The Road to Recovery
Searching for Salvation
The war on drugs is on life support, addiction to drugs and alcohol rages on and tens of millions (addicts, families and friends) are desperate for help. Recovery too often circles back to relapse. And so it goes, recovery~ relapse, recovery~ relapse.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, Searching for Salvation is a book of hope and encouragement for addicts and their families and friends. It’s also for all the rest of us on the Recovery Road for the problems (trials and tribulations) we face each day. The reality is that we are all on a road to recovery of some sort and we are all searching for our version of a better place, for salvation as in a sure passage to heaven or perhaps salvation as in doing God’s work every day and having the peace, joy and contentment He intends. The book contains over 60 original contemporary paintings that include either scripture or inspirational writings. It also has occasional comments about being an addict, life on the recovery road and how difficult it is to push on only to relapse. Believing in God figures prominently in the observations. There is a hard edge to some comments as the life of an addict demands it. The process of becoming and remaining clean and sober is a perilous journey.
How to Order:
This book is being distributed free of charge to men and women in Christian Recovery throughout the country. It’s for anyone who is hurting or unsure about who they are and where they going, certainly for the family and friends of those suffering from the disease of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Proceeds received from the sale of the book and any donations made to Patrick’s Art Ministry will be used to buy additional books for men and women in recovery. We do all this in His name, thank you Lord!
Books cost $25 each.
Please send checks or money orders to:
Patrick’s Art Ministry
96 Genoes Point Road
Supply, NC 28462
Free shipping on all orders~ Rocky Atkinson 704.574.0521
To order larger quantities or make a donation, please contact me
Director of the National Association of Christian Recovery
Lantz Professor of Preaching, Emeritus, Yale Divinity School;
Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
Patrick Atkinson was a professional artist working exclusively with Grand Image in Seattle, WA until his passing in 2012 at the age of thirty-three. His artwork was sold at Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Ethan Allen, and is in private and corporate collections throughout the USA. It’s also in hotels (The Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco), on luxury yachts, in exclusive department stores (Nordstrom’s), and in major hospitals, the film industry and fine restaurants everywhere. His artwork is available through Grand Image.
Patrick’s father, Rocky Atkinson, wrote the comments and observations unless credited elsewhere. After Patrick’s death, Rocky and his wife’s lives changed forever. He has spent the past 5 years working with men suffering from the disease of addiction to drugs and alcohol at a Christ based recovery center and serving as an advisor, teacher, mentor and friend to over 300 residents.
Out of Harm's Way
The Lord will keep you from all harm~
He will watch over your life.
- Psalm 121: 7 NIV
Between You and GOD
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best and you may find it is never enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and GOD.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
- Mother Teresa
The man had it all, but greed and love of material wealth robbed him of happiness and jeopardized his salvation.
The problem wasn’t owning much but rather being owned by much. He risked eternal life, which can never be lost,
to hold on to that which can never be kept.
And was left with an emptiness
that could not be filled with pleasures and worldly pursuits.
For what will it profit a man
if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
- Matthew 16:26 ESV
The summer sun peeks over the sea’s horizon. Another day begins.
A golden glow explodes about me
as the world is set into motion.
The road to recovery has brought me here
to witness this glorious awakening~
to be reminded of fresh starts, second chances,
and life’s abundance.
I am humbled and thankful
for His morning caress.
The Secret of Contentment
I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
- Philippians 4:12-13 NIV