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That's where Wil Tustin has been for a couple weeks and where he was reached by email (despite the internet being "hard to find" and "spotty") before his book-signing in Memphis on March 2nd.

Brazil, Columbia, and Peru: Those are the countries Tustin's been visiting as a board member of the Memphis nonprofit Orphanos, which serves 20 orphanages across the globe, five of them in South America.

But we're here to talk about Ambushed, Tustin's new novel, which concerns the life of the Apostle Paul. It's a story that follows Paul from childhood to persecutor of Christians to conversion to being persecuted as a Christian, and, according to the author, the story all started with the author's own life-changing event: a life-threatening illness.

"My medication had side effects of depression and suicide," Tustin said in his email. "So I wanted to study someone who had overcome adversities in his life. I did a self-study on Paul. And after reading endless books on him and his life in the 1st century, I decided to write a book on Paul that tells his story in a first-person narrative."

And as Tustin adds in a press release for his book: "We are all ambushed by life at some point. I hope that through sharing Paul's ultimate triumph over his challenges, others will see hope for themselves."

For more on Ambushed, go to the author's website. Be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood on Saturday, March 2nd, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., which is where and when Wil Tustin — a former economics professor and today a principal with Federated Investors in Memphis — will be discussing and signing copies of Ambushed.

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