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How Letters Story

was Born

God found me when I  wasn't looking for Him. At first, I ran from him but he continued to pursue me. After a few years, I found myself in a difficult and dark season. I wasn't saved at that time but God met me there. He spoke of a better life that he had for me. He provided the light to illuminate that dark season. Years later, I gave my life to God and promised to follow Him wherever He wanted to take me.

He called me to use the pain and the journey through the dark season as my message. He often spoke of writing as a way to reach others on their own difficult paths. I always loved to write stories in different genres.

 

One night, during a thunderstorm, an idea for a horror book took hold of me. I eagerly grabbed my notebook and pen. I prayed and began to write. After many hours of writing, I was too exhausted to form another word and went to sleep. The next day I eagerly awoke to read the story. I was shocked to see that the words didn't portray anything resembling a horror story.

 

Instead the pages spoke of people crying out as they lived through their painful seasons. That is when Letters to My Father was born.

 

I write Christian fiction books to show people God's presence in their lives and all around them.

WHAT READERS SAY

Amber H.

“This book touched my heart because I think we all have that journey…To think God does use all circumstances for his purpose is very inspiring.” 

Liz D.

“'Letters to My Father' is the beautiful story of a woman’s faith in and love for her Creator. It is a story that shows how God has aligned and connected His people to further His kingdom and illustrates how the Holy Spirit has worked in the characters’ lives through prayer and scripture. Beautifully written, I hope there are many more stories to come!" 

Carrie A.

“I loved this book so much and I couldn't put it down! Relatable, real and thought provoking! A must read!” - 

WHAT READERS SAY

 Joan M

“This is a wonderful book about God reaching down and helping us out of the darkest times in our life. How it was all put together is so unique. It is definitely a must read.”

Amber H.

“This book touched my heart because I think we all have that journey…To think God does use all circumstances for his purpose is very inspiring.” 

Liz D.

“'Letters to My Father' is the beautiful story of a woman’s faith in and love for her Creator. It is a story that shows how God has aligned and connected His people to further His kingdom and illustrates how the Holy Spirit has worked in the characters’ lives through prayer and scripture. Beautifully written, I hope there are many more stories to come!" 

Carrie A.

“I loved this book so much and I couldn't put it down! Relatable, real and thought provoking! A must read!” - 

Danielle L.

“This book has touched my soul in ways I never thought. I HIGHLY recommend!!” 

Judge, 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

LETTERS TO MY FATHER by Crissie Ann Leonard is a touching, heartwarming, and uplifting novel about God and holding on to Him while you are in despair. The novel has an appealing and unusual pretext: a woman buys letters and then finds the people who wrote them with the help of her best friend, who happens to be a private eye. Since this is fiction, the reader is willing to suspend disbelief and go along with the story. While the premise is not impossible, it is a tad improbable. However, the author writes well in first person POV, and the letters, by extension, are also in first person. It's clear that the author has a heart for people and for the Lord. The reader's spirit is moved while reading each letter.

Overall, this is a wonderful novel that will appeal to any reader with a heart, and especially to Christian readers. This reviewer hopes this novelist will write many more books.

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