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Letters from War

Letters from War

A Novel

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INSPIRED BY THE ORIGINAL HIT SONG

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.
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  • Howard Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451674415 | 
  • June 2012
List Price $14.99
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A Conversation with Mark Schultz

How did you come to write the song “Letters from War”? When did you first have the idea of using the song as the basis for a novel?

My great-grandma had three sons involved in World War II. My great-uncles have always been heroes to me. Several years ago as we were cleaning out her attic, we found the letters they had written her as well as her diary from the 1940s. Several of the entries brought me to tears, and I knew that I wanted to write a song that would honor both my great-grandmother and her sons.

What was your involvement in the U.S. Army’s Be Safe—Make It Home campaign? Why was it important for you to be a part of the campaign?

The army approached me with the idea of making a video for “Letters from War” so that they could show it in conjunction with their Be Safe—Make It Home campaign for the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was an amazing experience, and it has also allowed us to perform at the Pentagon as well as at several army bases around the country. Those concerts have been some of the most memorable of my career.

What can you tell us about collaborating with Travis Thrasher to write Letters from War? What are some of the differences between writing a novel and writing a song?

Well, I think we both learned a lot about the creative process and collaboration. Both Travis and I primarily do our craft without see more

About the Author

Mark Schultz
Photograph by Josh Hailey of Mellowtown

Mark Schultz

After developing a fondness for comic books at an early age, Mark Schultz began writing for the strip in November 2004. In addition, he scripted DC Comics's Man of Steel from 1998 to 2003, and he continues to participate in a number of comic book projects including Star Wars, Aliens, and Predator. He calls northeastern Pennsylvania home.

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