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Former Addict Helps Others Embrace Life Beyond Sobriety

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sobering truth steve SellersAlcohol Stole Author Steven Sellers’ Life, but God Gave It Back

For immediate release: Statistics show that at least eight out of ten people don’t recover from addictions. Many receive help at treatment facilities only to fall back into their old ways once they leave. That’s exactly what happened to Steven Sellers. “People leave treatment armed with information on how to remain sober, but more often than not people fail,” says Sellers. “Many addicts are under the delusion that life will get better once they’re sober, but when it doesn’t they return to the comfort of addiction.”

His new book, The Sobering Truth: One Man’s Journey from Failure to Faith, shares the good news that despite the startling reality of what happens to most addicts, every life can be restored in Christ. This book reveals Sellers’ personal battle with alcoholism and how his addiction eventually pushed out everything in his life that was important. It’s the raw truth about how addiction bred deception and how deception destroyed Sellers’ career, marriage, self-esteem,  relationships, health, finances and character.

On the destructive, dysfunctional, and lonely path of addiction, Sellers found God and through Christ’s love was restored and healed. Sellers explains how he went from being controlled by a substance to handing control over to God. Published by Ambassador International, The Sobering Truth became available at bookstores nationwide this month. 


Eating Disorders Experiencing Unprecedented Growth

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Call it what it isAuthor Angela Huntley Shares Her Personal Battle, Offers Hope to Others

For immediate release: Angela Huntley can’t remember a time in her childhood when she was happy with her appearance. In fact, she hated the way she looked. This disgust with her appearance pushed her into a spiral of laxative abuse and bingeing. “I was worshipping diet, exercise, and body image,” she says. “I was putting my desire to be thin before Christ.” She writes candidly about her agonizing obsession with weight in her new book, Call It What It Is: The Truth at the Core of Eating Disorders.

In the US, up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Those shocking statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) don’t surprise Angela. “It’s a serious epidemic that’s growing fast,” she says. “But I overcame it and I know others can too.”

In Call It What It Is, Huntley wants readers to ponder the question “What is lord of your life?” Addictions can come in many forms, not just eating disorders. But Angela believes these strongholds can be broken when we surrender to God.

Angela resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband Chad and four sons. She received her degree in Biblical Studies from the Riverside Bible Institute and is currently on staff at Riverside Church in Three Rivers, Michigan. Published by Ambassador International, Call It What It Is is set for a July 20, 2011 release.



Young Widow Hopes to Encourage Other Caregivers

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the-call-of-a-caregiver flatAuthor Jessica Mast Writes The Call of a Caregiver to Reach New Generation of Widows

For immediate release: At the age of 23 Jessica Mast was a beaming bride. At the age of 25 she was a grieving widow, struggling with the excruciating loss of her husband Jimmy. Jimmy’s liver began to fail and for months Jessica spent every moment by his hospital bed, leading the exhausting, painful life of a caregiver. “Jimmy’s condition was often up and down, and we would go from thinking he was improving one week to thinking the worst the next week,” says Jessica. “I stayed by his side through it all and refused to give up hope for Jimmy’s healing.”

Liver failure took Jimmy’s life on his 28th birthday, leaving Jessica empty, alone and struggling to understand why. “I felt hurt and betrayed by God for not healing Jimmy, and I struggled with anger toward God for months before I finally surrendered to His comfort, compassion and love for me,” remembers Jessica. “My despair almost caused me to take my own life, and once again, Jesus saved me from destruction. Over time, Jesus healed my wounds.” Jessica hopes by sharing her story of restoration through her new book The Call of a Caregiver, she’ll help others in similar circumstances.

A 2010 study estimates that the US is home to 13.6 million widows, the third highest of any country in the world. But often resources are geared towards older widows. However, recent wars have created a new generation of young caregivers and widows that Jessica hopes to encourage through The Call of a Caregiver. 



Living Christian Faith like Living in a Hurricane

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LovesLikeAHurriance_Cover Author asks “If you never existed would this world be any different?”

For immediate release: Experts are already predicting a rough 2011 hurricane season with 17 named storms including three major hurricanes of category three or higher. But author Gene Krcelic says for Christians, the storm never stops. “We are constantly lashed with our physical sin, our doubts and our disbeliefs,” says Krcelic. “When you accept Christ it doesn’t mean the storm is over. In fact you’re in a greater torrent and that’s when the work starts.” Fittingly, Krcelic’s new book Loves Like A Hurricane: When God Whispers in the Dark, blows into stores during the heart of hurricane season, in July 2011.

Krcelic, the president of the Premier Foundation, says his own faith journey began with the most costly storm in history, Hurricane Katrina. A near death experience the night the storm hit along with his own disaster relief work proved to be pivotal moments in his Christian walk. “I came back home from Louisiana and my life was forever changed,” he says. Since then he’s traveled with the Premier Foundation to communities ravaged by poverty and natural disaster. These areas include Haitian refugee camps in the Dominican Republic and orphanages in the heart of Mexico’s drug war.

In Loves Like a Hurricane, Krcelic asks readers to step back, look at their lives and ask themselves how the world would be different if they never existed. The author hopes to inspire others to live life with a renewed hurricane-like faith, encountering God’s fathomless love. Loves Like a Hurricane shows us what God’s voice looks like when He whispers to us in the dark, during unlikely times in our lives-even when we aren’t listening. It pushes us to search our heart and to look at our world as if we never lived, to truly look and see if we individually have made this world a better place. A portion of the proceeds of Loves Like a Hurricane will support the Premier Foundation.


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