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Season of Peace Devotional Paperback – April 1, 2002
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From the Publisher
For more than half of his life, Russell Pond battled crippling anxiety and panic attacks. As the fear grew stronger, Russell's world grew smaller. Agoraphobia had set in, making the simple things of life--like driving and sleeping--monumental tasks.
In his quest for peace, Russell decided to give God a chance. If anyone could free him from this debilitating fear, surely God could. And so the search began. Initially he sought that one-time, spiritual zap that would forever free his mind, but it never came. His journey to the Promised Land of Peace would take time. During that season of searching, he pressed through the storms of fear and confusion, and he began teaching others about this Promised Land of Peace.
In 1996, Russell posted his story on a secular website that provided resources to those with anxiety and panic attacks. Russell's story was unique because it focused on faith, not just medication and therapy techniques. After meeting some Internet friends, he started writing online devotions for Christians battling this condition.
As his Internet mailing list grew, it became obvious to Russell that there was serious need for Christian ministry in this area. For many who could not leave their home because of fear, the Internet was their only link with the outside world.
Over the past four years, the Season of Peace ministry has grown tremendously. This non-profit organization has recently published its first book, a compilation of devotions called Season of Peace Devotional.
What started out as a couple emails a week from fellow strugglers quickly grew to over 100 emails a week. Today, the website receives about 3,500 visitors a month. About 1,700 people receive a weekly, email devotion each Sunday. The Season of Peace website now has a chat room, message board, bookstore and resource center, all of which is working 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, to minister hope and peace to those bound by crippling anxiety and fear.
From the Author
These stories of hope and encouragement are birthed out of my experiences with fear and anxiety. For most of my life, fear and anxiety have been cruel taskmasters, telling me where to go, what to do and how to respond. Many of you may know this master too well.
But there is hope. I really believe that with all of my heart. For the past few years, I've experienced real peace, true peace--peace that comes from deep within my soul. My life has just exploded with opportunities, ambitions, dreams and hopes--all of which have been buried by years of self-medication and self-coping techniques.
I am completely convinced that peace is possible for all who seek it. This devotional is my walk of faith through the fires of fear.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him" (Romans 15:13).
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Top Customer Reviews
I've struggled with anxiety for 20+ years. The severity of it rises and falls during different seasons of my life.
This last year has been a particularly rough one, which is what led me searching for christian resources and ultimately to this book.
I have never heard someone else describe their anxiety and panic attacks to be so similar to my own ( that alone has brought me great comfort). But the best part about this is his gentle tone of writing and his ability to point out the different facets of anxiety and how each one can be handled from a Christian perspective.
I highly recommend this devotional!
Panic disorder IS REAL... the church has for too long been ignorant to this and thus, been misguiding those who come to her for help and leaving them under a cloud of confusion and condemnation. Yes, fear is a demonic spirit ~ yes, fear is the opposite of faith ~ yes, perfect love casts out fear ~ no, God did NOT give us a spirit of fear, etc... BUT anxiety and panic disorder cannot be just "wished away"!
Russell does a wonderful job of not only explaining this disorder, but relating his own real-life experiences and applying spiritual truths straight from God's Word!
The "Points to Ponder" at the end of each day's devotional make a great, soul-searching self-assessment tool.
The prayers that Russell has concluded each devotion with are great jumpstarts to communing with our Father, which is from where our healing and help truly and ultimately come!
I highly recommend this book to those of you who have ever suffered with any type of anxiety/panic issue, AND to those of you who love someone who does!
This book has helped me with my own anxiety to know that others feel the same thing I do and that - with God - I can get past this. It is not an overnight fix, but spending time with God makes the anxious feelings go away.
Hope you find your peace in this stormy life.