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Collection of Inspirational Life Stories Challenge Women of All Ages and Every Walk of Life

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Women of the Secret PlaceMore than a Dozen Authors Share Lessons Learned Through Real-life Experiences

For immediate release:  From broken family relationships to a shattered coffee pot on a cream rug, life hands us difficult struggles on a daily basis, but a new collection of devotions reminds readers that God is still working even when the situation may seem impossible. Led by award winning author Ruth Carmichael Ellinger, Women of the Secret Place (Ambassador International; January 2012; $13.99, paperback) captures the power and beauty of story through 52 spiritual reflections.

In all, 15 accomplished writers contributed to create the inspiring collection found in the pages of Women of the Secret Place. “You will laugh, cry and be encouraged,” says Ellinger, a two-time recipient of ACW’s Writer of the Year award. “You will gain a new appreciation of God’s unique plan for you as a woman of faith.” The women who contributed to the book represent many stages of life and are settled throughout the US including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas.

Ellinger lives in Florida with her husband Wright, a pastor. They have four grown children. In addition to Women of the Secret Place, Ellinger is the author of The Wild Rose series, three historical novels set in the Ohio Valley in the late 1800s.

To learn more about Ruth Carmichael Ellinger and the other authors of Women of the Secret Place, visit RuthEllinger.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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New Devotional Uses Photography, Poetry and Scripture to Communicate God’s Beauty, Splendor

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Wherein the Lilies GrowAuthor, licensed counselor Jo Crosby shares rich beauty of lilies

For immediate release:  The lily is the fourth most popular flower in the world, often sought after for floral bouquets and landscaping. Historically lilies symbolize purity and refined beauty, but for author Jo Crosby lilies signify rest and a renewed relationship with the Lord. In her new devotional Wherein the Lilies Grow (Ambassador International; March 2012; $17.99, hardcover) Jo explains why the delicate Lily has become such a powerful symbol in her life and faith. “Walking among the velvety blooms, not only did I see myself reflected, but I also found the time to be still, to listen, and to genuinely converse with Him,” writes Jo about her time in a day lily garden. “Extremes of both tears and laughter have fallen from my heart over the petals I love, their beauty never failing to pull the worship from my heart.”

Jo says that as she surrounded herself with God’s creation and gave herself time to enjoy it, she experienced healing from past struggles and emotional hardship. Throughout Wherein the Lilies Grow, Jo shares her heart by exposing personal journal entries, poetry and devotions. Stunning photography transplants the reader to the very place where Jo experienced her own renewal of faith, the day lily garden.

Jo Crosby is a licensed Professional Counselor with more than two decades of clinical experience. She regularly leads workshops and retreats that help people build strong, healthy relationships with God and each other. She lives with her husband John and their three children near Savannah, Georgia.

To learn more about the author Jo Crosby and Wherein the Lilies Grow, visit http://priorityinsight.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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New Series of Devotionals Offers Insight for Coaches, Pastors and Leaders

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called to coachAuthor John Crosby Draws From Decades in Ministry

For immediate release:  A new series of devotionals, full of Biblical leadership principles, address common coaching, leadership and shepherding issues through short, straight forward, down-to-earth lessons. “The Bible is the greatest source of leadership principles the world has ever known,” says author John Crosby, an ordained minister with more than 20 years of ministry experience including 12 years in workplace ministry. “The problem is, many people don’t know where to find those principles.” The series includes the following titles:called to lead

Called to Coach: 52 Weekly Devotions for Coaches (Ambassador International; March 2012; $14.99, hardcover) This book is for coaches looking for something solid to help guide them through ministry opportunities that take place in everyday life. It will serve as a resource for coaches eager to close the gap between the leader they currently are and the one God created them to be.

Called to Lead: 52 Weekly Devotions for Workplace Leaders (Ambassador International; March 2012; $14.99, hardcover) These devotions were written with smart, hard-working, no-nonsense workplace leaders in mind that are looking for tools to improve their leadership skills.

Called to shepherdCalled to Shepherd: 52 Weekly Devotions for Pastors and Ministry Leaders (Ambassador International; March 2012; $14.99, hardcover) As a ministry leader, Crosby knows the demands pastors face which is why he created this collection of brief, weekly devotions that will enhance leadership abilities.

Author John Crosby has led Priority Insight, a workplace ministry focused on Biblical leadership development, since 2000. John is also a principal of H2O Leadership, a leadership development firm, and serves as Area Director for a three county area around Savannah, GA for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. John travels extensively speaking, teaching, and preaching on Biblical leadership development in businesses, churches, schools, and non-profits.

