Mar 16, 2015

If You Find This Letter

You all know how much More 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." (156)
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 sometimes." (149)

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)
This book is incredible - I gave it 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!)


Em said...

Yes. I've left them all over: My church, a chipotle bathroom, in the bank depository with envelopes. It's so fun to write and leave these surprises all over.

San said...

I have been following the Love Letter movement from the sidelines and LOVE the idea of putting love (through letters!) out into the world. There is nothing nicer than a handwritten note. I'd love to win this book!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I've participated in all of the 12 Days of Letter campaigns so I feel a personal connection to her letter writing movement. It sounds like a great book!

I follow your blog on facebook so mark me down for an extra entry. :)

Lindsey said...

I've seen you mention the Love Letter movement, but never really looked into it until I watched Hannah's interview the other day! I'd love to start sending letters, starting with a few people in my life that I know could use a little extra love! I have received a couple throughout our infertility journey, (including one from you <3), and they never fail to bring a smile to my face when sometimes that's a huge struggle!

Oh, and I follow you on both Facebook and Twitter :)

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Like San, I have also followed along from the sidelines. I would love to learn more and read her book!
I also follow you on Twitter and like your Facebook page. ;)

Caiti said...

I'd love to win the book; I've wanted to read it since I first heard Hannah was writing it! I've been lucky to host one of the days of the 12 Days of Letter Writing campaign (thanks to you)! It was a great experience, and I'd love to write more anonymous notes and leave them all over.

I also follow you on Twitter.

Melissa Marie said...

I would love to win this book! I have been wanting to read it and I love the whole idea of sending the letters. Because who doesn't like getting happy mail!?

Also I followed you on twitter! :)

SomewhatVoluble said...

Yes!! I haven't sent or received a love letter, but Hannah's movement is inspiring me to send more hand-written letters.

I follow you on Twitter & Facebook.

Anonymous said...

I think it was you and Nora who turned me onto the Love Letters campaign. I sort of always watched from the sidelines, but after my Dad died, I started writing them as part of the regular campaigns. I did it mostly because I was really inspired and touched by all the notes I received from folks after my Dad's death, and I thought that writing love letters to people who I didn't know who were going through tough bouts in life was the least I could do in terms of paying it forward. I've come to look forward to the letter writing and have plans to start leaving random love letters in places ( actually might start this weekend when I'm traveling through some airports).
I follow you on the Twitter and Facebook!

Stephany said...

I actually received a love letter from Hannah before she started MLL; when she was living in NYC and just started writing them. It was the most special piece of mail I've ever received! This book is high on my TBR list, so I'd love to win it!

I also follow you on Facebook and Twitter :)

Amber said...

I love the more love letters movement! It's been fun following it's growth over the years through your blog. I am definitely adding this book to my to read list.

Oh and I am a facebook and twitterer follower of course :)

Katelin said...

Oh how delightful that she's written a book! I've received love letters here and there and they are always the best surprise.

And I follow you on Facebook & Twitter, clearly :)

Unknown said...

I started leaving love letters in random places once you told me about this project. I say a prayer for each one and hope it ends up with whomever needs it most at that time <3

I follow you on Twitter and Facebook!

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Unknown said...

Great book and inspirational in a way that encourages you to accept yourself and love others. It's open, raw and uplifting. Read it and start writing.

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Luzia Narvz said...

Once you read the first page, you will be drawn into the author's journey of daily introspection. Her writing style and unwavering sense of humor will guide you through a wide range of emotions that remind you that in the end, love is all that matters. Yesterday I was treading water. Today I'm swimming. Thank you, Hannah.

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