speaker interview with amber haines

The waters of this one’s soul run deep and drip with poetry from every word.  She’s soft and strong, wise and curious all at once.  A gifted writer, true friend, and soul sister, Amber Haines is like a cool drink of water on a hot summer’s day.  She is honest and refreshing, not afraid to push into hard questions, but with a grace that is always preceded by her genuine smile and care for the hearts of people.  We are delighted to re-introduce most of you to our sweet friend and Allume Speaker, Amber Haines

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What was your favorite food as a kid? 

I loved cheese balls and chicken. In fact, when I received a pet rabbit as a​ gift, I named it Cheeseball Chicken.

What sound do you love? 

Hummingbird wings​

If you could paint a picture of a place you have been what would it be?

Inish Bofin, an island off the coast of The Republic of Ireland.​

If you could only do one things for a whole year what would you want it to be?

I would want to write.

 If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

I want to learn to play violin.​

 If you could pick anyone as a mentor who would you pick?

Tonia Peckover of Study in Brown.​

What do you do with 30 minutes of free time?

I’m not sure what this means. I have four sons.

What would the dream birthday present be?

A day alone in my own house.​

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An author. :)​

 What is something new you learned last week?

If I could talk my kids into believing what is true, I would. We depend on the Holy Spirit for way more than we ever give credit.​

 What do you miss most about being a kid?​

I miss not having to wear restrictive clothes or having to plan dinner.​ I miss going into the woods and hearing the whippoorwill call.

If gifted an all expenses paid vacation to anywhere where would you pick?

Ethiopia. Or Paris. Or India. Really? I could never pick.​

If everything in your life aligned exactly as in your dreams, what would your life look like? Where would you live, what would you do?

I would live on a small farm, and my husband and I would be writers. We would sing, and we would have huge parties.

If I was coming to your house for dinner, what would we have?

​We would have sage-encrusted bone-in pork and squash soup.​

What’s in your purse?

My planner is always in my purse. Without my planner, my purse would be like a head without a brain.​

To learn even more about Amber, please visit her at her  Website /// Twitter Better yet.. get your Allume ticket and come hug her in person!

Veil of Tears: Hope is on the Way

A warm welcome to Gospel for Asia.

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Did you know that the women of Asia are one of the most unreached people groups in the world today?

The heart-breaking reality is that millions of these women who are precious, valued, treasured by Jesus, just like you and me, are downtrodden, oppressed, and worthless in the eyes of their society.

A woman in South Asia faces a life cycle of suffering. A burden of oppression threatens her very existence, following her from birth — and even before birth — to her death.

But despair isn’t the end of the story for the women of Asia. In the midst of these hopeless situations, there is glorious hope!



A Widow’s Story

The story of Netramini shows the plight of more than 40 million widows in South Asia. After her husband died, Netramini didn’t receive the love and support that are common for widows here in North America. Instead, she was seen as a “bad omen”, rejected, and kicked out of her son’s house. With nowhere else to go, she began working, but Netramini’s health got worse to the point where she could no longer work. Her only option left for survival? Begging.

“I was completely alone. … No one would give me work so I had to beg. … I had nothing to eat, nothing to wear. I was completely senseless and didn’t know anything. . .” Netramini said.

She was forsaken, abandoned, and had no one to care for her. Netramini continued to get sicker, and for two days she lay abandoned in her house. Perhaps Netramini would have died there, but several woman missionaries, specially trained to reach out to the hurting and downtrodden, brought help and hope to this precious woman. Now Netramini has a home. She has people who love and care for her, and she knows that she is valued in the sight of Jesus.

Watch a short clip from “Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way” that shares Netramini’s story.

Gospel for Asia’s heart is share the love of Jesus with the most unreached in South Asia. One facet of our ministry is reaching out to the women of Asia with the rescue and hope of Christ! Gospel for Asia is impacting the lives of these beautiful women by teaching them how to provide for themselves with sewing machines, placing their children in schools, and sharing with them that Jesus loves and cherishes them.

