The Legacy Letters - his wife, his children, his final gift

The Legacy Letters - his wife, his children, his final gift

by Carew Papritz


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Winner of 5 national awards including the Mom's Choice Award, The Legacy Letters reveals to us the rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children—and his wife. His words of wisdom, interwoven between deeply personal stories and poignantly-told memories, ultimately become the practical, moral, and spiritual guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redemptive act of love.

“Live Life to the Fullest” becomes the father's passionate plea to his family—and to all of us desiring to live the same way. Woman's World Magazine writes, “This inspirational classic is the perfect comfort book for people hungry to find meaning in their lives.”

Combining the best elements of such inspirational bestsellers as Tuesdays with Morrie, The Last Lecture, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, author Carew Papritz creates a timeless work that The Huffington Post calls, "A Must-Read Book of Wisdom for Life...exquisite, intimate, passionate, humorous, and genuine..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985708870
Publisher: King Northern, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 877,496
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Carew lives life as a series of great tests of the spirit. Born with an adventurer's heart--a fierce and undying curiosity to see and explore the world--he takes to his challenges as if they were fatefully created just for him.

He is determined to be a Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist. As seen by his writings and songs in The Legacy Letters, he is fascinated by the human condition and chronicles it by immersing himself in all its endless variations.

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The Legacy Letters his wife, his children, his final gift 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Heidi_Shapiro More than 1 year ago
I had originally ordered this book on my Kindle because my 8 year old son is friends with Mr. Papritz's son and told me I had to read it! My son loves that he knows an author and knows that I love to read so he was excited to tell me about it! To be honest, once I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to dive right in. I purchased it on my Kindle so I wouldn't have to wait for the book to come. I also have a hard back copy of the book and it is gorgeous! The premise of the book really hooked me from the start. Although this book isn't a hard read it took me a while to read. I would read a few letters and then have to reflect on what was written. I didn't want to rush through this book and miss anything. I loved all the letters but the one that really stuck with me is the letter from Papa to his son on becoming a man. I'm sure it has to do with the fact that I have two sons of my own and I'm trying hard to raise them to be good and honest men. These letters and life lessons were so well written and made me pause and slow things down a bit. In the world of hurrying and rushing, I want to savor these moments myself and with my children. I want them to really take in the world around them. I loved the imagery of Papa walking all around and just savoring the good in every season. I'm going to have to read the other letters now to find out more about Papa. This was a wonderfully written that you won't be sorry to pick up. I have been recommending this book to many because it is so unique and not like any other book that I have read. Thank you Mr. Papritz for writing such a wonderful book!
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
This is a book filled with advice from a man that will never have a chance to meet his children.  A book filled with spiritual pourings from his heart.  A book filled with how to live, how to treat others, and how to connect with God. I sensed a deep regret and longing in his writings of the loss of his marriage and wife.  A man who has had to make peace with both losses. His straight forward words of wisdom makes him wise way beyond his years.  He has lived a life time in a short time. This is a book you don’t want to miss.  Tragic, sad, but yet happy and at peace.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Every so often, there are books that grab you at the beginning and hold you spellbound to the finish. The Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz is such a novel. A man and a woman have a misunderstanding and the man goes his separate way, uninformed about the pregnancy of the woman, his wife. He finds out he has a fatal illness and elects to isolate himself in order to find some meaning to his life. He finds out about his wife's pregnancy and chooses to remain in isolation, trying to delineate what he wishes to pass down to his children. The wife and twin children have no idea what has happened to the man and they go about their lives until the twins' tenth birthday, when a letter arrives informing the wife that her husband is dead and there are letters left for the children to read. The Legacy Letters is a story of frustration, keenness of mind, and regrets common to everyday people. The soul-searching by the dying man is endearing and the reader learns gradually about a complex and learned man who chooses to face death alone rather than in the comfort of his family. Author Papritz skillfully crafts the letters so that they become the life of the man as a legacy to his twin children. He confesses he would rather live than die. He talks to his children about character and commitment, and how a marriage works and how a marriage dies. The language is folksy and believable and readers will relate to the feelings of the dying man. Love and appreciation of nature, as well as respect for humankind, leap from the pages so that each reader will ponder his or her own belief systems while wondering how anyone would choose to be alone at the moment of death. A powerful and poignant read for all.