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Called for Life

How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic

Kent Brantly & Amber Brantly

About Called for Life

Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.”
 
Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. Most significantly, Called for Life reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation.

Praise

“Dr. Kent Brantly is responsible for one of the worst weeks of my life. When I told
him that, he smiled and said, ‘It wasn’t that great for me either!’ But Kent gives
God the credit for saving his life and surviving the deadly Ebola virus that infected
him while serving others in the name of Jesus. Dr. Brantly and his wife, Amber,
went obediently to Liberia to serve with Samaritan’s Purse as medical missionaries,
and were the recipients of prayers from around the world as they battled an attack
that threatened their future. The world watched as Kent was successfully trans ported back to the United States from Africa. International media outlets captured
his every step as he walked from the ambulance into Atlanta’s Emory University
Hospital, where he found physical restoration—a miracle from God. You will be
riveted by this extraordinary couple who are called for life to serve the Lord Jesus
Christ—the Great Physician!”  —Franklin Graham, president and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse
and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“When hope seems dim,  Called for Life reminds us of the limitless possibilities of
a God- driven life. Dr. Brantly’s story inspires us to stay strong in the unexpected
crises of life, to be encouraged to recall God’s promises, to be challenged to
examine our own commitment to God’s call on our lives.”  — Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author

“Compelling, factual, and emotional, Called for Life draws readers to reflect on  their own journeys to faith in Christ and encourages them to trust God in the
crises of life.”  — Nancy Writebol, SIM missionary to Liberia and fellow  Ebola survivor

“Kent and his wife, Amber, have truly lived by the phrase ‘When the going gets
tough, the tough go back to their calling.’ Their great compassion for the sick and
broken—choosing to suffer alongside them even in the face of possible death—
has touched and saved many lives. I am thrilled to see the Brantlys share their  amazing story in print, and I know it will inspire and challenge you to find your place in God’s calling upon your life.”  — Dr. Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

"Called for Life invites all of us behind the curtain of the news stories and press
releases and into the Brantlys’ lives during the most trying of times. Their love
for each other, their faith and courage, as well as the strength and support they  received from their network of friends, family, and caregivers is heartwarming and  inspiring. When we set out to just do what is right, this behind-the-news-flash story reminds all of us that we live in a global community, that we all have a role to play, and that all of us can make a difference, wherever we are and in whatever profession."
—Lisa Hensley, virologist and deputy director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Integrated Research Facility

“As you walk alongside them on their journey, Kent and Amber’s poignant story
will touch your heart, move you to tears, strengthen your faith, and cause you to
trust God more.” — David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations

"Called for Life tells the rest of the story—what went before, lay behind, and follows after the iconic images of a coverall clad figure gently stepping out of an ambulance and into an international spotlight. Kent and Amber have given us a glimpse inside their previously private world to uncover the roots of their genuine humility, tender love for each other, and deep compassion for their neighbors. Not all readers will fully resonate with their interpretations, but all will surely appreciate their candor, sensitivity, and sincerity,and the beauty, and suspense of a story well told.” — David McRay, MD, professor at the University  of  Tennessee College of Medicine

“There are many books about surviving illness, but this is a one-of-a-kind story.
What happens when ordinary Christian medical missionaries are caught up in an
extraordinary world crisis? Though I know the story, I found my heart pounding
as I turned the pages. And it turns out to be a tale not of disease, primarily, but of
calling, faith, and love. It is a story of a remarkable family, their community, and
their commitment to a hurting world and to God.”  — Randy Harris, spiritual director and instructor, Abilene Christian University

“Knowing Kent and Amber personally, I can say that Called for Life is a deep and
honest testament to God’s working in the midst of suffering and crisis. Kent and
Amber’s voices come through the pages in a very authentic way, and you will experience all Kent’s emotions as he walks through this journey. As an Ebola survivor myself, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.” — Rick Sacra, MD, SIM missionary

“Refreshingly, the Brantlys never give trite answers to complex questions like ‘How
does God work in healing?’ or ‘Why is there suffering in the world?’  Instead, what  they give us is a story— their story, and it’s one worth reading.” — Jonathan Storment, preaching minister at the Highland Church of Christ and co-author of Bringing Heaven to Earth

About Kent Brantly

Dr. Kent Brantly, accompanied by his wife Amber and family, served as medical missionaries in Monrovia, Liberia, with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Both Kent (BA in Biblical Text) and Amber (BS in Nursing) are graduates of Abilene Christian University.  Dr. Brantly received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed his Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Maternal Child Health at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. After contracting the Ebola virus in summer 2014, Dr. Brantly was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he recovered and was later reunited with his family. Now serving as the Medical Missions Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Brantly, Amber, and their two children are based in Texas.

About Amber Brantly

Dr. Kent Brantly, accompanied by his wife Amber and family, served as medical missionaries in Monrovia, Liberia, with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Both Kent (BA in Biblical Text) and Amber (BS in Nursing) are graduates of Abilene Christian University.  Dr. Brantly received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed his Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Maternal Child Health at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. After contracting the Ebola virus in summer 2014, Dr. Brantly was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he recovered and was later reunited with his family. Now serving as the Medical Missions Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Brantly, Amber, and their two children are based in Texas.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 2, 2016

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Press Release

For Immediate Release

from WaterBrook Press, a division of  Penguin Random House, LLC

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American Ebola Survivor and Wife Chronicle Frontline Battle in the Worst Outbreak of the Deadly Virus
 
“…told in unvarnished detail with pacing that approaches a medical thriller. His survival raises medical, ethical, and theological questions.”  Publishers Weekly
 
In the new book Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola EpidemicAmerican Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber Brantly share the story of how their calling to serve others turned into a life or death battle during the worst outbreak of the deadly virus in history. Releasing from WaterBrook Press (an imprint of the Crown Group at Penguin Random House) on July 21, 2015, the book marks the one-year anniversary of Kent contracting Ebola.
 