The documentary film “Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way”, narrated by Natalie Grant and released in March 2014, reveals the plight of women in Asia and the hope that is on the way for them. Filmed on location in India in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today, “Veil of Tears” takes you on a journey where few outsiders have gone before. The women of Asia tell their incredibly real stories of tragedy and hope, like the widow Netramini, young Maloti, and many others. Be inspired by the light of Christ shining through and changing lives.

Let’s learn, pray, give — and Be Her Advocate.


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On Being An Instrument

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Don’t let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for your story.   Flannery O’Connor

This summer I picked up a copy of Flannery O’Connor’s, A Prayer Journal to add to my ever-expanding personal library. I’d read a mix of reviews regarding the contents of her short journal and even now, after reading it myself, I am happy to have purchased it. It amazed me, how many of her prayers echoed my own mutterings and pleas to God. I can’t write apart from God and so my journals bulge with petitions and confessions on behalf of this gift He has given me.

Recently, I shared a few email exchanges with a couple of writer friends, in which both of them expounded on their feelings of frustration, doubt and sense of purpose and worth as it relates to writing. So many of their own thoughts reminded me of the words in O’Connor’s journal, and in my own. I’m grateful for their honesty and willingness to wrestle with the gift, and how it is to be used.

After sitting with their words for a while, I feel compelled to pray for us writers, because though our stories are different, when you know God has trusted you with this particular gift, the struggle to steward it well, is universal.

So, writer friends, join me in praying (or scroll down to hear the prayer, as I pray it over us both)–

Father God, you are the greatest storyteller the world will ever know. You speak and life is formed. You breathe and the wind and waves obey you. Your power is beyond understanding, beyond compare. God you believe in the power of words. You gave us language and voices with which to share your majesty among the nations. You invite us into your story, and grant us the grace to work alongside you, as word weavers, and storytellers. We would not know how, if you had not first shown us in your perfect and holy Word, the very Word who walked among us as a man, as God, as savior. Lord teach us to use our words for kingdom purposes. Part our lips to speak of your glory, of your redemption, of your unfathomable mercy. Jesus shape our craft to reflect all that is good and right and true, that we might draw people into the shelter of your wings. Give us the wisdom to speak honestly, and with love. Keep us from becoming clanging cymbals of self-promotion and idolatry. Lord, your story in us is the only one worth telling. Give us the heart to tell it well. Keep us humble Lord, in a world that determines worth by way of numbers and scales and dollar signs. Lord Jesus, teach us to build altars instead of platforms. Remind us of why it is we have a voice, and what it is you have asked us to do. Unite us in Christ, while defining the beauty of our individual creativity, generously given by your inspired, intentional design. Don’t let us ever think, dear God, that we are anything but the instrument for your story. In your holy and perfect name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Noonday Collection {Giveaway!}

A big, hearty welcome to Noonday Collection!

Noonday Collection is so excited to be sponsoring the Allume Conference again this year! This inspiring gathering of women so clearly highlights the values and dreams that are in Noonday’s DNA as a company. We love what happens when women come together in the spirit of uplifting and encouraging one another. At Noonday, we use fashion and design to bring economic opportunity to the vulnerable, and are passionate about bringing women together through our deeply interconnected network of Ambassadors, customers, and artisans around the world.


Artisan empowerment is at the heart of what we do, and we are honored to share in the stories of so many talented individuals in countries spanning from Rwanda to Guatemala. We especially have a heart for the female artisans around the world who are experiencing economic empowerment and freedom, many for the first time in their lives, because of sustainable jobs. In India, it is often considered inappropriate for women to work outside the home, but one of our artisans, Sofiya, dreamed of a life of independence and opportunity. She jumped at the chance to become a jewelry-maker, and became the primary supporter for her family after her father passed away. Through the artisan group, she has learned about her rights as an Indian woman and has even purchased her own motorbike—a rare symbol on independence in India.


