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The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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"Marie Tillman's gentle memoir of love and loss is an important reminder to all that life isn't measured by its length, but by its depth."―Regina Brett, New York Times bestselling author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours
"The Letter is a candid, eloquent account of unthinkable loss, its incapacitating aftermath, and Marie Tillman's long, lonely journey back to daylight. Graced with illuminating vignettes of her marriage to Pat Tillman, the ambivalent Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan by his comrades, The Letter is both a heart-rending elegy for an extraordinary man and an indispensable road map through the wilderness of bereavement. It's a brave and wonderful book."―Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild and Where Men Win Glory
"Marie Tillman's moving memoir, The Letter, is a story of profound courage. It takes courage to walk out into the unknown to reclaim one's life after a tragedy. It takes courage to live in a public way with such private pain. And it takes courage to share one's journey with an open heart knowing that it will bring comfort and connection to others. Marie's courageous example will inspire so many to recognize their own power to be architects of change."―Maria Shriver, Journalist, Author & Activist
"In this moving debut memoir, the author describes her struggle to deal with grief and to come to terms with the cynical abuse of his sacrifice...An inspiring account of the author's difficult decision to become a public advocate for military families."―Kirkus
"In this thoughtful memoir...[Marie Tillman] successfully honors her husband's legacy while offering solace and hope for those in anguish."―Publishers Weekly
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The Letter by Marie Tillman is a heartfelt insight into her life after her husband's death as well as a journey through all stages of grief she's experienced since then. Pat Tillman's life had been in the spotlight very little before he died as both he and Marie have shied away from the public eye, preferring the coziness of their home, the serenity of their relationship, the comfort of their love. The NFL player who gave up a successful career as a football player to enlist in the army became an icon after his death in April 2004. The circumstances surrounding his death still create a lot of controversy, including two congressional hearings and multiple investigations. Somehow Marie had to learn how to cope with the media infatuation with her husband as well as with all the attention she unwillingly received.
I applaud Marie for her ability to capture real feelings, real emotions making the book that much more intense, allowing readers a close look into a grieving heart. The book contains very little dialogue, but it's easy to follow and finish in one sitting. Its simplicity, its reflection on life's fragility and what matters most as well as how Marie chose to navigate through the murky waters of healing is done gracefully. From a shy lotus lily living in Pat's shadow, Marie grew into a confident woman, working constantly to keep Pat's legacy alive. She went through the stages of grief in her own way, at her own pace, and came out not completely healed but stronger.
The Letter is a compelling, poignant book, a true story of heroism and altruism behind the deadly lines of war.
Marie Tillman's writing style...her `voice' (filled with raw honesty and true candor) ...made the experience even more powerful. I look forward to her next work and recommend this book with as much verve as possible.
The Letter is inspirational, Marie and Pat Tillman's story is amazing, and Marie Tillman, in her earned own right, is a national treasure.
Read The Letter and learn more about the continuing work of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Part of the way through the book, I researched Marie Tillman, and was glad that I did. (Without being specific, she appears to have a new, fulfilling life.) I'm not sure I could have finished the book if I hadn't. It was simply too upsetting from so many perspectives.
The book is well written, and a quick read, but emotionally trying so be prepared if you decide to purchase it.
You don't need to have lost someone and be going through the grieving process to enjoy this book though. It's a very quick and poignant read that I would highly recommend. I had a hard time putting it down and I suspect you'll have the same problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in two sittings. It was great while also heartbreaking. As a Bay Area native, Pat was someone I'd known about when he played in high school, as someone to watch. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kaytee H.
Marie Tillman tells her story with openness and insight into her private loss that was so public. I lived in Arizona where the story was huge because of ASU and the Cardinals. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lyn
Seemed a little whining rather than inspirational. Her husband was the strong one and the hero in this relationship!Published 10 months ago by czhammer
Really enjoyed the first half of the book. I thought because of the title of it, it was going to be more about her relationship with her husband...not the case. Read morePublished 17 months ago by kchegnoph
Excellent reading from page 1 to the end. We could feel the pain she suffered and shared with us and how she climbed
out of despair and became an inspiration to people in and... Read more
When I first saw this on my kindle daily deals I was excited for a cheap read but had no idea I'd be taken to so many places with Marie. Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by Da Honest Truth