THE CALLING
In the Spring 2014, most of the world was unaware of a growing epidemic of the Ebola virus in West Africa, which was on course to become the deadliest outbreak to date. During that time Kent, a young doctor serving as a Samaritan’s Purse missionary at the EWLA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, and his wife were preparing for the worst. The couple, with two pre-school age children, knew they had a calling on their lives to love their neighbors, even if it took them half a world away from home. They came to realize that when Ebola showed up at their doorstep, it could cost them their lives.
 
“We didn’t believe that because we were there as medical missionaries we would automatically be divinely protected from getting Ebola,” writes Amber. “We were not afraid of dying. Missionaries have died on their chosen fields for centuries…. The circumstances in Liberia had changed since we had arrived, but this was still exactly what we signed up for.”
 
THE CRISIS
In the riveting book Called for Life, Kent and Amber capture the human drama of gearing up for the crisis and caring for the first wave of patients suffering from a dehumanizing disease. Their behind-the-scenes accounts provide an understanding of an already war-torn country confronting an unexpected health disaster and the caregivers desperately seeking to bring comfort and compassion to gravely ill people and their families.
 
“When I reflect on patients, I do not feel like my care was a failure,” says Kent. “Even though they died, I feel that I did something more for them than treat their sickness. I did everything I 
could do to save their lives and could not, but I also had compassion on them. I entered into their suffering with them. I tried to offer back to them the dignity that Ebola was taking away.” 
 
Then in late July 2014, Kent contracted the virus himself knowing he’d only had one patient survive. Through the story of Kent’s diagnosis and recovery, the Brantlys see the merciful hand of God at work, in light of such circumstances as: the heroic efforts of many people to arrange for the use of an experimental drug called ZMapp, which became available through a series of improbable events in the medically under-resourced country; the series of pivotal decisions by his colleagues regarding treatment; and the specially outfitted plane used for his emergency evacuation from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
 
Amber, who had left with the children for a family wedding in the US just days prior to the onset of Kent’s illness, was separated from her husband at a critical time. It was scripture, hymns, family and the prayers by millions of people for her husband that helped her to cope. 
 
THE RECOVERY
The image of Kent in a PPE suit exiting an ambulance at Emory University Hospital on August 2, 2014, is seared on the nation’s collective conscience. Kent’s illness had brought Ebola to America and everyone was now paying attention.
 
Kent spent nearly three weeks in isolation in Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) receiving state-of-the- art care. At last, Kent and Amber were able to see each other, but not fully reunited. In addition, Kent was joined at the SCDU by fellow missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, who had become close friends with the Brantlys during their time in Africa. 
 
On August 20, 2014, Kent received the news that he was Ebola free. Emory University Hospital scheduled a press conference and in front of millions of people worldwide, he gave thanks to the people who were instrumental in his care and to God for saving his life. When he spoke about being sick in bed in Monrovia with  his condition worsening each day, he said, “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that in my life or in my death that He would be glorified.”
 
Called for Life concludes with Kent’s reflections on the circumstances that allowed him to recover when so many thousands did not, his duty moving forward and how this experience has changed him. He writes, “Some people might say God gave me a second chance, an opportunity to live better than I had up to this point. Others say there is nothing inherently redemptive about my situation and my narrow escape from death, it’s just a matter of fact.  I don’t know which is true”
 
Kent  adds, “I do not claim to know how God works. But this I do know: I was facing death and now I am alive.  And with life comes responsibility. Saint Paul put it this way: ‘For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.’ I might put it this way: Because I live, I ought to use my life in a way that is meaningful and helpful to my neighbor. This is not for my own glory; it is for God who gave me life.”
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 

Dr. Kent Brantly, accompanied by his wife Amber and family, served as medical missionaries in Monrovia, Liberia, with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Both Kent and Amber are graduates of Abilene Christian University.  Kent received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed his Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Maternal Child Health at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. After contracting the Ebola virus in summer 2014, Dr. Brantly was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he recovered and was later reunited with his family. Now serving as the Medical Missions Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Brantly, Amber, and their two children are based in Texas. 
 
Writer David Thomas’ credits include the New York Times best-seller Foxcatcher, with Mark Schultz, which has been adapted into the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film starring Steve Carell. 
 
For more information, visit www.calledforlifebook.com or www.waterbrookmultnomah.com. 
 
Praise for Called for Life
 

“Dr. Kent Brantly is responsible for one of the worst weeks of my life. When I told him that, he smiled and said, ‘It wasn’t that great for me either!’ But Kent gives God the credit for saving his life and surviving the deadly Ebola virus that infected him while serving others in the name of Jesus. Dr. Brantly and his wife Amber had obediently gone to Liberia to serve with Samaritan’s Purse as medical missionaries and were the recipients of prayers from around the world as they battled an attack that threatened their future. The world watched as Kent was successfully transported back to the United States from Africa. International media outlets captured his every step as he walked from the ambulance into Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital where he found physical restoration—a miracle from God.  You will be riveted by this extraordinary couple who are Called for Life to serve the Lord Jesus Christ—the Great Physician!” 
 --Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

When hope seems dim, Called for Life, reminds us of the limitless possibilities of a God-driven life. Dr. Brantly’s story inspires us to stay strong in the unexpected crises of life...to be encouraged to recall God’s promises…to be challenged to examine our own commitment to God’s call on our lives.” 
--Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author

Contact Publicist

Beverly Rykerd