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Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.” -- From the Prologue, Called for Life

Called-For-Life-3DKENT AND AMBER BRANTLY ARE ON TOUR! [book tour info]

Just months after Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Liberia with his wife, Amber, and their two children, the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa. Kent and his colleagues began to fight one of the most horrifying, incurable diseases on earth, only to see patient after patient die. Then, after six weeks of intense battle to help others survive, Kent woke up one July morning with a fever.
Three days later his diagnosis was confirmed: Ebola. Kent knew his life was at stake. He also knew Amber, family members, and friends were praying desperately. What he didn’t know was that his case would make international headlines as he was evacuated to Atlanta, becoming the first person with Ebola ever treated in the United States. He didn’t know he would be the center of a media firestorm of debate, questions, and fears. And he didn’t know that his faith would inspire people around the world to trust in a faithful God.

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.

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Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"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! "
Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author
Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author
"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."
Nancy Writebol, SIM missionary to Liberia and fellow Ebola survivor
Nancy Writebol, SIM missionary to Liberia and fellow Ebola survivor
“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.”
Lisa Hensley, virologist and deputy director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Integrated Research Facility
Lisa Hensley, virologist and deputy director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Integrated Research Facility
“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.”
Dr. Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker
Dr. Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker
“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.”
David McRay, MD, professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine
David McRay, MD, professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine
“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.”
Rick Sacra, MD, SIM missionary
Rick Sacra, MD, SIM missionary
“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.”
Randy Harris, spiritual director and instructor, Abilene Christian University
Randy Harris, spiritual director and instructor, Abilene Christian University
“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.”
Jonathan Storment, preaching minister at the Highland Church of Christ and co- author of Bringing Heaven to Earth
Jonathan Storment, preaching minister at the Highland Church of Christ and co- author of Bringing Heaven to Earth
“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.”
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations
“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.”

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About the Authors

Kent Brantly

Kent Brantly

KENT AND AMBER BRANTLY ARE ON TOUR! [book tour info]

Dr. Kent Brantly is a Family Medicine physician who served as a medical missionary at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, from October 2013 to August 2014. Dr. Brantly received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Maternal Child Health with Advanced Training in Obstetrics at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to entering medical school, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Text from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

After arriving in Liberia, Dr. Brantly served as a full spectrum family physician, practicing inpatient and outpatient medicine and pediatrics as well as high risk obstetrics. He also served as the physician liaison for the HIV treatment program at ELWA hospital and participated in training with the National AIDS Control Program.

While serving in Liberia in the spring of 2014, Dr. Brantly found himself fighting on the front lines of the battle against the deadliest Ebola outbreak to ever occur. In early July Samaritan's Purse, the organization for which Dr. Brantly worked, took over responsibility for the clinical care of Ebola patients for the entire nation of Liberia. Dr. Brantly was appointed as Medical Director for what would become the only Ebola Treatment Unit in all of southern Liberia. On July 26, he was diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease, which set off a firestorm of media attention. Dr. Brantly became the first person in the world to receive the experimental drug Zmapp, and the first person with Ebola to be treated in the United States when he was evacuated to Emory University Hospital. He now feels it his privilege and duty to speak out on behalf of the people of West Africa who continue to suffer from the scourge of Ebola.

Dr. Brantly now holds the position of Medical Missions Advisor for Samaritan's Purse.

Amber Brantly

Amber Brantly

Amber Joy Brantly attended Abilene Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She and her husband, Kent, have two children, Ruby and Stephen. The Brantlys have served as missionaries in Guatemala, Haiti, Tanzania, and most recently in Liberia, where Kent worked as a family physician and obstetrician in a mission hospital, and later as medical director of an Ebola Treatment Unit when the outbreak spread to their city. As witnessed by the world, Kent contracted the disease, and through his illness, survival, recovery, and now his work to raise awareness about the plight of health care in West Africa, Amber has been a constant companion and support to Kent and their family. The Brantlys currently live in Fort Worth, Texas, and are seeking the Lord’s will about where they will serve next as ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.

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Ebola Timeline

A history of Ebola spanning almost 40 years

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In the News
Relevant Magazine Article on Dr. Kent Brantly
The Ebola Crisis Isn’t Over (RELEVANT Magazine)
In the spring of 2014, a case of Ebola popped up in West Africa. By the fall, the virus spread into one of the largest Ebola epidemics in history, leaving more than 11,000 people dead in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea...
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Kent recounts Ebola fight as both doctor and patient (PBS News Hour)
I don’t say that, oh, it was my faith that saved me, not those people. I believe God used those people to save my life, not because of my great faith. It just is. And so I give God the credit for it. But I thank all of those people, and I — I lov
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Kent and Amber on KERA Radio (NPR/Dallas)
As a doctor, Kent Brantly knew the risks of moving his family from Fort Worth to Liberia so that he could treat people infected with the Ebola virus. And when he contracted the virus himself, many Americans began...
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When Being A Good Samaritan Goes Horribly Wrong (Greta Talk)
You get a call saying your spouse, who is 5,000 miles away in a Third World country, has contracted Ebola. No, this is not a bad dream; this is reality for Amber Brantly whose husband Dr. Kent Brantly contracted the deadly disease...
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Kent and Amber Brantly Featured on ‘USA Today’
On the first call, Kent Brantly told his wife, Amber, that he had fallen sick a few days after she and their children had left their home in Liberia for a trip to the United States. He had a fever and could not work the previous day...
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What Led Kent Brantly into Heart of Ebola Epidemic? (700 Club)
One year after surviving the worst Ebola outbreak in history, missionary doctor Kent Brantly is speaking out about his experience. The epidemic killed thousands of people in West Africa, and Brantly was right in the middle of it.
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Kent & Amber Brantly on Health Talk with Dr. Manny Alvarez
Nearly a year ago, the world watched as Dr. Kent Brantly became the first American Ebola patient infected during the West African outbreak to return to the U.S. for treatment. He and his wife Amber sit down with Dr. Manny...
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Kent & Amber Interview with the ‘Christian Post’
One year after nearly losing his life in Liberia, American Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, is speaking out about why he has no regrets about serving as a medical missionary in the West African nation.
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To download the prologue to Kent and Amber's book, Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic, click here [pdf].

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