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Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, counselor, and life coach. Her newest release is The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You. She's also wife to Mark, Mom to Lovelle, and Nana to Eula and Clem.

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  1. I have heard it is a beautiful movie. I am amazed as well at how so many times movies, songs, or others struggles can catapult our emotions to previous pain. I have to work up courage to hear/see stories about Cancer like so many who have lost loved ones. Great idea to put together a package for a movie that obviously touched your heart.

  2. It sounds like a great movie. It might be a movie I can relate to, since my husband and I lost our little boy at the age of 4 to a heart problem. The last words he said to me were “don’t cry mommy Jesus will take my hand”.

  3. As a mother…..nothing makes my heart ache more. To see your child sick has to be one of the most helpless feelings in the world.
    God bless them…

  4. I’ve watched the trailer over and over again and I can’t wait for it to come out. What an amazing little boy!!

  5. It amazes me that a five year old and most children can have stonger faith then adults. That is what the power of God can do and it is beautiful.

  6. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this movie or not, but your post & these comments have convinced me- My cousin passed away last april from cancer, It’s almost been a year and we miss her so much!

  7. God is good, all the time. I love to see and hear stories of His unyielding faithfulness and would welcome this as we are in our own battle right now, waiting on Him.
    Thanks for this neat opportunity!

  8. I remember my first patient- he was 5- who died with a smile on his face because he was going to see Jesus. That was over 15 years ago, and I still remember like it was yesterday.

  9. I have been following a few families with little chicks that have written letters-to-God. So sad and encouraging at the same time. I would love to see the movie.

  10. Leaving a comment for Letters to God. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity for tickets. Peace to you!

  11. I have been attending a cancer support group, and this would be an inspiring way to open discussions about trusting God in the midst of a devastating illness. Would love to see the movie and receive the kit, to encourage others through their cancer journey.
    A cancer caregiver, and now a cancer patient…

  12. I would love to see this movie! Thanks for the opportunity to win the tickets! 🙂

  13. This sounds like a very inspiring movie. I know that so many of us have been touched personally by Cancer and have suffered loss from it. I hope this story will help people see God even in those dark times.

  14. I cant wait to see this movie. As a mother of an adoptive child with a terminal disease, I hope to find HOPE in the story that I know God will use in everyone who is willing to see it through HIS eyes.

  15. This is the first I’ve heard of this movie and it sounds lovely. I have three daughters and each has had a friend with cancer. My youngest daughter’s friend went to be with her Jesus a few years ago. I pray God will use this movie to touch many many hearts.

  16. I can’t wait to see this movie. I think we as adults can learn so much from children and their simple acts of faith and trust in God.

  17. I would love to see this movie with my husband and 2 kids. My father died of cancer 4 1/2 years ago, and the kids are just now starting to ask more direct questions (they are 10 & 12, so were very young when their Papa died.) They never knew him when he was healthy as he battled cancer for 8 long years. But I still want them to understand that the time they did have with him was a gift. “Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring…He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it…”

  18. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie. Such bravery in the face of something that adults find so scary. How inspiring.

  19. My 18 year old nephew was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma almost 1 year ago. It has been a ROUGH road – for him, of course, but then for everyone that loves him as well. What I will say is that God remains true to His word, & He does work all things for good. I look forward to seeing this movie!

  20. I am so happy that there are movies like this coming out! There are just to many issues that our society chooses to make “taboo” to talk about. As sad as these things are, we need to talk about them! We need to share, and to feel! We’ve done cancer a few too many times in my family, and no one ever wants to hear about it! I can’t wait to see this! Amen to the little ones who tell their stories…

  21. the movie sounds sad, but I know there will be so many life lessons in there as well. Thank you for the giveaway.

  22. I love to see movies like this– it is so refreshing and encouraging to see more and more media come out with a distinct focus on what it means to have grace and mercy and the loving arms of God wrapped around you throughout the most difficult trials.
    My children saw the preview a few days ago and were enthralled– they are 6 & 8 and talked about how neat the movie looked all the way home!!
    Thanks for the opportunity~

  23. My beloved son, Christopher, earned his wings at eleven months of age. I am somewhat hesitant to see this movie because of the grief that remains an integral part of who I am. Despite this, I intend to see the movie with a friend who has also known the loss of a child. We will focus on the victory and amazing grace–not the pain or loss!

  24. I’ve heard about this movie & really want to see it, but I would love to win this for my cousin. She is struggling right now. She has been in and out of the hospital for a while now. I think she is losing hope. It would be great if she could win this & see the movie =)

  25. I’m really excited about seeing this movie and plan to encourage my three grown kids to see it; only one of them has a child, but our family has gone through the loss of a loved one from cancer and I think the movie would touch us all in a special way, and remind us of what true faith & trust in God is.