Another of Noonday’s missions is to provide the tools women need to keep their families together. In Ethiopia, people diagnosed with HIV are often stigmatized because of the disease and forced to leave their communities, despite the fact that HIV is now as treatable as Type 2 Diabetes and cannot be transmitted by casual contact. When Tigiest found out she was HIV positive, she was forced out of her home and traveled to Mount Entoto to seek the healing waters that are believed to flow there. She was forced to leave two of her five children behind because she could not afford to care for all of them, a tragedy that left her desperate to reunite her family. On the mountain, she found a new community and a new hope. She began working as a jewelry-maker for Noonday’s partner group and with her earnings were enough to allow her to bring her other two children to live with her. She now provides a home, food, and an education for all five of her children, who are her pride and joy.

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We love that we get to connect women across continents, whether they live in Jaipur or Cleveland. Our network of 650 Ambassadors (and growing!) serve as the voice and face of Noonday in their communities. This powerful group of women are advocates, storytellers, and stylists and they create marketplace for our artisans at trunk shows across the country. For these unstoppable women, the community they have found in one another is a testament to what can happen when women fix their eyes on the same horizon. They come from all over the country and from all different backgrounds—they are homemakers, nurses, and computer programmers. Their lives may look different, but they all have one thing in common: a passion for seeing justice done for the poor. And that one thing is enough to unite them into a team of women willing to break out of their comfort zones, be vulnerable enough to ask for help, and celebrate each others’ successes.


We are thrilled to be a part of the Allume Conference and to see firsthand the power of women gathering for the express purpose of growing, changing, and inspiring others. Our work across the globe has showed us that women everywhere have the potential to create big changes in their communities. And when women gather together, their combined influence has the power to change the whole world.


We want to give away $100 of Noonday Goodies to one lovely winner. Come on over and follow us on Instagram and then leave a comment below. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Giveaway ends Friday at 11:59 EST.

Breaking the Cycle of Oppression Through Education

Please welcome Shining Light International.

There are 62 million girls around the world that are not in school.

Pakistan has the world’s second highest population of girls not attending school. Parents often can’t afford school or if they could, they send a son, and the tradition of early child marriages remained a frightening reality. Imagine attending a school where half the room is empty and there are virtually no females present to add their voices or participate in class discussions.  This is the scene in most schools in rural villages of Northern Pakistan.  


Oppression and religious extremism create incredible hurdles for girls and entire communities to thrive spiritually, physically, and economically.  Not only are families struggling to provide food and protection from the violence that is prevalent in their nation, the lack of education severely stunts their economic opportunities.  When most Pakistanis are asked what they dream of most:  It’s education.  A hope for their future.  


At Shining Light International we decided to join with our friends in Pakistan and say YES, there is a hope for the future. Through strong partnerships with local leaders, our goal is to empower and equip them to improve their own economic situation and create opportunities for their sons and daughters. Village committees are established to identify community needs and work with SLI to access urgently needed resources, materials, training and support.   

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Working hand in hand with the Pakistani people, Shining Light is aspiring to meet practical needs and resource sustainable programs. We do this through:

Together we have established a private academy in which we provide high quality and affordable education to 375 children from troubled regions of Northern Pakistan.

In addition, we have established schools in 4 rural Gujjar villages and provide school in tents with traveling teachers to allow nomadic families to keep their children in school as they travel to the high pastures. While the Gujjars have previously been 98% illiterate, there are now over 500 children, 150 of them are girls, in school for the first time in the history of their people.

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Women’s Vocational Training:
Women from all religious backgrounds; Sunni, Shia, and Christian are coming together under one roof for our year long Women’s Vocational Training Program in which they learn how to learn how to sew, knit, and embroider. Upon graduation, women receive a sewing machine to start their own business, provide a valuable skill to their families, or obtain employment.  In the mornings, the Center is transformed into a manufacturing space where graduates from the training program are employed in a safe, secure and supportive environment to design and manufacture products for sale to local and international merchants and organizations. We have been blessed to be a part of seeing nearly 300 women graduate from the program and gain an elevated status in their growing communities.  


We believe that the only way to break the cycles of extremism and oppression in this region of the world is to equip men AND women to stand against them, and that when ALL children are educated, including the girls, entire communities are transformed.  We envision a world where light dispels darkness, hope overcomes despair, help empowers the helpless and prosperity replaces poverty making a much brighter future for many.

