When Hannah Brencher moved to New York City, fresh out of college, she expected that her life would quickly fall into place. She'd find success, love, and purpose easily. However, when the reality proved much more difficult than she imagined, she began to struggle with depression and loneliness. To counter her own feelings, she began writing letters, leaving them all across Manhattan for strangers to find. Then she launched a website, The World Needs More Love Letters, where anyone, across the world could request an encouraging letter. Overnight, her inbox exploded with requests, and the rest is history.
A heartwarming memoir of love and faith from Hannah Brencher—founder of The World Needs More Love Letters—who has dedicated her life to showing total strangers that they are not alone in the world.
Fresh out of college, Hannah Brencher moved to New York ready to change the world. Instead, she found a city full of people who knew where they were going and what they were doing and didn’t have time for a girl still trying to figure it all out. Lonely and depressed, she noticed a woman who looked like she felt the same way on the subway. Hannah did something strange—she wrote the woman a letter. She folded it, scribbled “If you find this letter, it’s for you…” on the front and left it behind.
When she realized that it made her feel better, she started writing and leaving love notes all over the city—in doctor’s offices, in coat pockets, in library books, in bathroom stalls. Feeling crushed within a culture that only felt like connecting on a screen, she poured her heart out to complete strangers. She found solace in the idea that her words might brighten someone’s day.
Hannah’s project took on a life of its own when she made an offer on her blog: She would handwrite a note and mail it to anyone who wanted one. Overnight, her inbox exploded with requests from people all over the world. Nearly 400 handwritten letters later, she started the website, The World Needs More Love Letters, which quickly grew.
There is something about receiving a handwritten note that is so powerful in today’s digital era. If You Find This Letter chronicles Hannah’s attempts to bring more love into the world—and shows how she rediscovered her faith through the movement she started.
Hannah Brencher is a writer, national speaker, and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters. The global community has grown to over 20,000 individuals across six continents, fifty-three countries, all fifty states, and is established on over sixty-three college campuses. Named as one of the White Houses "Women Working to Do Good" and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, USATODAY.com, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other publications. Hannah graduated from Assumption College in 2010 with a double major in Sociology and English, with a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications. For more information, visit HannahBrencher.com or MoreLoveLetters.com.
“If You Find This Letter is the story behind the letters,how they came to be, what inspired them and what’s next for this letter-writingrock star. The book was beautifully written, uplifting and heartbreaking at thesame time.”
“Brencher will make you laugh. Her turn ofphrase, and the letter requests will make you cry, and the idea behind MoreLove Letters will restore your faith in your fellow humans, if it is waning. Itwill remind you that love is strong, that strangers can be full of love foryou, and that, most importantly, we are not alone.”
“Through emotional,real-life—albeit universally relatable—moments set in specificity and passion,these pages describe the crises and self-discoveries that shape us all withpalpable honesty and encouragement. Love is tangible here, as simple as ink andempathy left across hometowns and in each other’s mailboxes.”
“If You Find This Letter is certainly engaging...[Brencher’s] notjust a good writer; she’s an exceptional writer, a fresh voice reaching outacross generational lines.”