Title: If You Find This Letter
Author: Hannah Brencher
Publisher: Howard Books
“It took loneliness to make the first couple of love letters come out of me, to realize something so much bigger than what I thought was just my own loneliness: we’ve never really been alone. Maybe lonely, but never alone,” Hannah Brencher writes in her memoir, If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers.
This two hundred and seventy-two page hardbound targets those interested in reading an autobiography of an unpretentious woman who reached out to others to find her true self. Beginning with a note from the author, the book ends with a call to promote or join her website outreach (www.moreloveletters.com). With no profanity, the topics of suicide, death, and loneliness may not be appropriate for immature readers. The focus of the book is for twenty-something-year-olds but may be appreciated by those seasoned with life’s hard knocks and relatable past experiences.
Writer, national speaker, and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, author Brencher graduated from Assumption College and is named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good.”
In this account written in first person, twenty-six-year-old author Brencher is dedicated to showing others how much she cares by having written over four hundred personal love letters of encouragement, mostly to complete strangers.
After graduating college, she decided to do a year of volunteer work. Living in New York, loneliness and depression grasped hold of her, making her desperate to belong; she felt inadequate and awkward, wanting more out of life while having an ongoing battle with God. One day on a train ride, “the girl just trying to find her way” wrote a love letter to an unknown commuter, yet never had the opportunity to deliver it.
Her addiction to letter-writing to the heartbreak and lonely people accelerated when she realized life was not all about her, but about God and His grace, while losing the fixation to control and desire to be important. As letters were left wherever she traveled, her mailbox and email exploded with requests from six continents. With the ultimate task of writing to the Almighty, Brencher found her path to happiness by loving others through handwritten notes.
With the book being the story of her letter-writing journey with quirky, emotional, and sometimes self-absorbing rants and raves, it challenges not only millennialists to concentrate on helping others, emotionally-weathered individuals will wonder how they can aid in her cause.
The Bible (KJV) states in Romans 8:39, “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” There is everlasting hope that no matter where we are in life, we are always loved by God.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Howard Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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