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For The Sender: Four Letters. Twelve Songs. One Story. (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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After years of chasing his dreams, singer-songwriter Alex Woodard finally had a record deal and an album to promote. He offered to write a song for anybody who preordered his self-titled release; all they had to do was send him a letter about their story, and he would write and record a song just for them at his kitchen table.

The promotion came and went-and as the year wore on and the record deal fell apart, Alex watched his best friend, a ...

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Overview

After years of chasing his dreams, singer-songwriter Alex Woodard finally had a record deal and an album to promote. He offered to write a song for anybody who preordered his self-titled release; all they had to do was send him a letter about their story, and he would write and record a song just for them at his kitchen table.

The promotion came and went-and as the year wore on and the record deal fell apart, Alex watched his best friend, a Labrador named Kona, die in his living room with her head in his lap. Her passing shined a harsh light on how far away Alex really was from his dreams, and autumn found him trying to let go of both Kona and everything he thought would have happened by now.

And then he got a letter from Emily.

Emily had finally found the love of a soul mate, a true kindred spirit and best friend, when autumn took him away. Every year since his passing, she writes him a letter to say she misses him and remembers the beautiful moments they had together. She usually tucks the letter away into a box, since there is nowhere to send it, but this autumn she sent the letter to Alex.

She didn't want Alex to write a song for her. She just felt like his songs were pieces of himself he gave to others, and she wanted to give him a piece of herself as her own kind of gift.

But Alex did write a song for her. And that song became two, then three, then eventually twelve as more letters came in and Alex showed them to a group of talented musicians who share "family dinners" in his San Diego neighborhood. The letters ranged from descriptions of unfathomable grief and destruction in Haiti to more intimate tales of being and belonging, which soon took on a life of their own through the songs.

He didn't know it yet, but Emily's letter had started Alex down his own path of moving through loss and reconciling broken dreams, culminating one cold December night on a small stage in suburban Atlanta. And he found out for himself that a song is like a letter, and a letter is like a prayer.

It's more for the sender.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401942120
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 558,458
  • File size: 283 MB
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    In this wonderfully tender book, Alex Woodard describes his jour

    In this wonderfully tender book, Alex Woodard describes his journey of self-awareness. Having previously been focused on writing and performing songs about his own pain, he starts writing songs about the letters he receives from others. He begins writing about other people's pain and triumphs. This launches him on the road to musical success and the discovery that when he writes about another person's pain, he is writing about his own. We are all tied together in our humanity. He had gotten out of himself and there he had found himself.

    His one true friend is Kona. Kona is a black Labrador who is with him for fourteen years. Much of the book is about Kona and Alex's relationship and it is touching. The people mentioned in the book seem like background.

    For the Sender: Four Letters. Twelve Songs. One Story is a gentle book that is to be savored. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every page. It's touching, tender, true and a book I will remember.
    Four letters, twelve songs, and one story is an apt description of this book. Based on the four letters he receives from others, Alex writes twelve wonderful songs. The CD is enclosed within the book, and it's wonderful! Each song aptly describes feelings that all of us have experienced to varying degrees. This book and its CD are a moving and transforming experience.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Hay House Publishing book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255vf: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    "Autumn is painting change everywhere and I am turning over

    "Autumn is painting change everywhere and I am turning over a season of my own, although the leaves are doing a better job of letting go than I am. Leaves and dreams alike are either dying on the limb or already gone. And so is she."¿

    -from For the Sender by Alex Woodard


    Alex Woodard's For the Sender is an inspiring book for anyone who is struggling to find meaning in their experiences. It also makes a great gift for anyone who is having difficulty coming to terms with loss, though this book is a celebration of life and not about loss. It is about the connections that we make throughout our journey in this world. It holds the message that life has a way of unfolding beautifully even when there are no immediate answers. When we are truly able to let go of the way we think things should be and accept what is, we come to find that even those seemingly insignificant happenings were all connected.


    What begins as four letters and twelve songs turns into a journey of healing and understanding. With each song intended for the letter-writer, Alex finds pieces of himself wrapped inside. Whether it's an act of kindness, a prayer for peace, a letter of forgiveness or a song that touches us deeply, as For the Sender clearly reveals, these gifts bless the one who gives as well as the one who receives.


    This book comes with a CD and the music is breath-taking and soul-awakening. There is great truth in Alex Woodard's realization that writing, singing and praying are all the same. Each of these activities are ways to awaken the deeper life within us. I invite you to read For the Sender and see that life works beautifully. Even if you already know this to be true, Alex Woodard's book serves as a powerful reminder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    The author is obviously sincere, but I found his writing wordy a

    The author is obviously sincere, but I found his writing wordy and slow to get to the point: love others by helping them in a practical way. The Bible teaches in a more concise and direct style, whichever translation you use. For a relaxing inspirational read, this book is fine.
    This might be a nice gift for someone (an adult) who enjoys riding and caring for horses. 
    I have not listened to the CD of songs.
     

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