Called for Life
How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic
Jul 21, 2015 | 240 Pages
About Called for Life
Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too.
When Kent received the diagnosis, he was already alone and in quarantine in the Brantly home in Liberia. Amber and the children had left just days earlier on a trip to the United States. Kent’s personal battle against the horrific Ebola began, and as thousands of people worldwide prayed for his life, a miraculous series of events unfolded.
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.
“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 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 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 survivorr
"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 BrantlyDr. 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 BrantlyDr. 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.
240 pages | Published by WaterBrook
On Sale Date: Jul 21, 2015
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