Join Us…We’ll be at Allume!

We could not be more excited to be joining such a powerful group of women who are using their voices and platforms as bloggers to change the world.  We recognize that to make a significant and sustainable impact in places like Pakistan, we need to gather an army.  An army of people who will stand with us and say:

YES…your little girls deserve an education.

Women are worth training and are crucial to a thriving society.

There is a hope and a future for the hurting communities of Northern Pakistan.

And we believe in you, so we will invest in you. 

We can’t wait to chat with you, hear your stories, and partner together to conquer the great justice issues of our day.  We’ll have scarves created by the women at our Life Stitch Manufacturing Center, Home Party kits to help you get started on raising awareness about girl’s education, and opportunities for you to use your blog get more girls in school in Northern Pakistan.  

Get to know us before Allume:
Hear more of our story: http://shininglight-intl.com

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speaker interview with myquillyn smith

She’s like family, this speaker from near our neck of the woods. She’s someone that you’d love to visit and take a long walk with.  She believes that the imperfections of life add to its beauty, and has become a trusted voice in far beyond just the online space.  Nester is warm, inviting, and real, and it is our honor and pleasure to welcome her back to Allume this fall.

Friend, please meet Allume family member and speaker, Myquillyn Smith, aka the Nester.

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1. What chore do you despise the most? 

I hate putting laundry away and cleaning out the car.

2. When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor? 

I chatted with my 80 year old neighbor last week when we stopped by her house, she’s delightful and cooks fried okra for us.

3. What sound do you love? 

I love the sound of a banjo.

4. If you could learn to do anything what would it be? 

I’d love to learn to paint.

5. What do you miss most about being a kid? 

I miss stalking mama cats to find their newborn kittens hidden away in random sheds in our neighborhood. (what does this say about my childhood?!)

Do you have a copy of her book The Nesting Place: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful ?  It encourages women to stop waiting for their next house and to embrace their current home because every home has a silver lining.

Or visit her  here :: Website /// Twitter /// Facebook

6 steps to growing your platform with self-publishing

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Thirty-nine. Treinta y nueve. Trente-neuf. Thelathini na tisa.

No matter how you say it, that was the number. After months of hard work and promotion, my first month of sales on my first self-published book netted me the whopping sales total of 39 copies. I wanted to give up. But I believed in the story too much. And I’m glad I didn’t quit. That little book has now reached over 8,500 people, and has been #1 on Amazon’s best seller list for books in Christian Evangelism (multiple times). Better yet, it’s helped me grow my platform and reach many new readers who I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with several authors and dozens of self-publishing projects in recent years. One particular client has about a dozen books released, and some do really well, while others flop. The crazy thing is when we think we hit on an idea that will really resonate with readers, often they flop. Meanwhile, other less scintillating e-books quietly bring in the sales, anchoring an impressive library of content.

I think where some aspiring writers fall short is by giving up too easily or not thinking enough about long-term strategy when it comes to publishing. Here’s the thing…

You should never, EVER give up on the message God has given you to share! (Tweet that!)

With that in mind, here are a few pointers which may help you maximize the reach of your message, and build your platform to share whatever it is God puts on your heart next.

(1) growing your e-mail list

Especially with a first-time author project, I usually recommend launching the book in Kindle and PDF format. We get it out there on Amazon to start selling, but the big strategic move is leveraging the project to build a mailing list. Offering the free download get’s people on your list so you can continue to share through your blog what God is putting on your heart.

More importantly, it gives you the chance to continue to market your stuff down the road. You may reach out later to tell them about special Kindle promos, the project becoming available in other formats, additional study and small group resources, and new projects you’re launching.

The ROI of email is typically higher than any other platform, so using the project to get emails should be at the foundation of your long-term publishing strategy.

(2) using the free download to promote paid sales

One of the differences between PDF and other formats of the book is that the PDF should clearly inform the reader that it’s also available on Amazon. PDF is a great way give them the content, but it’s not as convenient to read, especially on mobile devices. So letting the reader know the book is available in a more friendly format (along with the link to go purchase it) is a simple way to drive sales. Many readers will register to download the free version, start reading it, and then when they decide they like it, they’ll go buy it in the more convenient format.