  26. pediatric cancer tears at my heart. I spent 2 years as a nurse on a pediatric oncology unit. There were many losses during that time, but I learned so much from the faith of the kids who were battling. They were wise beyond their years and demonstrated true peace of spirit in the midst of so much chaos and uncertainty.

  27. I have seen Letters to God everywhere. What a beautiful story being told. I would love to win this. I know my son would love this too!

  28. I had not heard of this movie until I read this today. I lost a sister to Leukimia when she was 10 and I think this would really mean a lot to me to see this!

  29. I saw a preview of this movie on a recent visit to the theater. Since I loved Fireproof and Facing the Giants, I know that this production co will do a great job with this story.

  30. I have worked as a Hospice Nurse and have seen many peole go to be with hte Lord. I have had the privilege of singing to them, praying with them and their families as they pass. Some of struggled and some have passed as little Caleb did, but God’s mercy reigns. The love and peace of God is more precious to me than anything and I am prod to be His cild. I look forward to receiving this update every day and I find myself more and more grateful for God’s everlasting love. This site helps me become closer andmore intimate with the Father.
    God bless all of you!

  31. Lost my father, uncle, fiancee to cancer. I lost two cousins, one to aids. I was blessed beyong reason working on the film. This film touches everyone in just about any way it can and the lead line “Hope is Contageous” has resounded in my own life! After my fiancee died three years ago, I had lost my hope and I did not know it, now I am proud to say there is life after the death of a loved one(s).

  32. I saw the previews for the movie and was so happy to see a movie about a child and his relationship with God in the mainstream theatres. I would love for my 6 year old neice and 4 year old nephew to see this movie. I believe this young man will bring a messege of reinforcement about God’s love to children. They will relate to the age of the young boy in the movie. I believe this movie will be a huge success and Praise God for the attention that will be placed on knowing God and how He changes lives. Have a blessed week. Love, Linda

  33. I can’t help but think that this will be a very touching movie — having worked for an organization that serves children with terminal illnesses as well as walking through the cancer journey with a friend, I’m sure there will be something in it that will move me. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  34. What a great offer. Thank you!!
    I have lost a grandmtoher, grandfather and aunt to cancer thus far. Mercifully, I have not had to endure watching a child I love suffer in that way. I have never read the book, so I am curious about the movie.

  35. I honestly don’t know if I have it in me to watch this movie right now. We have a friend in our homeschool co-op, the age of my daughter, who is currently battling leukemia and we are praying it will be many happy, healthy years ahead before she goes to see Jesus. I’ve personally lost several friends in the past few months to various forms of cancer. But I’m putting my name out there, trusting that if I win it’s because God has something for me in this movie. I know I would not have the courage to purchase the tickets otherwise.

  36. I am looking forward to taking my grandsons to the movie. Thank you for your devo today.
    Patricia Grable

  37. I saw the previews for the movie and was reminded of some young ones I knew, too, with cancer. I’d really like to see it as a family and I pray, too, that it will touch the hearts of those who see it.

  38. I’ve not seen anything about this movie, but it sounds touching.
    Interestingly, my blog posts over the past week or so have been about letters, so I’m even more curious to read this/see it.
    Thanks for the opportunity for a great give-away.

  39. This is the first I am hearing of this movie. I will share it with friends. Thank you for letting me know.

  40. I have not heard of this movie before today and it sounds amazing! I am very excited to see it!

  41. I would love to see this movie…thanks for your wonderful and inspirational words you provide for all of us readers!

  42. I actually got to go to a free screening of this movie several weeks ago. I was sent some tickets in the mail b/c I was on the mailing list of one of the sponsors.
    I would highly recommend this movie to anyone contemplating seeing it. It’s a great story of faith, courage & hope. It will definitely touch you, whether you know someone with cancer or not.

  43. *crossing my fingers* would be fun to win the books, cards & movie passes! 🙂 Really looking forward to this movie. It looks like a great & inspiring story.

  44. A boy in my school one grade lower than me was taken by God in Grade 6 because of leukemia. It is true that I will never know what his family and friends faced, but he was full of joy and hope each and every last day of his life.
    I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s true, we can learn so much from the little children who just simply trust God.

  45. Looks like a heart-wrenching, but inspiring story. If only more movies were made with a religious theme running through them! Would love to see this movie!

  46. My kids have begged to see this movie. I honestly haven’t decided for absolute certainty if I want to see it. I think your review has me wanting to see it a little more, though.

  47. This sounds like a very inspiring movie. Children and their faith always amaze me. I know that so many of us have been touched personally by Cancer and have suffered loss from it. I lost my father to lung cancer 3 years ago. I hope this story will help people see God even in those dark times.

  48. I first about this movie from my husband so I googled it and watched the trailer. I agree I want to see it also and am looking forward to seeing it with a box of kleened. Thanks for the chance. God’s Blessings!

