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Platinum-selling Christian music artist Mark Schultz pens a novella based on his award-winning song “Letters from War,” about a mother’s unwavering hope, courage, and steadfast prayers.

Every night, Natalie leaves the front porch light on. Just in case. It’s been two years since her son, James, went missing while saving the life of a fellow paratrooper in his division. Natalie’s faith has sustained her while she awaits word on her son’s whereabouts. Well-meaning friends ...

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Overview


Platinum-selling Christian music artist Mark Schultz pens a novella based on his award-winning song “Letters from War,” about a mother’s unwavering hope, courage, and steadfast prayers.

Every night, Natalie leaves the front porch light on. Just in case. It’s been two years since her son, James, went missing while saving the life of a fellow paratrooper in his division. Natalie’s faith has sustained her while she awaits word on her son’s whereabouts. Well-meaning friends encourages Natalie to move on, but Natalie continues to hope.

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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Dennis Rainey
“A compelling story of the love a mom, dad, and bride have for their soldier. Letters from War graphically reminds us of the price our soldiers and their families pay to protect our nation. You’ll not be able to put this book down."
Sandi Patty
“The first time I met Mark Schultz I heard him sing in Estes Park. He closed out his set with ‘Letters from War’ accompanied by a very moving music video. I wept when I listened and watched the story unfold. What makes Mark special is that he is an advocate through song and story for the forgotten people of this world. He causes us to see our story in theirs, uniting through brokenness and hope. Letters from War is a must read.”
Lee Greenwood
“As Americans we understand and admire the courage and strength of our military, but now Mark Schultz has taken us into the hearts of these freedom fighters. We, as the reader, can almost feel the love, worry, and pain that they and their families experience during their service.”
Matthew West
“As a friend and a fan of Mark Schultz, I have always been amazed at his ability to tell a great story through his songs. With his new book, Letters from War, Mark shows that his storytelling extends far beyond his music. Once again, Mark tells a compelling story that is going to touch the hearts of those who read it."
Tommy Spaulding
“Mark Schultz is the ultimate storyteller. Through his music and now his book, Letters from War touches our hearts, lifts our spirits, and honors our country.”
Josh Olds
"An infusion of hope and warmth to all who read, Letters from War is sure to leave an imprint upon your heart."
Jake Chism
"Travis Thrasher teams up with Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz to breather new life into Schultz’s 2003 hit song, 'Letters from War.' Thrasher’s writing style mixes perfectly with this touching message of hope and sacrifice that so many American military families can relate to. . . . Thrasher and Schultz bring us an emotional ride to be sure, but one that will warm the heart and remind us all of the sacrifices our soldiers make each and every day to ensure our freedom."
Dr. Dennis Rainey
“A compelling story of the love a mom, dad, and bride have for their soldier. Letters from War graphically reminds us of the price our soldiers and their families pay to protect our nation. You’ll not be able to put this book down."
From the Publisher
“Mark Schultz has touched millions with his song, ‘Letters from War.’ Now Mark’s novel will take you deeper into the story, grabbing your imagination and taking you on an unforgettable journey of the heart.”

“The first time I heard Mark Schultz's song, 'Letters from War,' I was speechless. Now, seeing the heart of that message poured into a full-length novel, I’m not just speechless, but amazed at the sacrifice our men and women in uniform—and their families—so willingly make to protect our freedom. Thanks, Mark, for reminding us all of the cost of liberty.”

“A compelling story of the love a mom, dad, and bride have for their soldier. Letters from War graphically reminds us of the price our soldiers and their families pay to protect our nation. You’ll not be able to put this book down."

“The first time I met Mark Schultz I heard him sing in Estes Park. He closed out his set with ‘Letters from War’ accompanied by a very moving music video. I wept when I listened and watched the story unfold. What makes Mark special is that he is an advocate through song and story for the forgotten people of this world. He causes us to see our story in theirs, uniting through brokenness and hope. Letters from War is a must read.”

“As Americans we understand and admire the courage and strength of our military, but now Mark Schultz has taken us into the hearts of these freedom fighters. We, as the reader, can almost feel the love, worry, and pain that they and their families experience during their service.”

“As a friend and a fan of Mark Schultz, I have always been amazed at his ability to tell a great story through his songs. With his new book, Letters from War, Mark shows that his storytelling extends far beyond his music. Once again, Mark tells a compelling story that is going to touch the hearts of those who read it."

“Mark Schultz is the ultimate storyteller. Through his music and now his book, Letters from War touches our hearts, lifts our spirits, and honors our country.”

"An infusion of hope and warmth to all who read, Letters from War is sure to leave an imprint upon your heart."

"A true master at storytelling, whether in song or in prose, Schultz has written a tale that will bring a tear and lift your spirit, all while honoring the service of our military families."

"Travis Thrasher teams up with Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz to breather new life into Schultz’s 2003 hit song, 'Letters from War.' Thrasher’s writing style mixes perfectly with this touching message of hope and sacrifice that so many American military families can relate to. . . . Thrasher and Schultz bring us an emotional ride to be sure, but one that will warm the heart and remind us all of the sacrifices our soldiers make each and every day to ensure our freedom."

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"A true master at storytelling, whether in song or in prose, Schultz has written a tale that will bring a tear and lift your spirit, all while honoring the service of our military families."
Karen Kingsbury
“Mark Schultz has touched millions with his song, ‘Letters from War.’ Now Mark’s novel will take you deeper into the story, grabbing your imagination and taking you on an unforgettable journey of the heart.”
Dave Ramsey
“The first time I heard Mark Schultz's song, 'Letters from War,' I was speechless. Now, seeing the heart of that message poured into a full-length novel, I’m not just speechless, but amazed at the sacrifice our men and women in uniform—and their families—so willingly make to protect our freedom. Thanks, Mark, for reminding us all of the cost of liberty.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439197318
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Schultz is a Dove-Award winning artist and has become one of Christian music's most acclaimed singer/songwriters. He received BMI's Christian Song of the Year in 2003 for "Back in His Arms Again." Schultz has also tasted success on the mainstream adult contemporary charts with such hits as "He's My Son," "Letters from War," and "Walking Her Home." Schultz has flooded radio with ten No. 1 songs, such as "Remember Me" and "I Am the Way." He's also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine's Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live . . . A Night of Stories & Songs, sold RIAA certified Platinum and garnered Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

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Prologue

THE LAST LETTER

The soldier wrestles to write words he knows will be his last.

He searches his heart, trying to find what he wants to say. After so many letters, this one needs to count.

This one needs to last.

There is no one definitive sentence or theme he needs to write. Yet he wants his family to know that he will always be there, that he will always love them.

Just because he is gone doesn’t mean he has left them.

There is so much he wants to say. Things to share. About the places he’s seen, the journey he’s been on, the road he’s headed toward. The pride in his heart for serving his country.

He knows the world is full of bad places filled with bad men. He remembers his father telling him that. He remembers that was one of the reasons he decided to join the army.

Yet even in a world like this, there is hope. Hope is not confined to Tennessee or the United States of America. Hope can be found in the darkest of spots, in the prisons of people’s souls.

He thinks of her face and smiles.

He loves her and wants the best for her. He can only imagine how many times she’s prayed for his safety, a safety that won’t hold.

Maybe God one day will tell her the reasons why.

Maybe God will fill her with renewed hope once he’s gone.

He starts writing.

In a world full of endless rhetoric, he tries to convey a simple and eloquent truth.

I’m not writing to say good-bye. I’m writing to make a promise.

So he does.

© 2011 Mark Schultz

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