(3) switching to kdp select

Whenever I do the free download, I usually do it for a limited time. The length of time depends on how well it’s driving email subscribers for you. Then at some point you’ll want to pull it down and switch to a Kindle-only strategy for the e-book. Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has a program called KDP Select. The idea is that when you enroll your book into KDP Select, you are committing to at least 90 days of it being exclusive (in electronic format) to Amazon.

In return, you’ll get some sweet benefits. One is that it can be made available to Amazon Prime members in the lending library. They get it for “free” as part of their membership, but the author still gets paid a cut of the fund Amazon dedicates to participating books. Sometimes, you even get paid more than the sales price of the book!

Then there’s also the opportunity to stimulate sales with a discounted or free promotion.

(4) using free kindle downloads to increase paid sales

One of the most important factors of success on Amazon is understanding the Amazon ecosystem. You can certainly promote your stuff to the people who already follow you, but your goal is to gain new audience by getting your work in front of people who don’t know you. There are some key triggers in Amazon that will lead to your book being found. One is the reviews, especially by those with a “verified purchase”. The other is getting into the “customers who bought this also bought” rotation for other books.

The KDP Select program allows you to offer 5 days of free download every 90 day enrollment period. You should use every single one in every single enrollment period!

The math is simple. The more people who get the book in their hands (with a verified purchase), the more likely you are to get reviews on the book. Additionally, when an Amazon customer gets your book for free, they’re still “buying” it. Their purchase price was $0.00, but they still bought the book, which makes it part of their purchase history, which means it’ll build up sales to become part of that “customers who bought this” rotation for other books those readers have purchased.

I regularly see that when we’re not doing free promos, paid sales dip. And when we do the promos, paid sales rise.

(5) never stop selling it

This one is tricky, but it gets down to this question… How much do you believe in the message God has put on your heart? If the answer is “a lot,” then you won’t give up on it. And selling doesn’t have to be an annoying thing. Often it can be done simply by talking about milestones. I’ll share on social media when one of my books hits the top of a sales chart, or when I get a review that fires me up…

I’ve just seem too many examples of books going completely against the traditional sales spike in the first 60-90 days from launch to think that we should stop telling a certain story after sales settle. In fact, I’ve seen sales rise substantially after 6 months or a year on the market. But it won’t rise if you give up on it.

(6) never stop creating new content

If you’re a writer, then chances are you’re not going to be done writing after you got that one project out. In fact, you probably can’t imagine NOT writing. So keep it up! Keep working on new projects. This is another simple math deal. The more publishing projects you have out there, then more potential “entry points” you have for someone to discover your writing, and to connect with everything else you do. Some will hit big, and some won’t. So just keep moving forward with this as part of your regular writing strategy.

Set a goal for yourself. Maybe it’s one new e-book every 3-6 months. Just set a schedule and commit to it, just like you do with your other (daily?) blogging.

last thought…

Here’s the key to all of this. Too often writers look at getting something published as an end goal. We work to get published so that one day we can make money from our craft. Wrong. We write because we have something to communicate, we have a story to tell. And self-publishing is one of the tools that can be used to help you do that. It also happens to be one that could generate income. More importantly, it’s a tool you can use to share ideas and whatever God puts on your heart. If you approach self-publishing with a solid strategy to guide you, then you can substantially expand the reach of your voice.


Giving a hearty welcome to Zondervan today!



I wanted to quit the internet again today.

Surely, you’ve had these days, too. Right? Where the dialogue over the controversy du jour has reached fever pitch and everyone is screaming at everyone in 140 characters or less? You know what I’m talking about. And it’s REALLY easy to get sucked in. I did for about five minutes, but then I closed the lid on my laptop and walked away slowly. As soon as the laptop shut, it felt like the muscles in my chest released, I took a deep breath and could pull my shoulders back. Even my posture when observing internet battles is defeating.

