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On a lonely New Year's night in Seattle, Washington, Thomas Fisher's life changes forever. His world collapses, his dreams lay shattered, and the only place he has to turn is to the pain within his own heart. That is, until he receives his letter from God. † † † Fourteen years earlier and over a thousand miles away, God’s plan for Thomas Fisher’s life is set in motion when Susan Trotter, a soon-to-be single mother, receives her own letter from God. It arrives unexpectedly and carries with it a frightful message. Go get your son from school. She feels the power of God's command, she senses the weight of the moment, and she knows what she SHOULD do. Yet, she hesitates. Work beckons, duty calls, and in the end, she concedes to the pull of her job, ignoring the tug of the Holy Spirit. Only a few hours later, the consequences of her choice lay in the hands of God as her son clings to life after a horrific school bus accident. Can she trust a God who took her mother from her so many years before? Will she trust a God who wants to take her son from her as well? † † † In this stunning, debut novel, one of America's up-and-coming, new voices looks at the boundless nature of God's providence, while effortlessly depicting the limitless scope of His love. The Letters shows us, God’s children, that all things do indeed work for the good of those who love Him and that even in the face of tragedy, all He wants from us is our total trust and faith in Him. In the end, each recipient of God’s letters unknowingly plays a role in the larger story unfolding thousands of miles away, a story so heart-wrenching, yet so hopeful, only God could have written it.
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I came to know Jesus Christ on April 23, 2000. It was Easter Sunday, and I was sitting in my car, alone, in an empty parking lot at an old elementary school. Why I was at that specific place, I have no idea. Why it happened on Easter Sunday, I have no idea. And, why God chose to reveal Himself to me that spring day, I have no idea. But, what I do know is that I was sitting there, at what was probably the lowest emotional point I had ever known, crying tears of pain, tears of sorrow, tears of anguish, and tears of desperation. I had grown accustomed to solving my own problems, fixing my own mistakes, taking life by the horns, and doing, doing, doing. All on my own. I grew up with that message, that what I wanted to accomplish, I could, if I would just try hard enough, work long enough, and believe in myself enough. It was all up to me. I just had to be good enough. At that point though, in that lonely car, on that lonely Easter, I had come to realize that all I was doing, all I was trying, all I believed about myself wasn't enough. And, not only was it not enough, it wasn't even close. In fact, as I sat there, gripping the steering wheel in emotional agony, I realized that anything I was doing in my life to try to fix things was actually meaningless. God didn't want that from me. He wanted me to rely on Him. He wanted me to turn to Him. He wanted me to trust Him. He allowed my "self" to be broken down so far that there basically was only a tiny remnant of it left, if even that. I couldn't turn to it anymore because it didn't exist. I couldn't rely on it anymore because it was gone. I had to turn somewhere, and in that car, I cried out to God, I cried out for help, and I cried out for love. And, God answered. . . he answered with His Son, my Lord Jesus Christ. I felt Christ enter my body, I felt Christ enter my heart, and I felt Christ enter my soul that day. It was a physical sensation that I will remember til my last breath. It covered me in warmth, it covered me in peace and hope, and it covered me in clarity. At that moment, I knew the truth. God was real, I was a sinner, and I couldn't get to God by doing, doing, doing. Christ was the answer. The Letters is God's story, not mine. The Letters is every human's story. We all need God, we all need redemption, and we all need Christ. I ask that as you read the novel, you remember your place in God's heart. I ask that you remember that He loves you, compassionately, justly, and unconditionally. He is love, and He gave His Son to us because of that love. If you are a Christian, perhaps this novel will remind you of the power, beauty, purity, and grace of the moment you turned your life over to Christ. If you are not a Christian, perhaps this novel will reveal to you the smallness of our own beings and the enormity of God. Perhaps it will reveal to you the undying love that God has for each of us and the ways He works in our lives and the lives of people everywhere to bring us to Him. As Proverbs tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . ." God Bless.Review:
Sean Hanzelik takes us into the shadows and gives us a glimpse of the Light. --Dr. William E. Owens, pastor, Ridgedale Baptist Church
The Letters is a timely, relevant novel for an era in which events seem increasingly random. --Kelly Skillen, PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc.
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Book Description ASH Books, Inc., 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11097689890X
Book Description ASH Books, Inc., 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M097689890X