Letters to God

by Erica

ltgposter-1“Everything rides on hope now. Everything rides on faith somehow. When the world has broken me down, Your love sets me free.” – Addison Road

We were recently contacted about the film,
Letters to God, which is based on a true story about Tyler, a young boy battling cancer.

As he watches his family and friends around him affected by his disease, he begins to pray for them in the form of letters written to God. He places postage on his letters and mails them daily.

Since God works in incredible ways, Tyler’s letters end up in the hands of a hurting and lost postman, Brady. Soon Brady’s life is transformed through Tyler’s words of hope, faith and love.

I had tears watching the trailer and I knew that viewing the movie would be a moving and inspiring journey. I was right!

I had the true pleasure of attending a screening of Letters to God. The screening was intended for church pastors and leaders as part of their Communities of Hope mission.

tylerandsamThe movie was incredible. I was blown away by the talent of Tanner Maguire who plays Tyler and darling Bailee Madison who plays his best friend, Sam. I could see glimpses of myself in almost every main character.

I was touched, convicted and encouraged. Oh and I cried, I did.

In fact there were grown men in the row in front of me who had to take out kleenex to wipe tears from their eyes.

Letters to God opens in theaters on April 9th and I truly hope that you all take the time to see it. Be sure to bring your friends and loved ones with you. This is a movie that will leave its mark on your heart.

soundtrack-3I encourage you to also check out the film’s soundtrack. The 2-Disc album with 7 bonus tracks features songs from Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Addison Road, Sanctus Real, and Between The Trees.

Also for more inspiration check out Stories of Hope, where you can view several on set devotions that took place before filming as well as Bailee Madison’s story of holding on to her child-like faith in the depths of Hollywood.

Our friends at Dayspring have partnered with Letters to God and are releasing a box card set inspired by the film. Their Hope is Contagious box card set features 12 cards with inspiring sentiments to share the amazing hope we have in Jesus Christ. And since hope is one of those things that should be passed around, we would love to give away two Hope is Contagious box card sets.

To enter, please leave a comment below. Here are some things I would love to hear about in the comments section – Did you watch the trailer above? What are your thoughts about the movie? Have you also had the pleasure of attending a screening of Letters to God? How have you been touched lately through the power of prayer?

Our giveaway will close on Friday, March 19th. We will announce our winners on Saturday, March 20th.

You may earn additional entries for the following:

If you are already subscribed and are on our newsletter list, you qualify for those two additional entries. Go ahead and leave your additional comments below.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses.

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I did receive entrance into a screening of Letters to God. I was so moved by the film, that I just HAD to share it with you. When I discovered that Dayspring partnered with the film, I contacted them about their Hope Is Contagious box set. We did not receive any compensation for this post.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing editor, Erica.

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Mindy March 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

It looks like a wonderful family movie. I hadnt heard about this film, thank you for sharing!


2 Sammy March 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Looks like a great family movie.

BTW that song by Addison Road is one of my favorites, great message


3 Melissa Nunley March 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I hadn’t heard about this but it looks so cute :)


4 Donna C. March 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I haven’t heard of this movie. I watched the trailer and it looks like a great movie


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8 Kristie March 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

It looks like a wonderfully inspiring movie! And a tear-jerker! ;-)


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10 Crystal March 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Looks like a wonderful movie to inspire us all. Thanks for sharing! I’ll keep my eyes out for it.


11 Jill L March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

The movie sure sounds like a tearjerker and I definitely want to check out the CD.


12 Jill L March 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

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13 Melissa March 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

I have been touched by the power of prayer so profoundly this last month as my husband and I have been grieving the loss of our son. I can’t wait to see this movie.


14 Melissa March 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

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15 Gerrie S March 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

I watched the trailer and even shared it on facebook. I almost cried just watching that little bit of the movie so I cannot wait to see this movie. My daughter’s birthday is April 9th so this may be a good b-day gift.
I truly believe in prayer and am uplifted everyday because I know that people of my church pray for me regularly.


16 Elizabeth March 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

it looks like a great movie. even my nearly 12 year old son is excited to see it after watcing the preview when he was seeing another movie last week.


17 Elizabeth March 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

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20 Teresa March 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

We have a close friend whose son has just been diagnosed with bone cancer. Not sure I can watch this right now. I cry during Hallmark commercials!


21 Ilene Mcvea March 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

Looks like a great movie


22 Seanna March 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Thanks for telling us about this amazing film. Can you let us know when the film opens in theaters?


23 Erica March 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hi Seanna – It will open in theaters on April 9th. :D


24 Kari Carter March 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I saw this preview at Winter Jam in Mobile, AL and my son and I can’t wait to see it!!!


