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Letters to God

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements
Alcohol/Drugs:Character drinks to deal with pain
Violence/Scariness:Very sad themes of terminal illness
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2010
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: Character drinks to deal with pain
Violence/Scariness: Very sad themes of terminal illness
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010

Director David Nixon is dedicated to telling stories of faith and inspiration. His most recent film is “Letters to God,” inspired by the true story of a critically ill boy who wrote to God to ask for help. But the help he asked for was not for himself. He did not ask God to make him well. He wrote to ask God to help the people around him. His sincerity, spiritual generosity, and faith inspire those around him, including the mail carrier who had been consumed by his own pain and loss.
The sincerity and good intentions of this story help make up for some lapses in its quality. The acting and screenplay are uneven. But the power of its message makes it worthwhile.
I have one copy to give away to the first person to send me an email at with “Letters” in the subject line. Don’t forget your address. (US addresses only, sorry.)


Parents should know that this is a movie about a child who is terminally ill. The effects of his illness and treatment are depicted in the film. A character abuses alcohol and we learn that his drinking problem and a DUI led his wife to leave him and take their child. The movie raises issues of faith and religious practice.
Family discussion: What would you put in a letter to God?
If you like this, try: “To Save a Life” and “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry”

  • L.E.

    I don’t see your email address. How do I email you to get that Letters to God DVD?

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, L.E. It’s Good luck!

  • amanda

    i just wanted to let u know that i seen the movie and it inspired me to ask my wednesday night class to sit and write a letter to God and they did and i am putting them in mail box to be sent to our post office thanks for making this movie public

  • Nell Minow

    Oh, Amanda, how wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Dan

    You can rent the movie on Netflix, or if you have a DVD player with Netflix network hookup you can play on demand, or play on demand to your computer through Netflix. Amazing movie.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Chelsea

    This movie is so inspiring, <3 It makes me cry every time. Every time I watch it I feel so great full, the boy would be my age if he would have fought the cancer, god picks the best.

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, Chelsea. I hope your comments encourage more people to watch this movie.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment natalie

    that movie was in fact the saddest thing i have ever seen i have only seen it 2 times and the first time was a couple years ago and i just barely saw it one instant play and i wtched it with 2 younger siblings they could not figure out why i was crying but i know deep down that this movie is my favorite for the love it exspresses so truely so thank you so much 😀

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, Natalie. It is very sad but the kindness it portrays is very inspiring.

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