- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061859338
- ISBN-13: 978-0061859335
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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From the Back Cover
For the past four years, Frank Warren, known as "the most trusted stranger in America," has invited people all over the world to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his blog, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in four electrifying and bestselling books: PostSecret, My Secret, The Secret Lives of Men and Women, and A Lifetime of Secrets.
Warren's fifth book presents a never-before-seen collection of the most personal PostSecrets he's ever received—those dealing with life, death, and issues of faith and belief. The book lays bare the confessions of people at every stage of life, from every major faith (or from no faith). Warren's latest collection of secrets is his most profoundly moving yet.
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PostSecret Educates and Illuminates Suicide Prevention & Fundraising
There are many routes into the PostSecret universe - museum exhibitions, a friend's social media feed, browsing in a bricks and mortar bookstore or online bookseller and the proverbial grapevine. The brainchild of Frank Warren, PostSecret's core mission is raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention via book sales, events and donations.
September 4 through 8, 2011 marks the 37th annual National Suicide Prevention week and world suicide prevention day takes place September 10. The most chilling and recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ranks suicide among the top ten causes of death in the United States.
Confessions on Life, Death, and God is the fifth book in the PostSecret series. Best described in Warren's own words, "This book was inspired by a collection of more than three hundred postcards that were part of an exhibition at the American Visionary Museum called "All Faiths Beautiful. The never-before-seen secrets between these pages were chosen to expose the common landscape of our private lives - from our embarrassing desires to our hidden acts of kindness; from the private prayers of atheists to the voiceless doubt of believers."
Each genre-bending tome is too beautiful to hide on a bookshelf and too intense to leave alongside the toilet. The bedrock of PostSecret and the series of books are the hauntingly exquisite anonymous postcards. Messages tear at the reader's gut and tears tumble freely. Only apathetic stoics escape the searing pain of the sender. Cathartic for the writer and the reader, affixing a stamp or hitting send frees one from the agony and rage so often the tipping point into self-destructive behavior.
The startling messages and images are in many languages, across ethnicities, religions, and borders. Geography, age, sex, and sexual orientation are at once divergent and deeply unifying.
A gray and white rendering of a map depicting two people on different continents bears the French phrase, "Nous Allons trover une solution," which translates to "We'll find a solution." A page of death notices is the background of a card reading "I check the obituaries everyday hoping my ex-boyfriend is dead." And the terrifying message "If it said yes. I was going to kill myself" emblazoned over the image of a pregnancy test wand. These are a few of the extraordinary emotions and fears raging on the pages of Confessions on Life, Death, and God.
On the horizon is the PostSecret App where users will connect with like-minded people, read and share anonymous secrets and access the ominous images and text.
Frank Warren began PostSecret as a community art project in 2004. To date more than half-million secrets have landed in Warren's real life mailbox and a quarter-billion people have visited the organization's website.
Confessions on Life, Death, and God
Frank Warren © 2009
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I love ALL of these Post Secret books! Each book contains new secrets, some whimsical, some so dark they hurt. Filled with artwork, doodles, photos....and secrets, of course. (Sorry, can't say anything new for each book so am using same review for each one. I own them all, they are that interesting!)
As with the other collections of secrets published by Frank, it's an excellent presentation. The book is high quality, and indeed postcard sized; it makes reading the secrets easier, though it's a bit harder to stack them on your bookshelf. The theme for this collection is very well explored, and we have a broad selection of secrets to read through. It must have been very difficult to work out which ones to use (and which to cut).
If you like the site, this book, and the rest, are essential. They're great conversation starters, and make excellent gifts too!