ore Love Letters is a part of my life. I share about our campaigns - Barista Bundles, 12 Days of Love Letters, the list could go on and on. Being a part of the More Love Letters team has been such an incredible blessing!
I remember when Hannah was first getting everything off founded - we'd have Saturday morning Skype dates, and talk about how excited that we now had 150 followers on Twitter! This has turned into a worldwide movement and has changed so many people's lives for the better.
It is with the proudest heart possible that I share with you Hannah's book that came out last Tuesday - If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers.
You guys. She wrote a book.
It's her story of the year leading up to More Love Letters being created. It is real, and raw, and so incredibly written I am simply bursting with joy over it! I could go on and on about it, or I could just let her words show you how wonderful it is.
Quotes where her writing was so beautiful I simply had to flag it:
"It was two days before Christmas and we were sitting in the middle of the town's Starbucks. And, as it always goes with old friendships, we cradled lattes between our hands and built bridges back into the lives of each other with all the stories that happened between September of the school year and now." (17)
"...books change you. They mess up your insides. They make you drool
over the prospect of being a better human being and a better lover and a
better friend. They pull at your stomach and leave you raw and open and
naked. Books can straight up mangle you and sometimes it's just better
if you let them do your work." (93)
A lot of what she says about faith (finding it, losing it, learning to trust it), really resonated with me.
"I just remember thinking the stars were so reliable. I felt it as I drew my legs in close to my body and wrapped my arms around them; the stars are reliable, unlike any other thing in this crazy world. Leaves fall off the trees. Snow melts. Rain washes away all the things we wrote on the pavement. But the stars are relentless in shining. When it came to talk with God, I wanted to believe He was like those stars. If I looked, He'd be there." (152)
"Grace is letting something else - something so much
bigger than you - carry you home. It's having and wanting nowhere else
to be but in a moment that wants you and takes you just as you are."
The sign of a great book is when the author is talking about one thing, yet you can relate to it on a completely different level. There were a lot of moments in this book like that - here are just a few:
"Hope can be a mighty powerful thing when you decide to tangle it into a journey. Hope can shake things up a bit. It'll convince you that even if you don't know what direction you're headed in, something will meet you at the end." (86)
"Because sometimes we don't get stronger right when we want to. And
sometimes an attitude change isn't as simple as we think it can be. I
think it's more than okay to wake up some days and just be 'okay.' Not
amazing. Not having the best day of your life. Life is just hard
sometimes. And people deserve more credit for even getting out of bed
And last but not least, a quote that completely applies to my life. So. Much. Yes.
"I've just accepted the fact my life will always be one where I meet people over the Internet and I allow them to change me." (219)
five stars on Goodreads - and I even make a small cameo in it right before page 200!
So, are you convinced you need to read it? Yes? Good.
Here's the best part - I'm giving away a copy for one of you to win! I'm so proud to call this woman my friend, I can't help bu share!
How to win:
*Simply leave a comment on this post telling me if you've ever received or left a love letter. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter that'll get you an extra entry each - just let me know! (You can leave it all in one comment, no need for multiples).
The giveaway will end Friday night (March 20th), at 8 PM (EST), and I'll announce the winner next Monday, March 23rd. The winner will have 24 hours to email me their address and claim the book! Easy peasy, right? So get thee to commenting!
(Want some more Hannah? Watch this clip from the Meredith Viera show where she gets an awesome surprise, or read this interview from The Huffington Post!)