To learn more about the author and his Called To series of books, visit http://priorityinsight.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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Bachelor Pad Winner Holly Durst Releases First Children’s Book

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Chocolate Socks Cover Reality Star Teaching Kids to Dream Big with New Book

For immediate release: Reality star Holly Durst took her love for two things and turned them in to an adorable children’s book. Chocolate Socks (Ambassador International; March 2012; $14.99, hardcover) inspires young readers to dream big—something Durst is very good at! Durst appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” season 12 and in 2011 took home a $125,000 prize for winning the second season of “Bachelor Pad.”

The prize money meant little compared to what else she walked away with: LOVE! She met her fiancé Blake Julian, a South Carolina dentist, on the show. Blake ended up popping the question in front of cameras and their engagement aired during the show’s finale. The two are currently in the middle of wedding planning for their summer ceremony. “Two of the biggest things to ever happen to me are happening in the same year,” says Durst. “I’m achieving my dream of becoming a published author and I’m marrying the love of my life!”

Durst was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. After graduating from Walsh University she moved to Los Angeles where she discovered her love for writing children’s books. While living in LA, Durst managed a high end clothing boutique in Beverly Hills for five years. A producer spotted her at the store and asked her to be on ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor.” Three years after her unsuccessful quest for love on television, Holly was asked to come back for season two of “Bachelor Pad.” This venture was a lot more successful than the last.

To learn more about the author and her book Chocolate Socks, visit HollyDurst.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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Cookbook Author Transports Readers to the Irish Countryside with Latest Cookbook

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flavors_of_irelandMargaret Johnson Creates 8th Collection of Irish recipes

For immediate release: One of Europe’s fastest growing food destinations is getting fresh attention in the pages of a new Irish cookbook from author Margaret Johnson. More than 70 authentic recipes fill the beautiful pages of Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating Grand Places and Glorious Food (Ambassador International; February 2011; $19.99). It’s Johnson’s tenth cookbook overall and eighth focusing on Irish cuisine.

The book is part recipe collection, part travel guide and part history lesson. “Flavors of Ireland offers a unique look into the ingredients that shape the country’s cooking,” says Johnson, who has written hundreds of food and travel pieces for magazines around the world. “Ireland has a distinctive food culture thanks to its geography, climate and rich history.” Johnson will be leading two Flavors of Ireland tours to the Emerald Isle, one in May and a second trip in October.

Several of the country’s top chefs and notable residents contributed recipes for Flavors of Ireland. Potato-Apple-Butter Bake from the curator of the Cork Butter Museum and Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart from the chef at Dublin’s Ely Wine Bar are two of the highlights. Chef Noel McMeel, named best chef in Ulster in 2011, contributed the foreword to the book.

Johnson is a frequent contributor to Tribune Media Services and has served as travel editor for House Magazine. She’s shared her love of food and drink at Irish cultural events, food festivals and even on cruise ships. Learn more at MargaretMJohnson.com and IrishCook.com. Email publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com to connect with the author.

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Truth of Fallen Angels, Giants, UFO’s Revealed in New Book

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Fallen AngelsAuthor Warns of Darkness Threatening to Overtake the Earth

For immediate release: CK Quarterman spent most of his life as a respected authority on business ownership and franchising, but a chance encounter on an evening walk lead him to completely shift his focus to End Time Ministries. In his new book Fallen Angels Giants, UFO Encounters and The New World Order, (Ambassador International, $10.99, paperback) Quarterman delves into one of the most fascinating and strategic topics in ancient texts: the record of fallen angels, giants, and UFO’s. Much of this era is shrouded in mystery, and belongs to an age in which the pyramids and great wonders of the world belong. It is an era, which was destroyed by God’s judgment, a flood, which left the world everlastingly, changed, the evidence of which is found in the tales, folklore and traditions of many cultures around the world. Quarterman studied this evidence extensively and now reveals his findings in the pages of Fallen Angels.

Quarterman became a Christian as a young boy and uses his Bible College studies to provide explanation and proof into the world of fallen angels, giants and UFOs. Quarterman explains, “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4).

Quarterman believes we are currently at a climax of human history “The end of the world as we know it is about to take place,” he writes. “A storm is gathering, so terrible as to cause men’s hearts to fail them for fear; we must not approach this coming apocalypse unaware and unarmed.”

