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Letters To Ethan: A Grandfather's Legacy of Life & Love

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2010 nonfiction book by Tom McQueen

BOOK DESCRIPTION Letters to Ethan: A Grandfather’s Legacy of Life & Love is a collection of letters written to the author’s grandson on a variety of topics ranging from the spiritual (Faith and Miracles) to the mundane (such as dealing … see full wiki

Publisher: Seraphina Press
Date Published: November 2010
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It's the greatest gift a grandpa can present to his young grandson.

  • Nov 25, 2010
It is really kind of a shame that in the era in which we live the fine art of letter writing has largely disappeared.  In its stead we now have mindless text messaging featuring abbreviated sentences like "RU12?".  That is really too bad because some of the best books I have read in recent years were based largely on the intimate letters between family members.  Such was the case with David McCullough's splendid 2001 book "John Adams" which was based largely on the voluminous letters between John Adams and his wife Abigail.  Likewise, Charles Rappleye relied heavily on the letters between brothers John and Moses Brown for his book "Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, The Slave Trade and the American Revolution".  First-time author Tom McQueen demonstrates just how powerful the written word can be in his amazing new book "Letters to Ethan: A Grandfather's Legacy of Life & Love". Shortly after his grandson was born Tom McQueen made a promise to himself that he was going to be the best grandfather he could possibly be.  So he decided to write a series of letters to young Ethan that his grandson could refer to again and again as he traversed his critical teenage years.  As I read "Letters To Ethan" I could not help but think that I sure could have used advice like this when I was a teenager.  My guess is that all of us could have.

"Letters to Ethan" features nearly three dozen of the letters that Tom has written to his beloved grandson.  Each of the letters covers only one topic and are usually only several paragraphs in length. As such Tom manages to make his points quite succinctly and very effectively.  You will find that Tom pulls no punches as he discusses subjects like greed, drugs and alcohol, forgiveness, adversity and even death.  Meanwhile, Tom also writes about such important matters as faith, vocation, risk, health, friendship, respect, sacrifice and prayerAnd the list goes on.  Tom is not afraid to share his own life experiences with Ethan and freely admits some of the mistakes he has made along the way.  Tom reinforces his lessons with quotes from scripture, from literature and from a variety of well-known people ranging from Kurt Cobain to Winston Churchill.  I found this to be an incredibly effective technique.  Finally, Tom concludes each and every one of these letters with: "I love you, Ethan. Grandpa."   For the rest of his life Ethan will have no doubt about how much his grandpa loved him.

"Letters To Ethan" A Grandfather's Legacy of Life & Love" is an unforgettable book that you can read in just a few short hours.  The book has received the endorsement of both Dick Vitale of ESPN and former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz.  I cannot say enough good things about it.  If you are the grandparent of a teen I would urge you to pick up this book for them.  But do me a favor before you give it to Jason or Melissa.  Read it yourself!   Tom McQueen just might teach you how to open up a dialogue between you and your grandchild.  As I indicated earlier this truly is an amazing book   Very highly recommended!
It's the greatest gift a grandpa can present to his young grandson. It's the greatest gift a grandpa can present to his young grandson. It's the greatest gift a grandpa can present to his young grandson. It's the greatest gift a grandpa can present to his young grandson.

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