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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983319677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983319672
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vonda Skelton on November 6, 2011
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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 LHB on January 18, 2012
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Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle addresses the battle on the home front. How do you go about your life when your husband or child or parent is half a world away and in constant danger?

Edie Melson knows.

She watched her oldest son leave for Iraq. Twice. She spent many nights clutching her Bible and pounding the gates of heaven as only a mother can. She writes from an honest heart. Sometimes with humor and sometimes with raw emotion. There's no attempt to gloss over the challenges experienced by the families of the deployed.

But there is so much hope.

From the stories of now grown children of WWII servicemen to spouses of 20+ year career military personnel, a beautiful picture of God's faithfulness emerges. We see prayers answered, relationships restored, and challenges met.

From the hearts of mothers, wives, and daughters we see irrefutable evidence that God cares. He knows the battle is being fought on both fronts and He is the only One who can be in both places. He is the Constant. He is the Peace.

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. It belongs on the bedside table of every spouse, parent, child, or sibling of our soldiers in harm's way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Parker on December 10, 2011
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A mother is a mom, no matter how big her children grow. When those grown children are far away from home, she still is concerned. When they are in a war zone, the mom feelings ramp up a heightened state of alert. Edie Melson does a splendid job of facing those fears--naming those runaway emotions--in Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home. Every day occurrences in a soldier's life (and their families) become the foundation for devotionals, not to deny the fears or emotions, but to recognize there are answers and those answers come from God. It touches all moms because the fears are the same for all of us.

I leaned against the kitchen counter to thumb through a couple of chapters. I found myself there still two hours later. Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home is that good.Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle
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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 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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