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“Mark Schultz has touched millions with his song, ‘Letters from War.’ Now Mark’s novel will take you deeper into the story, grabbing your imagination and taking you on an unforgettable journey of the heart.”

—Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling author of Unlocked and Leaving

“The first time I heard Mark Schultz's song, 'Letters from War,' I was speechless. Now, seeing the heart of that message poured into a full-length novel, I’m not just speechless, but amazed at the sacrifice our men and women in uniform—and their families—so willingly make to protect our freedom. Thanks, Mark, for reminding us all of the cost of liberty.”

—Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show, bestselling author of The Total Money Makeover

“A compelling story of the love a mom, dad, and bride have for their soldier. Letters from War graphically reminds us of the price our soldiers and their families pay to protect our nation. You’ll not be able to put this book down."

—Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife

“The first time I met Mark Schultz I heard him sing in Estes Park. He closed out his set with ‘Letters from War’ accompanied by a very moving music video. I wept when I listened and watched the story unfold. What makes Mark special is that he is an advocate through song and story for the forgotten people of this world. He causes us to see our story in theirs, uniting through brokenness and hope. Letters from War is a must read.”

—Sandi Patty, Women of Faith speaker, most awarded female vocalist in Christian music history

“As Americans we understand and admire the courage and strength of our military, but now Mark Schultz has taken us into the hearts of these freedom fighters. We, as the reader, can almost feel the love, worry, and pain that they and their families experience during their service.”

—Lee Greenwood, multi-platinum-selling recording artist, Grammy Award winner, composer/singer of "God Bless the USA"

“As a friend and a fan of Mark Schultz, I have always been amazed at his ability to tell a great story through his songs. With his new book, Letters from War, Mark shows that his storytelling extends far beyond his music. Once again, Mark tells a compelling story that is going to touch the hearts of those who read it.”

—Matthew West, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter

“Mark Schultz is the ultimate storyteller. Through his music and now his book, Letters from War touches our hearts, lifts our spirits, and honors our country.”

—Tommy Spaulding, New York Times bestsellling author of It's Not Just Who You Know

"An infusion of hope and warmth to all who read, Letters from War is sure to leave an imprint upon your heart."

—Josh Olds, TheChristianCritic.net

"A true master at storytelling, whether in song or in prose, Schultz has written a tale that will bring a tear and lift your spirit, all while honoring the service of our military families."

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"Travis Thrasher teams up with Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz to breather new life into Schultz’s 2003 hit song, 'Letters from War.' Thrasher’s writing style mixes perfectly with this touching message of hope and sacrifice that so many American military families can relate to. . . . Thrasher and Schultz bring us an emotional ride to be sure, but one that will warm the heart and remind us all of the sacrifices our soldiers make each and every day to ensure our freedom."

—Jake Chism, fictionaddict.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Schultz is a Dove Award-winning artist and has become one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. He received BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2003 for “Back in His Arms Again.” He’s also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list.
Travis Thrasher is the author of twelve works of fiction. He has been called “the Nicholas Sparks of Christian fiction” by Christian Retailing magazine. Travis lives with his wife and daughters in a suburb of Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451674414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451674415
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clay2c47 on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I chose to read this book immediately upon purchase partly due to the fact that it was also the week of the tenth anniversary of September 11th. I know many who were affected firsthand by the trauma of 9/11, and several of my friends and co-workers were even in the Twin Towers on that fateful day. In the ten years since our lives have changed dramatically. I know many people who became active in the military, and I have always been grateful for the services that they provide for our country in order to protect my freedom.

Letters From War was the first time that I really took more than just a minute or two to consider what life is like for the family members of our many members of the military. It made me think especially hard about those who have lost loved ones in the war whether MIA or KIA. I have never had to deal with that within my immediate family, but the story of Beth and her family struck a powerful chord within my own heart. Through Mark Schultz's song of the same name and Travis Thrasher's unique ability to depict emotion and feelings, I could at once identify with the feelings that these families deal with on a daily basis. It prompted me to not just remember them on National holidays, but to also take the time to check in with the neighbors down the street whose husband/father is currently serving in Afghanistan. It reminded me to show compassion and mercy to those who may just need a tender word or a physical showing of support on any ordinary day, as opposed to just on patriotism deems it necessary.

Speaking to the specific criticisms of the novel I have two thoughts. First, the story cannot be told in chronological order to maintain the pace and progression of the story itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 different. Words reach the soul. She continues to read them to hear James and to keep believing."

Beth says to her friend, "I can hear him speaking as she reads his words. They are beautiful just like he was. Here is a letter from James to his mom: "I'm not here to follow in Dad's footsteps. I'm here to serve all of you and to serve this country... I am the infantry...I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight, wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemy... I am what my country expects me to be: The best-trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win!"

These authors have written a touching and memorable novel from a military families POV . James, Beth's son, and Britt's husband are in waiting mode. They were waiting to hear of any news of James' whereabouts. James has been missing in action for two years. Not a single word on his location or any indication if he's alive.

Beth, Britt and Emily (James sister) feel like their life is on hold. Beth still writes letters to her son James, even though she knows no one knows where he is. It's as if she stops writing all hope is will be lost - she couldn't go there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CLAUDIA E. ODEE on September 7, 2012
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I had never heard the song "Letters From War" until my 17 year old grandson sang it at a school concert. The song is beautiful and emotional. The majority of the audience were in tears and Andy got a standing ovation!!! When I saw the book I knew I had to read it. It is a story filled with the love that exists between a mother and son... the kind of love that lasts forever... That kind of love can also exist between a grandmother and grandson... It is a beautiful story! Also check out the song on YouTube!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Being familiar with the Mark Schultz song that inspired this story and a big fan of Travis Thrasher's work, I anxiously awaited the release of this novel. I was not disappointed.

The novel is mainly Beth and James' story, although there are several other important characters. Beth's story is what is happening in present day. Her son has been missing for 2 years, and no one has heard from him or knows where he is or if he is alive. But Beth made a promise when James left for Boot Camp that she would write him every day, and that is what she does. James' letters provide some background of how the family got to where they are now. Theirs is a fierce bond--mother and son--and Beth refuses to give up hope that James is alive. The love, the fear, the waiting, and the uncertainty are almost palpable.

Letters From War is a beautifully crafted story that captures the love, hope, and strength that all members of the military and their families possess. But it also captures the pain and heartache that go along with supporting those who serve our country. The real feelings that are depicted make it easy for the reader to connect with the story. Making a connection with the story that gives insight into what military families go through in time of war will hopefully instill a greater appreciation for the troops.

While Letters From War's main focus is the war in Afghanistan, it also gives mention to Korea and Vietnam. In doing so, Schultz and Thrasher acknowledge and honor those who have fought for our country for the last 60 years. As the granddaughter of a Korean War veteran, I am grateful for their recognition of those wars. Letters From War is a moving tribute to the brave men and women who defend our freedom and the sacrifices they and their families make on a daily basis.
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