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting concept. To leave behind letters for inspiring your children to lead a better life.  Almost as a guidebook of "life lessons."  This book offers some lofty advice. Giving the reader something to ponder throughout, giving a chance for self-reflection. Life is short and we need to make the best of the time we have with one another. So, do what you love and share it with those who matter most.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "Legacy Letters" literally sent chills down my spine! It made me deeply reflect on my own life and what I have done and what I haven't done. I am more aware now of the day to day decisions I make and the impact they have on my children. It made me think profoundly about the values I am passing on to my kids. This book changed my outlook on life - please read! 
dkbook1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The writing is amazing. This is the 4th time I've read this this book and I keep finding new inspiration. What a gem of a book!
exhaustedNY More than 1 year ago
This book is great!!!! Simply like that. :) xSethx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I got to read the Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz.  This is a book that everyone with a family must read as well as anyone in love. Life is so short and it’s easy to take things for granted.  Our children grow up so fast and I am so grateful to have read this book while my children are still growing up.  The Legacy Letters brings up the organic values of life that we have to teach our children through a wonderful and witty style.  Advice is dished out on just about every aspect of life. The book is written in letters to the main character’s wife.  The connection between the main character and his wife are heartwarming as well as thought provoking. I often just stopped while I was reading to reflect on my own feelings and how I do things. This book shows off the values that we should all teach our children.  If we all read this book, the world would be a better place.  I have no doubt. Mr. Papritz writes with an original down-home style that helped me and made me feel connected to the main character unlike any other book I have ever read.  By the end of the book, I genuinely wished I had known him. I felt emotionally connected through the happy times as well as the sad times in the book.       I am a person who knows the value of life and how much it needs to be cherished and not taken for granted. When I read the Legacy Letters, I never wanted it to end.   It’s an absolutely well written book that will take you to a better place in your heart and mind. Scott
love4allbooks More than 1 year ago
The Huffington Post was right! This is a "MUST-READ book of wisdom for life!" The writing was powerful and timeless, tender and beautiful, which is a combination I've rarely come across in an inspirational book. At the same time, it is down to earth like reading a daily guidebook on how to live life. If you liked Tuesdays with Morrie or Chicken Soup for the Soul (which I both loved), you'll really take to The Legacy Letters! And I recently ordered the hardback version of the book which is just beautiful. Great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Carew Papritz inspires with the letters on the lessons in life. What a better world it would be if everyone followed them.
Daniel2345 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is simply superb. Carew gives the reader insight in to so many aspects of life. Family values, romantic relationships, and much more. I had a great time reading it and I feel I've gained some valuable insight. I might have gotten wiser along the way! 10/10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was truly a profound story that will invoke a change in anyone who reads it! Carew gave myself, and gives all readers, the insight and guidance we need to lead a much more meaningful life!
Bookhobbit More than 1 year ago
A man leaves his wife over something insignificant, finds out he is terminally ill, learns his wife is expecting twins, and to protect the pregnancy, decides to stay away and die alone.  He leaves behind letters for his twins, full of the wisdom he has gleaned from life and the observations he has made.  There are many thoughts to ponder in this book; I even turned down a couple of pages to reread.  By about 2/3 of the way through the book, I was, however, ready to reach the end. What started bothering me the most is that the writing started to appear as little more than how to use unique adjectives in abundance. I started focusing on the over-use of adjectives, and I would get so distracted, I couldn't remember what I'd read.  I think the idea of the book is good, and there are many nuggets of wisdom, but some of the writing style does get in the way after a while.