This week, it was a Supreme Court ruling. Tomorrow, it could be a careless tweet or blog post from a famous pastor. Or maybe an off-color remark from a celebrity. It’s always something, it’s always loud, and it’s always exhausting.

I don’t want to suggest that productive dialogue can’t happen in social media. Surely not. I think some of the best and most thoughtful conversations and commentary are happening online these days. But for some reason, our screens provide us with a false sense of anonymity and security, both of which seems to give the illusion that we have carte blanche to say whatever we want, however we want. We forget that behind the screens, there are real people with real emotions and most importantly, real stories that inform those closely-held opinions.

None of us are immune to our own experience. We all have rose-colored glasses on, and when it comes to any host of issues, none of us are truly “objective.” Our stories – everything that we’ve been through in our lives – directly informs our opinions, politics and theology. The problem with the sound-bite culture of the internet is that there’s very little space to explain and understand each other’s stories in their full context.

This is where blogging, along with events like Allume, come in.

Blogging is sort of a funky platform. It’s got all the draws of the fast-paced culture of the internet (nobody likes to read 1500 word blog posts, am I right?), but it provides space for more nuance and dialogue, in a way that Twitter and Facebook can’t. Rather than 140 characters, you’ve got around 1,000 words to paint a picture, give context and most importantly, be vulnerable with people around the world in an instant. The blog can be on of the most powerful & effective places for you and others to tell and listen to each others’ stories.

Because really, that’s what it all boils down to. Our stories. It’s the stuff we’re all made of, the thread that runs through each of us. We all have a story. We’ve heard a lot about Story lately, it’s a pretty big buzzword in Christian culture these days. But I think it’s become popular because it’s actually really important. When we start being vulnerable and honest with the people around us (yes, even on the internet!) with the things we’ve been through, the ways we fail, the way Jesus has shaped us, it simply opens up the door for someone else to say, “Hey, me too!”

The culture of the internet has worked like a vacuum, violently sucking the life and humanness out of our cultural issues, out of our politics and out of our theology. They’ve become empty, hollow, full of cliché and void of empathy. By sharing and listening to each others stories, it injects the person back into the conversation. All of a sudden, we’re not just talking about a Supreme Court decision anymore, we’re talking about an actual person that was affected. It changes the game entirely.

I think it’s time for us to start changing the game in a big way. As you start to prepare for your time at Allume, I pray that you would be given a new sense of bravery and vulnerability. I pray that you would begin to write with a little more gusto, a little more power, a little more courage.

I pray that bravery gives you the courage to share pieces of yourself that could open the door for someone else to walk through and say, “Hey, me too!” And during your time at Allume, I pray that you are equipped to tell your stories in prophetic new ways.

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Nish Weiseth is an author, storyteller, speaker, advocate, and trouble maker with a serious Dr. Pepper addiction and affinity for Texas barbecue. She’s amazing at talking about herself in the third person. It makes her feel important. Her first book, “Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World” is being published by Zondervan and will be released in August of 2014. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two kids.


Let’s Be Friends: 3 Ways to Connect with a Christian Publisher {Giveaway!}


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I’ve fallen in love in Ireland. I’ve rocked orphans in South Africa. I’ve felt the earth quake beneath my feet in Haiti. It’s amazing where books can take you and so far this year Ambassador International titles have transported me to some amazing places, opening my eyes to God’s story around the world.

Our company’s story starts nearly 35 years ago, in the dream of a young father in Northern Ireland who imagined magnifying Christ and promoting His gospel by publishing books. At its core, Samuel Lowry’s vision for Ambassador International was always to create products that would strengthen believers in their walk with Him and direct the lost to the way of salvation. Now we have offices in the US and Northern Ireland, distribution partners on four continents and our books are in the hands of readers around the world.

