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If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find…

If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of…

by Hannah Brencher

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Just out of college, Hannah Brencher embarks on a year of service in New York City, living on $25 a week at a place that serves immigrants and working with the United Nations. She starts out with really vague ideas of who she is and want she wants to do, and in this memoir discusses her personal journey as a young adult finding God and meaning and purpose in life.

When I first downloaded this book, I thought the description sounded interesting. Oh, I like writing letters, I thought. A story about a woman deciding to leave letters to strangers all over NYC sounds intriguing. And yeah, that's part of the story. But it's also about her hitting a personal rock bottom and finding her way. It's about feeling lost and alone and unseen, getting outside of yourself and discovering love. Not the "I fell in love with you" love, but the kind of love that makes you want to give yourself up. She talks about her off-again, on-again relationship with God and moving from believing He's the rule-giver to knowing He loves her. She talks about friends and family, and the impact she learns she can have just by showing love to others. You might not find the story the best written or the most original, but it's heartfelt and true and it hit me at the perfect time. ( )
  bell7 | Jan 18, 2016 |
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