Letters from War: A Novel

Letters from War: A Novel

by Mark Schultz, Travis Thrasher

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Now in paperback, from platinum-selling singer Mark Schultz comes a novel based on his award-winning song “Letters from Home,” about a mother’s unwavering hope and steadfast prayers for her son to return from war.


When Beth Thompson’s only son, James, goes missing in action in Afghanistan, she is left with her prayers, hopes, fears . . . and letters.

Mother and son have been writing since boot camp. James writes of his struggle to become a confident soldier and of his concern for his young wife and their unborn child. Beth, like any mom, praises her son’s courage even as she frets for his safety.

Even after James disappears, Beth is comforted by a daily ritual of writing him about her feelings, faith, and attempts to maintain a normal life when nothing is really normal but the waiting.

Based on platinum-selling singer Mark Schultz’s hit song “Letters from War,” this powerfully emotional and timely story reveals how faith sustains in even the darkest of circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439197325
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About 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.” He’s also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list.

Travis Thrasher is the bestselling author of over thirty works of fiction in a variety of genres. He has also helped write memoirs and self-help books. Learn more at TravisThrasher.com.

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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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Letters from War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Is this book worth reading?
Fibromite More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read of late. Travis Thrasher is awesome when it come to collaborative book. Keep up the awesome books!
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