Ambassador International is excited to take part in the upcoming Allume conference, held right in our beautiful community of Greenville, South Carolina. Just as the goal of Allume is to help kindred spirits connect, learn and grow, Ambassador International is always looking for new partners who share our mission of using God-given talents to further the Great Commission. Here are three ways you may be interested in getting involved with us:

1. Apply for the Ambassador Blogger Review Team: Our blogger review team has grown to include hundreds of bloggers and we’re always looking for more people to join. Whether you’re interested in discovering the next great Christian novel or reviewing our latest cookbook, we’re searching for people who love to read and who love to tell others about what they’re reading. It’s a great way to score free books just for sharing your honest opinion. You can apply at http://ambassador-international.com/about/blogger-sign-up/.

2. Submit Your Manuscript. Do you have a dream of becoming a published author? Ambassador makes it easy for writers to submit manuscripts by visiting http://ambassador-international.com/getwepublished/submission-guidelines/. We work directly with new authors regularly and welcome the opportunity to discuss your project.

3. Stay Connected. We’d love to keep you posted about our weekly $.99 ebook sales, promotions and giveaways. We’ll even give you a free ebook just for signing up for our email list. Visit our website to get a free copy of Treasure of Daily Devotions.

Speaking of giveaways, to celebrate our first experience sponsoring the amazing Allume conference, we’re giving away a selection of brand new Ambassador books. One random winner will receive a library of Ambassador titles including:


  • Hot Chocolate in June, the true story of an accountant-turned-adventurer who finds faith and love in South Africa.
  • Declutter Now Study Guide, an 8-week journey for clearing clutter in all areas of life, from closets to careers, finances to feelings.
  • To Comfort a King, an unforgettable fictional story of the little-known woman in the Bible called to comfort King David.
  • Beauty From Ashes, the heart-wrenching eyewitness account of the 2010 Haiti earthquake from an orphanage worker and the 152 children in her care.
  • A Memory Worth Dying For, a nail-biting thriller that follows Marti Rushing’s attempt to stay a step ahead of her stalker.

To enter, leave a comment telling us which of those books sounds most intriguing to you! And win or lose, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with you online or at the Allume Conference.

Fine Print:

Please be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Giveaway will end Friday at 11:59 EST.

speaker interview with carey bailey

Our friend and speaker, Carey Bailey is no stranger to most of you, but if you haven’t met her.. well, we just have to change that!  Carey is our Allume Creative Director, but before that she is a wife, mom, friend, and talented Life Coach.  Carey combines her expertise in life coaching with a passion for encouraging and inspiring women to live full lives to the glory of the Lord.  She is generous, kind, honest, and brings a real wisdom to Allume on how to make the most of this life that we are living!

Allume Family, enjoy getting to know Carey Bailey!

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1. What was your favorite food as a kid?

Melted cheese on a flour tortilla with a side of home cooked pinto beans in a tea cup with a dash of salt. Mmmmmm…the memories flooding me are so good right now.

2. What chore do you despise the most?

Laundry. I worked outside of the home till this last year and my sweet husband did the laundry for the first 7 years of our marriage. Now that I am working in the home I took on the laundry. IT.HAS.NO.END!!!!

3. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

To play the drums. Like for real. Being a drummer in a cool chick rock band is on my dreams list.

 4. What do you do with 30 minutes of free time?

Really? 30 mins. What can you do in 30 minutes? I guess I would organize something. One of my priorities for the year is to have an organized life. I find if I give myself a small amount of time to tackle just one thing a week it pays off.

5. What would the dream birthday present be?

A trip. Give me an experience over a physical gift any day! Now what kind of trip is hard to say. I would take a week at Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, a cruise , a weekend of shows and sightseeing in NYC, or give me a staycation in Phoenix. It is all good!

 6. What is something new you learned last week?

I learned you can take the outside of a Clarisonic brush off and just use the inside to get into the hard to get a spots real good! I was excited!

7. What do you miss most about being a kid?

I miss doing Science Fair projects. I love the learning side of it but I mostly loved creating the presentation board and table. My favorite one was in the 4th grade when I figuring out why you are right side up on one side the spoon and upside down on the other side of a spoon. Do you know why?

8. What are your 5 favorite books?
Harry Potter Series (that counts as 1, right?)
True Faced – John Lynch
Dangerous Wonder – Mike Yaconelli
Revolutionary Parenting – George Barna
ANYTHING Henri Nouwen


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