The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe For Those We Love

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The Forever Letter by Elana Zaiman thoroughly explains the importance and value of the art of letter writing and its impact on those who give and receive letters. The art of writing a forever letter is based on the Jewish tradition of writing an ethical will. In Jewish tradition, an ethical will is a way to share your values, hopes and dreams, and love and forgiveness with family, friends, and others close to your heart. Like the ethical will, the forever letter is intended to be written to those you love as a way to express these same things. One of my favorite quotes in the book is the opening quote, “What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t reread a phone call.” This resonates on a deeper level, as our whole world revolves around texts, email, and phone calls. Letter writing has become a lost art for many of the younger generations. The intention of the book is to not only talk about the power of letter writing but to also give you the steps and techniques for writing a forever letter and presenting your letter to the intended recipient. Zaiman is extremely successful in breaking down the process and helping the reader figure out where to start. She includes many examples of letters written by and to a variety of people as well as her own forever letters, written from her father to her and from her to her son. The book focuses on things that should be included in your letter, such as following your dreams, expressing gratitude, being positive, and taking responsibility. Zaiman also talks about things that are not appropriate in a forever letter, including family secrets, playing favorites, and encouraging others to live values that they never lived. Mrs. Zaiman has made the book easy to read and filled it with tips on how to lead your own best life, one that others will remember. Her tips on communicating are essential even to those who are not interested in writing a forever letter but rather in focusing on relationships. I love that she includes starting topics and questions as a beginning guide for those readers who may not know how to begin writing their own forever letter. The book reminded me of all of the important and special heartfelt letters that I have received over the years and reminded me that I should be more diligent in expressing my own feelings to those I love. This book is a treasure, and I am looking forward to sharing it with others. Thank you, Mrs. Zaiman, for writing this book and sharing it with us.


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Author Elana Zaiman
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Llewellyn Publications
Publish Date 2017-Sep-08
ISBN 9780738752884
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Issue April 2018
Category Parenting & Families
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