  49. I just walked by a display of the book a few days ago in our local Christian bookstore. It looks so good! My husband and I spent a week at a Children’s Hospital while our daughter was stayed their after being born (she was born with Trisomy 18 and recently passed). But that place was so inspirational and seeing all of those young lives going through such hardship but keeping a smile on their faces! Children are so awesome and bring such inspiration! I would love to read this book and see the movie!

  50. I know so many who have fought the good fight in the battle with cancer. Thank you for sharing this message of Hope with us and for lifting my spirit every day through your emails. Wishing you many Hugs from Heaven, Mary

  51. I’ve heard much about this movie… I look forward to watching it.
    Thanks for sharing and bringing to light the battle that so many families face.

  52. Letters to God – how fitting to share words of love with our Creator who first wrote love letters to us.
    In joy…

  53. I am looking forward to seeing this movie-do you think it would be appropriate for young children? (Mine are 9, 6, and 5)

  54. I am so excited to see this movie with my family on Friday night…it is wonderful and encouraging to see a Christian movie coming to a local theater….

  55. I can’t wait to see this movie I have herd great things about it and it’s going to be awesome to see God is doing great things by bringing the message of hope and encouragement into theaters nationwide God is good all the time and all the time God is Good

  56. When I heard of the title of this movie, it brought back memories of when my oldest sister Betty died of cancer. It was in January of 2008. I was called to the hospital by my dad because the doctors told him that Betty was slipping away fast. It was a four hour drive for me and I told my dad to tell betty to hang on that I was on my way. I finally arrived at the hospital. I brought with me my prayer diary. My prayer diary was my book that I wrote to GOD in. I constantly wrote to GOD in my prayer diary the while I was at the hospital, which was for four days. I stayed right by bettys bedside. Writing in my prayer daily to GOD really helped me to let the feelings out that were inside me. So, you see why I said that this movie brought back memories. In Prayer, Cherrill Goodwin

  57. I can’t wait to see this movie. I have been following it on facebook. I know it will be an encouragement to my family.

  58. Been there, done that!! Losing your child to Leukemia is EXTREMELY difficult; it is something you never “get over”–you just learn to deal with the loss. But the “advantage” is knowing that a Big part of you is already in Heaven. My daughter went to see Jesus 17 years ago, and I miss her horribly. However, she has been spared 17 years of horrible pain and agony.

  59. My Pastor attended a pre-screening of Letters to God and he told us to make sure to bring along the tissue. This movie especially hits close to our church as several of our church members are battling cancer at this time. Our Pastor’s wife currently is going through Chemo and Radiation and then surgery for Esophegous cancer. I pray that God comforts all affected by cancer and that they can also be a comfort to others facing the same giant. God is bigger than all of it!! I praise the film makers for producing what sounds to be a wonderful family movie that brings out the best in everyone.

  60. I have lost a child at birth…and the loss of a child is that of the worst kind…..I believe this movie is gonna be the one who is gonna give parents the strength to trust in God again and not give up hope…..I can’t wait for it to get to our town….

  61. I know all too well what it is like to lose a child. I know all too well what it’s like to be told “your child has a brain tumor”…inoperable…no real chance of survival. As a single mom that has overcome many things in my life, knowing I wasn’t going to be able to help my little girl was the most helpless I have ever felt. Having to look into the eyes of her identical twin to tell her for the first time in her life she will be alone…horribly hard. My daughter went to be with Jesus in July. Having a loving God that can carry us through any tough moment…priceless!! After 8 months I have nothing but FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE. God is good, all the time!!
    I can’t wait to see the movie!! I will be there with kleenex in hand!!

  62. Posting this out to our church group as a date night movie this Friday night. When they watch the trailer I know everyone will want to come. : )

  63. I can not wait to see this movie. I think it will show us that one little boy can help us see the love of God. I read everything that is posted about this movie on Facebook. I want to get the soundtrack also.

  64. My little 4 year girl has leukemia too. I am sure it will be hard to watch, but I can’t wait to see the movie. This kids deal with so much and are absolutely amazing and strong as they do it. Most days, they are much stronger than us as parents!

  65. As soon as I read this post, I was touched. I had to respond. Your comments made me think about a little boy I met who lost his battle with cancer. One of the most beautiful and lasting memories I will ever have was when he told me he would place his bible outside of his parents door when he heard them arguing. He said that when they came out, they would have to stand on the Word of God. It was so profound, and it still brings me to tears.
    This movie sounds like a real treasure.

  66. The movie looks so touching & amazing….I just love things like this based on true stories! The only problem is that I cry through the entire movie! I cried almost all the way through The Blind Side bc I was so touched by it so I can only imagine how many tissues this one will require!