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Letters to God
Letters to God

Letters to God

Diary of an Unsilenced Generation

RELIGION

240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.4

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: January 2014

ISBN 9781939268372

Rights: WOR

Pilot Communications Group (Jan 2014)

Price: $12.95
 
 

Overview

Letters to God is a unique manuscript. Its pages are filled with a conversational flow, guiding the reader through hundreds of handwritten notes, and what to do if emotion or identification is stirred up in the reader.  This walk through includes chapter summaries in order to best describe each feature of the manuscript.Intro: How it all began Due to the nature of the book and the fact a reader will not be familiar with a unique design, a "how it all started" section is included as introduction. It starts with the author's journey and her heart for a generation as she routinely watched young people stream arena aisles for altar calls as she toured nationally with Christian conferences. The introduction goes on to explain how letters were written, gathered, and what importance they have. It targets the fact that letters were crying for help, and that this manuscript promises to provide that first step of help with "God Speaks Back" intermittent sections and numerous resource segments at the end of the manuscript.  Part 1: Letter SectionsVoice of A Generation: An overview of some of the most meaningful letters, this section is an "author's pick" so to speak. These letters represent the wide range of cries uttered by a broken generation, seeking God's help. They range from simple and innocent, to raw and desperate.  We Wrestle: Upon reading thousands of letters, a sharp awareness became evident. The youth of America struggle in four primary areas: anger, doubt, feeling worthless and addition. These letters were included to spur on an atmosphere of not only awareness, but openness.  When teens know they are not alone, they gather a hidden courage to wrestle against what holds them back.  Guys, Girls, & the Brokenness Between This chapter takes time to admit gender specific issues. The letters are clearly slanted from the perspective of each gender. This section provides a "Guys only" and "Girls only" focus with not only altar call letters, but also Authors word of encouragement, and Scripture portions of guidance most suitable to each gender.  Broken Relationships Echoed in large portions of letters, is a disappointment and hurt from a failed relationship. Young people find acceptance and worth from the opposite sex. These letters touch on confessions of anger, shock, and hurt from break-ups. This chapter allows reader identification on feeling broken from a relationship that didn't end the way they had hoped.  Hitting Home Many teens come from broken home environments. This truth is echoed in this sections letters. Teens admit their confusions from living inside of a family life which is not nurturing.  Parents' Letters to God As letters were gathered across the nation, the author was surprised to find that it wasn't only teens who were writing to God for help—parents were too. This short section includes a few of the most meaningful letters that parents wrote, expressing their need for God's help too. It is intended to offer a refreshing shift in perspective to teen readers, raising their awareness that they aren't the only ones  asking for God's help.  Harder Stuff This section includes some of the hardest to read letters. Admissions of abortion, rape, abuse, dealing with death, and struggling with unspoken issues line these pages. They are included not for sense of sensationalism, but for honesty and to raise awareness that readers are not alone in their unspoken struggles. Intro pages guide a reader through this concept and explain why such raw confessions were included.  Project Restored This final section of letters is meant to leave readers on a positive note. It includes letters of thanks, praise, and hope for what is to come. Many of the letters focus on searching for meaning and wanting to make a difference in this world. Section ends with Scriptures of promise, restoration, and hope.    Part 2: Where to go from here   What do you do after reading hundreds of exposed confessions from a generation? How do you put a boo

Reviews

"What are the struggles of today's youth? How can we best minister to them? Open the pages of this book, learn, and then go love the teens in your life. As a pastor, we are always looking for a good resource - Letters to God is that and much more." — Gino Cosentino, Senior Pastor; Calvary Evangelical Free Church

"Letters to God provides an honest look at the heartbeat of young people, showing the hurts of today's generation. This book not only gives the actual words of the students, but the author, Cassandra Smith, shares ways to counsel people through these issues of life. She shares biblical insights AND gives websites and resources to help youth workers or parents. What a valuable resource for those working with young people!" — Ed Lewis, CE National CEO & Director

"This was the best book I have ever read! Letters to God is also a way to become closer to God in a very big way." — Savanna C., High School Freshman

"Letters to God takes a bold and courageous step into the hidden and ugly darkness that is the reality of many young people's lives, and shines a bright light of hope. Cassandra Smith effectively exposes the tactics of evil working within our society and gives clear and simple steps for anyone to find free¬dom through Jesus. This book is going to bring healing and restoration to the hearts, souls and minds of this generation and those that follow will be eternally grateful." — Sam B., Staff; Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando

"Not only did I find this book shocking, I found it essential to the way I view the members of my youth group...Letters to God, is a must read." — Andrew K., High School Senior

"I was in some of those same auditoriums where these precious souls poured out their heart to God. As we take a peek into their heart cries, let it grow our sensitivity to the needs of this generation. As parents and leaders we need to hear their voices. They could be our daughters and sons. Perhaps we might even find your own voice amongst these letters to the Father." — Lisa Cherry, Co-founder of POTTS, Parents of Teens and Tweens 

Author Biography

Cassandra Smith has worked extensively with youth for twelve years. Her commitment to mentoring, discipleship, and promoting stories of restoration has been discovered and nurtured through several avenues. Her diversity of experience ranges from youth leading at her local church, to touring  with Acquire the Fire, years of work with Youth with a Mission, and a commitment to the local church. Cassandra is an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also graduated YWAM's University of the Nation's writing school. She currently serves as a youth leader in her local church. Prior to that she Road Managed the production crew and ministry team for Acquire the Fire. Through creating intern development curriculum, speaking at events and churches, and the care of that team, plus her heart for conference attendees--a deepening awareness of the needs of youth culture was born.