith in an uncomplicated way, using understandable language? Real Faithis just such a book. It covers questions from the initial “Why do we believe?” to “What is expected of us?” Along with contemplating who God is; the book considers “What is Christian conversion?” and “Why is it so difficult to live the Christian life?” The book faces the struggles within the Christian life with honesty and realism. All Christians, whether young or old, new or mature, will be spiritually strengthened and encouraged as they read Real faith. BUY NOW

Grace in the Middle Graphics

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Members of our Grace in the Middle Blog Tour: Want a little something extra to help this special post “pop” on your page the week of August 23-August 29? We’ve put together some graphics for your use! Feel free to pull from any of the following to enhance your writing and help promote Wendy Duke’s incredible story. Don’t forget to link back to Ambassador International, as well! Once your post is live fill out this short form and we’ll help promote: http://ambassador-international.com/submit-book-review/. We’re eagerly anticipating all of your wonderful posts!

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The ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale: The Letter L

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Summer is a GREAT season for encouraging your little ones to read. That’s why Ambassador is launching the ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale! We’ll be highlighting a different letter each week, all summer long. We’re moving right along this week with the letter L!

For one week only we’re offering two exciting children’s literature titles for just 99¢ each on iTunes! Pick up Brenda Ellison’s ebook Li’l Dragon Tales and Kate Hanscom’s ebook Literal Lily for a discounted price for ebook during our one-week sale event. This special iTunes pricing will remain through July 19th, and then it will return to regular price.

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Li’l Dragon Tales

Synopsis: The Grand Dragon Masters are the keepers and guards of a large red diamond in the shape of a heart. Known as the Heart of Fire, the red diamond sits atop a throne in a temple surrounded by stone replicas of Dragon Masters from since the beginning of time.    The little dragons are forbidden at a very young age from going to the Temple. A real danger of encountering and being captured by evil Dragon Slayers—always trying to steal the invaluable Heart of Fire—exists.   When Max, Gus, and Thor ignore their parents’ instructions to stay away from the Temple, they encounter Beaudolf and Tristan, Dragon Slayers who are on a quest to avenge their father’s death. There are lessons learned by everyone about the consequences of the choices they make. BUY NOW

Literal Lily

Synopsis: Rise and shine! Shop ‘til you drop!  Eat you right up! Ahhhh!!!!   As Lily and Mommy embark on a shopping trip to get supplies for her first EVER day of school, this adorable, curly-haired girl is easily confused when she takes commonly-used sayings exactly as they are spoken.  Through the book’s humorous situations and beautifully illustrated scenes, both Lily and the readers will not only learn the meaning of literal and some of today’s idioms but will also find themselves laughing along the way!   Literal Lily will inspire kids to ask questions, demonstrate different and descriptive verbiage, and most importantly, entertain! BUY NOW

$1.99 SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 Hours we’re offering a powerful fiction title for just $1.99! Pick up Belinda Kramer’s book Jesus and the Children of Galilee at a discounted rate 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. So don’t wait- pick up this book right now for just $1.99 on Kindle!

JesusandtheChildrenofGalileeSynopsis: Brothers Benjamin and Joel spend their days casting their nets and dreaming about their futures. Benjamin wants to become Galilee’s most prosperous fisherman, and Joel’s dream is to become an important Pharisee—a Jewish leader of the city. One day, they meet a strange newcomer who takes a special interest in helping them.

They follow this stranger all throughout Galilee, witnessing miraculous events and listening to his wisdom. This man is a healer, and claims to be the Son of God. Benjamin believes that this kind rabbi is the city’s new hero, the one they’ve been waiting for, but Joel isn’t so sure. When tragedy strikes, Joel soon learns a valuable lesson that will change his life—and the course of history. BUY NOW

99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 Hours we’re offering two powerful non-fiction titles for just 99¢ each! Pick up David Sitton’s books Reckless Abandon: A Gospel Pioneer’s Exploits Among the Most Difficult to Reach Peoples and Hard Fighting Soldier: Joe Cannon: 65 Years of Pioneer Gospel Exploits for the Glory of God 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. So don’t wait- pick up these books right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

RecklessAbandonSynopsis: Reckless is right when the cause is Christ.

God catapulted 20-year-old David Sitton from the beaches of south Texas to the stone-aged tribes in Papua New Guinea. Sitton traded sand and surf for cannibals, giant mosquitoes, crocodile-infested swamps, malaria, and a hostile sorceress in order to advance the Good News of Jesus among unreached peoples. Reckless Abandon is a bare-knuckled dare to count the cost and seize the privilege of working with Christ in His worldwide mission. BUY NOW

 

 

 

 

HardFightingSoldierSynopsis: Spearheads pierce targets!  Joe and Rosa Belle Cannon joyfully spearheaded the gospel of Christ for more than five decades into the most complex, post-World War II cultures of Japan and Okinawa.  After 24 years in the orient, Joe and Rosa Belle received new “orders from headquarters” and set themselves on “patrol” with the gospel, hiking with it, for days at a time, into some of the farthest flung tribes on the island of Papua New Guinea. BUY NOW

The ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale: The Letters H & I

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Summer is a GREAT season for encouraging your little ones to read. That’s why Ambassador is launching the ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale! We’ll be highlighting a different letter each week, all summer long. We’re knocking out two more this week with the letters H & I!

For one week only we’re offering two exciting children’s literature titles for just 99¢ each on iTunes! Pick up Margaret Ledford’s ebook How Far Away is Heaven? and Kenneth Good’s  ebook If I Were a Puzzle for a discounted price for ebook during our one-week sale event. This special iTunes pricing will remain through July 5th, and then it will return to regular price.

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How Far Away is Heaven?

Synopsis: One day as Sophie put a puzzle together with her father, she asked, “Daddy, what if you were a puzzle?”     Then Sophie laughed at her silly question. Daddy thought about Sophie’s question, and this is what he said . . . BUY NOW

If I Were A Puzzle

Synopsis: Zachary loves his Papa, and always looks forward to spending time at Papa and Grandma’s house. His cousins come over to play and they always have a great time. One day, Papa is not home. Where has Papa gone? Mommy says that Papa has gone to Heaven . . . but how far away is Heaven? BUY NOW