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Letters to God: From the Major Motion Picture Paperback – March 3, 2010

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This novel is inspired by the major motion picture, Letters to God, scheduled for theatrical release in spring 2010. Viewers of the film will be eager to read more of this inspiring story. Tyler, a nine-year-old boy, is stricken with incurable brain cancer and begins to write letters to God. He turns his suffering into spiritual lessons for his widowed mother, his embittered adolescent brother, and a troubled postman. Letters to God probes some of the most important and most-often-asked questions that trouble people of faith: 'Why do we suffer?' 'Where is God?' 'Why do godly, faithful children have to battle cancer?' This inspiring story of hope will help readers from all walks work toward greater understanding of God's presence and care. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Before focusing his creative energies on fiction, Patrick Doughtie honed his artistic skills as a newspaperman, recording artist, and screenwriter. He was one of the youngest newspaper general managers in California when he and one of his four brothers decided to move to Nashville to pursue a music career. In 1996, after his son Tyler was born, Patrick left the late nights and long trips of the music world to start a construction business in Nashville. After his son's death in 2005, he began his career as a screenwriter. Patrick has written five screenplays and two short-subject scripts in a variety of genres: comedy, drama, thriller, action, and a children's story.

John Perry graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University, with additional studies at University College, Oxford, England. Before beginning his career as an author in 1997, he was an award-winning advertising copywriter and radio producer. John has published 21 books as an author, collaborator, or ghostwriter. He is the biographer of Sgt. Alvin York, Mary Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee and great granddaughter of Martha Washington), and George Washington Carver. Among other books, he has also written about the 1925 Scopes 'monkey' trial (Monkey Business, with Marvin Olasky, BandH Publishing, 2005) and contemporary prison reform (God Behind Bars, Thomas Nelson, 2006). He is a two-time Gold Medallion finalist and Lincoln Prize nominee. He lives in Nashville.
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Product Details

  • Series: Letters to God
  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Mti edition (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310327652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310327653
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in a book club at our local church and absolutely loved this book. I felt like my heart was going to burst open. I have not watched or wanted to watch the movie. It could not have been any better than the book. A must read for any book club.
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"A genuine story full of inspiration and hope sure to stir you back to your own innocence and trust in a faithful God."

A simple story, told in a simple script that will capture your heart. Many believe that great books should be written with grand and glorious style.While I do agree that I am often astonished by such writing, I am equally astonished at the premise and simple delivery of what God can do in a life and told in the most elemental of ways.

Such is the case with the book Letters to God: From the Major Motion Picture by Patrick Doughtie and John Perry

A beautiful story based on the true life events of Patrick Doughtie's son Tyler and his struggle with brain cancer. You will read of compassion, strength and endurance is this short little book. You will also be saddened and comforted as you discover (or maybe rediscover your own) childlike outlook on life and on God.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the uncommon innocence and simple trust. This is the heart of Christianity and books like this encourage us to remember, to rediscover, and to walk in simplicity in our own relationship with God.

You will cry reading this book. But tears are not always bad. This is a great book to read to child who is facing some struggle in life or even to an adult who is trying to make sense of some tragic event in his or her own life.

I recommend this book for all of the above or for just anyone who wants to see what God is looking for in the heart of His children.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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This book touches your heart. I cried so hard reading this book. I have recommended it to several and have also lent my book to many. I have also re-read this book and cried again as uch as I did the first time. EXCELLENT Writing.
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By ronnie on August 25, 2013
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this was a really great book that would inspire others to not just to meditate on god before and after a work day but to be able to leave something behind for your loved ones to know your true feelings and your thoughts. loved it
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This book is Based True story of a young boy with Brain Cancer. He seriously becomes interested in the big question in life. He knows only God can help him. His family and friends face a lot of emotional hardships during his journey. The book explores them all. As I read through the pages, in many ways, it was as if, I was reading our family's journey with my son's 'stupid' brain tumor. During this time, our son began reading his Bible more. We would read it to him as well. Of course, fear and frustration seem to grow inside my heart. However, giving love, sharing joy,and inspiring hope made the day worth living. I recommend this story to everyone that has came to this path in life. No matter, how rough the road , long the walk, are where it ends, hope is our salvation.
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This book was excellent. I originally ordered this digitally and read it. I then bought the actual paperback book for my son. I hope that he is enjoying this book. This book will open your eyes to life's battles...ie...sometimes we have it better than we think. Great book I just wish that it was a little longer and had more of the actual "letters" in it. Other than that..AWESOME!!!
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I rated this wonderful book 5 stars because, even though I've read it before and seen the movie, it never ceases to speak to me. I would recommend it to anyone needing to work on their trust in God, or really anybody. Get the tissues, though, you'll need them.
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Still wiping tears. Easy one day read, with some thought provoking segments. Inspirational. I would recommend, but adults... our teens are going through some grief, and I feel that this would be too much for them- having said that, my daughter asked me what I was reading, what it was about, and it proved to be a good talking point before bed that night.
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