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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983319677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983319672
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home brings hope and comfort to the families left behind when a loved one is deployed. — Gina Holmes, bestselling author of Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain. Edie Melson, author/editor, presents an honest, helpful book for those with family members serving in the military. She writes from experience and with heart, having faced the fear and anxiety that comes with having a family member overseas. — Alton Gansky, author. Few life events can be more unsettling than sending a loved one off to war. This book captures so vividly the fear, doubts and anxiety that go along with deployment, but more than that, each devotion leaves no doubt as to God's presence with us in the midst of it all.— Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist. Touches the heart. Nurtures the soul.— Jack Cavanaugh, novelist.

About the Author

Edie is a freelance writer and editor with over 16 years experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, publishing over 700 articles in 2010. As a sought after writing instructor, she helps others define and reach their dreams. Edie also serves as Co-Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Southwest Christian Writers Studio. Married 30 years to husband, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

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Edie Melson is a leading professional in the writing industry. She's a sought after writing instructor; and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She's the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.

She's a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is a regular contributor on the popular Novel Rocket and Inspire a Fire websites, as well as social media mentor for My Book Therapy and the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine.

In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has recently been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.

Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie's heart project. This devotional book for those with family members in the military debuted on Veterans Day, 2011.

Look for her two newest books for military families debuting in January 2014: While My Son Serves and While My Husband Serves.

She's a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including Blue Star Mothers, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

Edie has been married to high school sweetheart, Kirk, for 30+ years and they've raised three sons. You can also connect with Edie on Twitter - @EdieMelson and Facebook.

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This book is a great road map towards choosing faith over fear mentally and spiritually.
Renee' Shuping Cassidy
If you love a soldier, or love someone who does, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle is a must read.
LHB
It should only be retired to the bookshelf when their loved one is back sitting around that table having morning coffee!
Dianne Guthmuller

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vonda Skelton on November 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Only those who've sent a loved one off to war can truly understand the fear, confusion, and battle that take place on the home front. In "Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle," author Edie Melson poignantly paints a picture of the internal war between fear and peace, weakness and strength, doubt and faith. With devotions from Edie's own experiences, as well as contributions from others who've walked similar paths, this book is a must-read for every loved one left behind...holding down the fort at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By salt shakers for him on March 17, 2012
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"Fighting Fear" is as it says... fighting fear. This book at first glance seems to address families/friends with traditional soldiers facing battles in other countries. But in actuality, its an incredible book for anyone... as we are all soldiers on a fierce spiritual battlefield. Melson writes with frankness, truth and boldness as she weaves the reality of battles and fears we all face, whether traditionally or spiritually, and shares how to combat it with faith, courage and trust.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teri Honaker on January 14, 2012
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As a mom from a recently made, first-generation military family, I hung on every word of this easy to read book that walks one through the ins and outs of those military families that went before us. Nothing can replace the experience and comfort these forerunners bring to the table to those that need the understanding and encouragement for such a time as this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Guthmuller on March 17, 2012
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I met Edie Melson at the Christian Devotions, 2012 Writers Advance Boot Camp. When I heard her story I knew I had to read her book. Although I've never had a husband, son, or brother deployed, I lived close Eglin A.F.B., FL and meet people everyday who are in the "waiting room," waiting, hoping, and praying that their loved one comes home safely. I've always felt I had compassion and empathy for them, but "Fighting Fear" helped me to feel their pain at the heart level. This book is a great resource for those who minister to the military.

As I read "Fighting Fear" I kept thinking, EVERY military family needs this book on their kitchen table. It should only be retired to the bookshelf when their loved one is back sitting around that table having morning coffee!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PatsyCostner on March 13, 2012
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What fears do you face? Fear can be crippling if you you do not meet it head on, face-to-face. My friend, Edie Melson, in her book, Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home helped me to understand the feelings and emotions felt by the families who have experienced loved ones leaving for war. I will never forget the look of fear on Bethany's face when she received the call that her husband was leaving the states. If only I had read Fighting Fear, then I would have known how to comfort her, pray for her, and minister to her in more meaningful and productive ways. However, I could have helped her more by sharing a copy of this book with her.

Edie Melson understands this fear, after saying good-by to her son as he left for military, but she also knows Jesus Christ, the one, who was victorious over fear. Her intimate relationship with Jesus, gave her the courage and strength to face fear. Through these faith stories, she has inspired me to a closer walk with God. She has also inspired me to find ways to show our military men and women that we appreciate their sacrificial efforts.

I do not have a military son, so I cannot begin to fully understand the hurt, loneliness, and fear that comes as someone sends their loved one into battle. However, I do have a son, a pastor, who frequently goes into life-threatening situations and I fear for his life. Fear is fear regardless the source; military, police duty, dangerous missions, drugs and/or alcohol, or any other addiction that seems life life threatening.

I face my own kind of fear. It is true that fear can be our greatest enemy. Regardless the fear, the same prescription can be used to diffuse it. Battle is a personal thing. If we are in the midst of battle we must take personal action in order to survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia L. Moston on March 11, 2012
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In Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, Edie Melson draws us close to the only safe place a mother can go as she watches her son leave for war: the heart of God. Through her stories and prayers, as well as those of her contributors,Edie encourages families who have loved ones in the war zones.

With the insight of things eternal, as she watches her son dress for for war, she "sees" the realtity of the biblical description of how to prepare for war.

Your soldier family and friends will be encouraged and uplifted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Qualls Freeman on March 1, 2012
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Edie Melson's book, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is a reminder of the trauma imposed on families who have a loved one serving in the military.
Not only does Melson's book offer encouragement and hope to the families of those in combat, it reveals to those who are exempt that we can offer support to those families.
Not only did I admire the unselfish strength of the soldiers, the stories revealed the courage and faith of the families who send their loved one into danger.
Military moms, wives, and others will find strength through the transparency of those who share remembrances of how they fought past fear and found peace. Phyllis Qualls Freeman
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