Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into  the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic  -     By: Kent Brantly, Amber Brantly
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When missionaries Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly learned that Kent had contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, they expected him to live only 48 hours. The harrowing story of his evacuation back to the U.S., his miraculous recovery, and the Brantlys' continued dedication to God's call and their African neighbors will leave you humbled and inspired! 240 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781601428233

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Publisher's Description

"Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola."

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.

Author Bio

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.

Author Info

Dr. Kent Brantly is a family medicine physician who in 2013 accepted a post-resident position with World Medical Mission (a ministry of Samaritan's Purse) to serve at the ELWA Hospital in Monvovia, Liberia. In July of 2014, Kent contracted the Ebola virus, and his treatment and subsequent recovery became an international news story. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University in Texas and received his degree in medicine from Indiana University. In fall of 2014, Kent testified on the Ebola crisis in West Africa before both houses of the US Congress, and later that year he was honored by Time Magazine as a "Person of the Year." Dr. Brantly's wife, Amber, also an alumnus of Abilene Christian University, is a registered nurse. The Brantlys are the parents of two young children and are living temporarily in the United States with the intention of resuming their international medical mission service in the near future.

Publisher's Description

Ebola threatened his life but God had other plans. The miracle story of Kent and Amber Brantly inspires everyone to serve other and make the most of life's experiences.

Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly (with David Thomas) tell of Dr. Brantly's near-death encounter with the Ebola virus in Liberia. The first American diagnosed during the 2014 outbreak, Dr. Brantly's ordeal--including his controversial evacuation to and hospitalization in the United States--received worldwide media attention. Interspersed in the account is the full story of how both Kent and his wife, Amber, sought to serve others in the name of Christ in Liberia. Then, when tragedy struck--as thousands, perhaps millions of people worldwide prayed for his life--miraculous events unfolded that resulted in Dr. Brantly's flight to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta...and an eventual clean bill of health.

Editorial Reviews

"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

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  1. Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life with Ebola
    November 11, 2015
    pastor les
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the better books that I have read in some time. It is well written,always Biblical and Kent and Amber are transparent with their struggle and emotions from day one

    I appreciated that the medical aspect of Kent's treatment was put in laymen's language so that it is easily understood. Nothing is sugar coated and the emotions as noted above reveal the real struggles that we as believers have.There is no anger with the Lord because of Kent's contracting ebola .The spiritual struggles are shared as well as the physical. ones

    Kent and Amber realized the importance and power of prayer and had already developed a prayer network. I believe it was in answer to prayer and the sacrificial care received from fellow Dr's. and nurses that permitted Kent to recover. His desire to serve the Lord was reinforced through this extremely difficult time in their lives. This is so much more than a biography,it is a record of a very real life and death struggle. We plainly see when we handle our trials in a Biblical manner,we are are comforted and are able in turn to encourage others. Well done and I highly recommend this book to help strengthen your walk with Christ especially in time of trial and testing.

    This book was receive from WaterBrook press for my evaluation.
  2. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Serving God Means Serving Others
    November 7, 2015
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an amazing story of God working in and through the lives of a couple who answered His call on their lives to serve others. I recall the Ebola breakout because of the reports received from another organization that was involved in Sierra Leone. However, I was not keeping up with details of specific cases. I was greatly moved by the commitment Kent and Amber made to serve God and by all that they went through as he fought for his life against Ebola. It is difficult to fathom the extent to which that affected both of them and all those around them. I can only guess at how hard it was for them to have to be separated from each other during this time. I have sat by my wife's hospital bed as she has gone through some serious illnesses and health issues but nothing like they experienced. What a testament to their faith and love! I highly recommend this book especially to married couples who may need a wake-up call such as this to help them see that what they are going through is nothing compared to the experiences of Kent and Amber.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic
    November 4, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have NOT read this book. I was asked to purchase this book for our church library by a member of the congregation. She came back within the week saying how good this book was and had already handed it off to someone else in the congregation. That gentleman has also said what a good book it is, but i have yet to get my own hands on it!!
  4. Maine
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    Called for Life ~ Kent and Amber Brantly
    July 13, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very touching and inspiring true story. What do you do when you know GOD is calling you to take your family out of your home country of comfort and into a world of concern? GOD is telling you to move to Liberia and very care for those that are infected with Ebola. This is that story, Kent is a doctor that moves he and his family to Liberia and attempt to stop the spread of the deadly disease. When Kent contracts Ebola and becomes another person that needs to be treated, we learn the heartache and what he goes through.

    This is the side that the media did not talk or show you, this is the real story. This book goes into the hearts of the people that suffered, lost loved ones and how they were never educated on this epidemic. It shows love and compassion in a way that makes you think, would I do the same?

    I recommend this book for everyone to read, it is an eye opener to how the other side of the world doesn't get educated as we do in the United States. It shows the side of how we have the ability to go to a hospital and what these people had to endure to get to a hospital. A very moving and must read book!! I couldn't put this book down and read parts out loud to my husband to make him also aware of what really happened and how the media only told us parts of the "real truth".

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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