Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The World Needs More Love Letters: All-in-One Stationery and Envelopes

Just as a clean and beautiful kitchen inspires culinary creativity, a fresh and beautiful piece of stationery inspires written creativity. The most mundane retelling of life suddenly becomes a thing of beauty when penned on lovely paper. This book contains 40 self-mailers (in eight designs) and includes enough circle stickers to secure the open sides of each letter. Pages rip out with amazing ease. Not sure who to write to?  The author includes 40 suggestions on letters to write inside the front and back covers.

Like many others, I have let my letter writing fall by the wayside as e-mails and texts have replaced more time-consuming snail mail. I enjoy re-reading letters from dear friends and seeing their unique handwriting and I'd like to think when I take the time to send a real letter that it has the power to encourage, inspire or comfort where needed.

For those wanting to get back into the habit of writing letters, this would be a great help on that journey. Maybe encourage a friend to buy their own and together take the challenge to follow each and every suggestion given: whether writing an apology, a thank you or retelling of some special memory.

Honestly, the pages are so beautiful, you may not want to part with them. In that case, you could leave the letters intact and use the book as a journal that could be letters to God, letters of reflection to yourself, or a place to record dreams for the future. Maybe even a series of love letters for a spouse.

Some other uses: for a high school grad to encourage them to write home (along with stamps!), a series of letters to a college child, letters to write and put in a scrapbook (to your unborn child or to your child as they grow over the years), as a gift to newlyweds to inspire them to write to each other even after they marry, to someone in the hospital to make use of some unexpected down time, for a friend on New Year's to help them with their resolution to write more personal letters, a terminal patient so they can use their remaining time to tell those they love how they feel or make amends where necessary.

The author, Hannah Brencher, wants to start a revolution one letter at a time. Watch her inspiring TED talk and you will definitely want to enlist. At Brencher's amazing website, The World Needs More Love Letters, you can learn more about her mission to encourage others with a handwritten letter. You may want to use some of the stationery in this bundle to write a note of encouragement to one of the featured people on the website. A little background is given and you can write a letter that will be bundled with others to deliver to someone needing encouragement.  What a fabulous way to make a difference!

Published by Potter Style, this book can be purchased directly from Random House for $12.99. Check out the author's bio and sign up for author alerts as well.

Disclaimer: I received The World Needs More Love Letters from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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