25 susan varney March 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

i love to watch this kind of movie mverno@roadrunner.com


26 Nikki March 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I don’t know if I would be able to watch this movie. I might not make it through it. But I want to try.
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27 Marj McClendon March 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Prayers keep me uplifted daily. Health concerns limit what I can do but our God is mighty and I am so glad he is my friend. I can’t wait to go to this movie.


28 Marj McClendon March 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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29 LaVonne March 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Based on your blog and the trailer, I am excited to see this movie. We need more movies like this! Thanks for the chance to win, I do love cards (you can never have too many).


30 LaVonne March 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

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31 LaVonne March 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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33 Tonya March 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

looks just wounderfull


34 Charlotte Winters March 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’d love to see this movie. I was very moved by the trailer. So many movies today leave me empty and cold like Up in the Air… It would be nice to see a movie that made you feel glad you saw it!


35 Mellissa C March 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

I think this movie is very inspirational. I want to see it.


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37 Robyn Popham March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I saw the trailer a few days before reading this blog post. It looks like such a beautiful film. We can’t wait to see it!


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40 Jody March 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm

This looks like such a wonderful movie.


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43 Wendy March 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Prayer is huge. Although we don’t necessarily get the answers we want, the peace that is provided is truly priceless. We recently had a friend pass away from cancer. Without prayer and that peace, I don’t know how we would have handled it.


44 Wendy March 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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45 Angela Hipp March 7, 2010 at 9:14 am

I have teared up just from the movie trailer. I love to see movies like this one.


46 Michele Anne March 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

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47 Marci March 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!
Yes, I watched the trailer. This movie looks great. I’m already a big fan of Facing the Giants and Fireproof. I hope this movie is as good as they were. I think it will target the same audience who is looking for a wholesome family film. I love the quality of this trailer–it looks very well put together. I’m excited to see it!


48 Marilyn L. March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm

It sounds very touching. I suspect I will need lots of tissue for this to watch this one.


49 rlvd March 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

hadn’t even heard of this movie! will have to watch your trailer clip soon; thanks for posting it. i felt the power of prayer and saw God work thru it in the birth and adoption of our son. He is holding us all in His hands. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.


50 Christie March 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

As a mom whose child battled cancer I can’t wait to see this movie and have been following it’s production for months. Thanks for promoting it!


51 Laura March 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

This was filmed at the hospital where my husband works ….we have such love and hope for children touched by cancer. A new foundation to raise research money for these precious kids is in the works right now. I pray this movie is seem by the masses and moves them to seek Our Father! Thanks for such a great give-away!


52 Cheryl fowler March 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I think this movie may be good for my granddaughter and my neice to watch. They are having a hard time dealing with my mom’s (thier grandmother) battle with breast cancer.


53 amy March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I don’t have sound on my computer but it looks very sweet. I am always touched by prayer. Most recently i went to church with some Winter Texans who live downstairs…I don’t attend church because I’m too shy but I want to start for my little one – who is more important then me being uncomfortable. I wish for a particular message in the sermon – and go it!


54 Julie Donahue March 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Wow! What a wonderful story! I had heard about it before, but I hadn’t had a chance to see the preview before today.


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56 Lisa Taylor March 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

I had not heard of this before now but watched the trailer and would love to see it lezanac@yahoo.com


57 erma March 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

I think the movie would be good.


58 Happi Shopr March 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I watched the trailer and cannot wait for this movie! It is so nice to see a movie of this caliber come out. I know that prayers are answered – yesterday my uncle was in terrible shape physically and today after much prayer he is being allowed to go home under the care of his daughter and is doing remarkably well. Praise God for His love, kindness and healing hands!


59 Happi Shopr March 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm
60 Gianna March 19, 2010 at 2:30 am

The power of prayer is very strong.


61 kristy March 19, 2010 at 3:00 am

I watched the trailer. It was very touching and made me think about
the blessings in my life. I will definitely check out the movie


62 Lily Kwan March 19, 2010 at 9:20 am

I watched the trailer. The movie looks very interesting!


63 Lily Kwan March 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

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66 Tracey March 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I watched the trailer and can’t wait to see the movie.


67 Jane Hoh March 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I watched the trailer and almost cried during that short piece. Our family has seen so many people fighting cancer both young and old and this movie can be truly inspirational. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.


68 jendela March 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I would love to see this movie; the trailer looks wonderful. My 10 year old daughter wrote letterrs to God from time to time after her younger sister survived a near drown experience. Wonderful concept


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