Over the years Quarterman has studied law, medicine and even electronics, becoming an expert on business ownership and franchising. He speaks regularly on the topics of end times, fallen angels, UFOs and more. Quarterman and his wife live in South Carolina. For more information visit fallenangels-ckquarterman.com. To connect or set up an interview please contact Alison at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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New Christian Novel Explores Bond of Brotherhood

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Mississippi NightsAuthor Uses Volunteer Firefighting Experience to Bring Characters to Life

For immediate release: Philosopher Antisthenes once said “When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.” But what happens when they hate each other? David and Jeremy Boyette were incredibly close until David’s fiancé perishes in a car fire that he believes his brother Jeremy could have prevented. Mississippi Nights, by author DM Webb, tells the story of bitterness, resentment and the power of love. Read what others are already saying about Webb’s debut novel:

I loved this book; I was so impressed with the depth of the characters. I am an avid reader an it is hard to find a book that I am completely absorbed in. It wasn’t the average love story where you knew the ending. I laughed and even got mad at the characters at times. Beautiful work that I recommend to anyone looking for a good read! –Ashley Means

Loved this book! DM’s characters are very real and she deals with the tough subject of alcoholism without shying away from it. I also loved the healing journey this book took you on and the story of forgiveness for not only those around you, but yourself and ultimately God. –Susan Tuttle
The characters in Mississippi Nights are well-drawn, each with his quirks, strengths and flaws– there are no stereotypes here. The secondary cast adds depth and richness. The beautiful Mississippi scenery is lovingly described, with each sense brought to life. It’s obvious the author loves her home state. –Carole Towriss

Webb drew from her experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMR to write with accuracy about the main characters, a firefighter and a police officer. Webb lives, along with her two sons and a variety of pets, in the beautiful state of Mississippi. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more information visit the author’s website: www.dmwebb.com. To connect with the author please contact Ambassador International publicist Alison Storm via email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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New Christian Novel Explores Importance of Truth and Family

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Crossing ValuesJob-Hopping Main Character Avoiding Tainted Past, Broken Relationships

For immediate release: For years, Amber traipsed around the Northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet by refusing to let anyone get close to her. Her latest stop landed her a job at a logging company with a family unlike any she’s ever known. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade. Crossing Values (Ambassador International; January 2012; $11.99/paperback) was written by author Carrie Daws who believes many people will be able to relate to Amber’s history of struggles. “So many of us have events, fears and people from our past that we don’t want exposed,” explains Daws. “I think that’s what makes Amber such an intriguing character.”

Daws hopes readers will also be inspired by the actions of those who take time to notice Amber and show her love. “Sometimes God places hurting people in our path,” says Daws, “but we’re too caught up in our routine or task to notice. Crossing Values is about what can happen when we stop and take time to care.”

Daws spent six years writing regular online devotionals, which is why she created a free 7-day devotional for Crossing Values’ readers, which can be downloaded by visiting CarrieDaws.com/Freebies. It’s a tool to help book clubs, small groups and individual readers delve further into the themes and characters of Crossing Values. Also available through the author’s website is a free Discussion Sheet perfect for book clubs.

This is Carrie Daws debut novel. She and her husband live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.

For more information or to connect with Carrie Daws please contact Ambassador International publicist Alison Storm via email at media@emeraldhouse.com. You can also learn more at CarrieDaws.com or Twitter.com/CarrieDaws.  

 

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New Book Reveals Christian Testimonies of Major League Baseball Players

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Gods-Lineup Twenty-five players share their faith stories, many for first time

For immediate release: More than two dozen baseball players are opening up in a new book about something other than batting averages and pitching records. They’re sharing intimate details about their Christian faith. Twenty-five current and retired Major League players agreed to tell their faith stories for the new book God’s Lineup: Testimonies of Major League Baseball Players. “Many of these players have never shared their faith in such an open, honest way before,” says co-author Kevin Morrisey. “But when we approached them about the idea they were thrilled to be a part of this book.”

Morrisey says he was struck with the idea for the book while at St. Louis Cardinals game a couple of years ago. “It was Faith Night at the park and several of the players were sharing their testimonies,” Morrisey remembers. “I just thought it would be great if I could interview more players about their testimonies.” Some of the players featured in the book include:

  • Stephen Drew, current shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Trot Nixon, former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and 2004 World Series Champion.
  • Matt Diaz, current outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
  • Tim Salmon, former right fielder and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels, known among Angels’ fans as the King Fish.

The book received a rare endorsement from Baseball Chapel, an international ministry responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders. Each chapter focuses on one ball player and tells the story about how their life was before knowing Christ, how they came to know Him and how their life has changed. Morrisey spent more than a year interviewing players and says he was incredibly encouraged by their stories. “The players repeatedly told me that playing ball was a gift from God to place them on a platform for sharing Jesus,” says Morrisey.

Learn more about authors Kevin and Elizabeth Morrisey and their book God’s Lineup by visiting GodsLineup.com. To connect with the authors please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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