I literally can't say enough about this book. But I'm going to try.
- Author: Hannah Brencher (website)
- Genre: Memoir
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books
- Release Date: March 10, 2015
If You Find This Letter is Hannah's memoir and how she finds her purpose by writing letters to strangers.
Which, in a sense, is kind of a peculiar activity, because how in the world do you write a love letter to someone you don't know? Yet Hannah demonstrated this so well in this memoir. It starts after she graduates college, where like many of us, she's looking for purpose and to make a difference and an impact on this world. She moves to New York to do a year of service and in that time, suffered through depression, loneliness, and a desperate search for God. Yet while going through her own struggles, she started to take note of the people around her and began leaving them love letters to let them know they're seen and to keep pushing through life, because they matter.
Picking up this book, I thought it would mainly be about the love letters and the project she started, but laced throughout it was the undeniable power of what love can do when it's released. Unfiltered, selfless love can literally change a person and reading this book demonstrates just that. Yes, it talks about the love letters and the impact that they've had on other people and on Hannah, but this entire book is a love letter. It's such a beautiful reminder of what happens when we start to see other people, or at least we recognize that other people need to be seen. People need to know that they're not alone and that they matter. That there are people in the world cheering for them to just keep swimming, even if they don't know them. That people will rally behind you and uplift and support you right when you need it. Hannah was struggling with depression during the memoir, and even while she was uplifting and supporting other people, God was bringing people in her life to uplift and support her.
Throughout the book, Hannah talks very openly about her relationship with God, how she's desperate to find Him, to understand Him and to be used by Him and I love how raw she is about it. I love how Hannah's journey wasn't necessarily a quest to find God, but he was woven all throughout her story. The way He continued to show up in her life as she writing things for strangers that she couldn't write for herself, demonstrates how God will find you right where you are and still use you.
There will come a time in your life where you will come across a book that will rock you to your core. That will have you questioning everything you think you are, and everything you hope to be. Books that stay with you long after you've finished reading them, books that leave an indent in your soul.
This book was it for me.
This book challenged me in the way that I see people. How I need to take the time to really see people and to be that source of love that they need. I want my entire life to be a walking love letter, ultimately reflecting back to Christ and this book was just the kick in the pants that I needed. I want to change the world after reading this book and I believe that any books that stirs up the need for change is a book worth buying.
Do yourself a favor, run, don't walk, and go buy this book.