196th out of 227 books — 126 voters
Letters from War: A Novel
Platinum-selling Christian music artist Mark Schultz pens a novella based on his award-winning song “Letters from War,” about a mother’s unwavering hope, courage, and steadfast prayers.Every night, Natalie leaves the front porch light on. Just in case. It’s been two years since her son, James, went missing while saving the life of a fellow paratrooper in his division. Nata...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Howard Books
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Nov 11, 2011 Kathleen (Kat) Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
The soldier wrestles to write words he knows will be his last. He searches his heart, trying to find what he wants to say. After so many letters, this one needs to count. This one needs to last. There is no one definitive sentence or theme he needs to write. Yet he wants his family to know that he will always be there, that he will always love them. Just because he is gone doesn't mean he has left them. There is so much he wants to say. Things to share. About the places he's seen, the journey he...more
I’m thankful to have received a review copy of such a moving and tender novel. Beth’s son, James, goes off to serve his country just like his father did. The only thing James’ mom requested of him was that he writes her “real” letters, not emails. Beth says, “Emails can easily be lost. All with an errant click of a mouse or a press of a button.... but to discard a letter, you have to physically throw it away, something she’s been unable to do ever since getting the first letter. Words are differ...more
This is a hard review to write simply because of the topic of this book. I just want it to be known that I admire the men and women who serve our country; I admire their families and appreciate the many sacrifices made on my behalf. With that being said, this book was very difficult to get through. I found myself skipping over pages because I just couldn't get into it. I am unable to put my finger on exactly what was lacking in this book for me. The relationship dynamics just didn't jive with me...more
In reading this book it made me realize the many freedoms I take for granted. How many days pass in which no thought or concern is given to the brave men and women that are serving our country and prtecting our freedoms. How many days pass with no thought of the families they leave behind. I have a better understanding of the friends I have who have had sons who have done tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope I will find ways to show a greater support. Letters to War is also a book about...more
James is a young soldier, missing in action in Afghanistan. Britt is his wife, missing him being away from home. Natalie is his mother, who cannot and will not give up on the idea that he will be found alive. She even continues to write letters to him daily, hoping they will catch up with him eventually. The letters in this story are from James to his mother and to his wife, and from his mother to him. They are all tender and touching. This book gives an inside look at what women go through when...more
I am a fan of Thrasher's books and this one did not disappoint. Although I am not familiar with the song the book is based on, I really enjoyed this book - I love the back and forth of the letters in among the compelling story. Page 258 had me crying (darn you, Travis Thrasher!). A story of hope and faith and believing.