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                                                 WANTED:  LETTERS TO GOD

Award-winning writer, attorney, and survivor of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vicki Craig, is writing a series of books to encourage others to overcome the obstacles in their lives and see the blessings in the pain.  The title of her series is Letters to God.  

The New York Times best selling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul has written the Foreword to Letters to God
"Every individual has a story to share and now Vicki Craig connects humanity with divinity by inviting you to contribute to her inspirational and uplifting book of survival, Letters to God.   Be alive and thrive--we are all on this journey together." 
Cynthia Brian
New York Times best selling co-author, TV/radio host/personality, internationally known motivational speaker, life success coach, and media consultant 

Author, nationally known speaker and teacher, President, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and Host of "The Wisdom of Our Yearnings", a public television broadcast, Rabbi Irwin Kula writes:
"Letters to God from all kinds of people from all backgrounds is a breathtaking idea!  Just thinking about writing such a letter expanded my consciousness.   In reading these letters we will discover that beneath our grand and magical, if at times frightening, diversity there is a profound commonality to our hopes, dreams, and yearnings.  Most important, we will realize that we are reaching out to the very same Source."
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Author, Yearnings 
Author, TV/radio host, internationally known speaker, and teacher

Mega best selling author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles, Prescriptions for Living, as well as, numerous other books, Dr. Bernie Siegel has submitted his letter to God.  Below he states why you should also consider submitting your letter.  As Vicki Craig has so aptly written, "dealing with adversity can be truly devastating". 
"People need to understand that life is not unfair.  We all have problems.  It is difficult and when we are taught how to deal with difficulties life gets easier.  And faith is one of those items which helps us to survive."
Bernie Siegel, MD
Physician, #1 New York Times best selling author, internationally known motivational speaker, and advocate
Ms. Craig is seeking letters that you did or would write to God asking for help, expressing gratitude, or even containing outrage at your circumstances and life situations.  All letters are welcomed, the shorter the better.  Letters are welcomed from followers of formalized religions, as well as non-formalized religions.  Letters are welcomed from people with religious affiliations and people who have no religious affiliations.  Letters are welcomed from all over the world from all people with any belief system (faith) and from people with no belief system.  We seek any and all letters.  Again, all letters are welcomed.  Tell us what you believe or do not believe.  Let us hear from you.  

*Between 300 and 800 words
*Double space
*Font:  Times New Roman, size 12
*Include a 100 word bio promoting yourself with your web site and other projects (if     

*You may submit more than one letter and feel free to tell your friends.
*Seeking letters from adults (any age), teens, and children (no age restriction)
All letters will be categorized into twelve groups, because your letter may be published in one (1) of the twelve (12) different series.  Please title your letter(s) as either adult, celebrity, senior, minister, congregation member, physician, attorney, executive, politician, child, teenager, or college student.  Thank you.

Submit your letter in the body of the email to:  
PLEASE no attachments!

Mail your submission to:
Vicki Craig
P.O. Box 1680
Selma, AL  36702-1680

Due to the large volume of letters that we anticipate receiving, you will be notified ONLY if your letter is selected for Letters to God.  There is no financial compensation.  The author of each selected submission receives a 100 word bio.  You retain all copyrights for your work, giving Vicki Craig and the publisher the right to publish your story in all mediums.  You will receive a complimentary copy of Letters to God, and you will be entitled to purchase additional books at a discount.  Contributors will be invited to participate in the publicity campaign.             

*Evokes emotion and engenders empathy from the reader.
*Teaches a lesson by showing us the situation and what the lesson is supposed to be--             
   not just telling us what happened.

*Gives the reader a clear picture of the characters in the story through vivid details.
*Inspires trust and credibility--is believable.
*Ends with a bang, not a whimper.

Seeking letters for the sequel to Letters to God.  Seeking letters from people around the world, especially letters from people who faced the worst ordeal of their lives--insurmountable odds and unbelievable challenges and survived.  Thank you for participating.  We look forward to publishing your letter in Letters to God

Received first letter for Letters to God from Shirley Cheng.  Meet Shirley Cheng.  Ms. Cheng is a miracle survivor.  Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled motivational speaker, advocate, poet, self-empowerment expert, and author and contributing author of ten books, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy.  She mastered up to sixth-grade level in all areas after about 180 days of schooling without prior education and hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.  She is a co-author in the bestselling book series, Wake Up … Live the Life You Love.  She co-authored Wake Up … Live the Life You Love:  Finding Your Life’s Passion, Second Edition (release date 2007) with Tony Robbins, global transformational coach; Dr. Wayne Dyer, TV personality; Brian Tracy, #1 bestselling author; and Gregory Scott Reid, the Millionaire Mentor.  She also co-authored 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2 with Jack Canfield (the co-creator and co-author of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books) and John Gray (bestselling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus).  For additional information regarding Ms. Cheng, visit:  www.shirleycheng.com or view the blog on her book,Waking Spirit: Prose & Poems the Spirit Sings.

Additional information

This book, Letters to God, is part of the Correspondence Series.  It inflects the survivor’s stance.  Letters to God delves into the survivor’s innermost thoughts and beliefs which are communicated to God via a precious letter.  Your letter will be part of this book series.  The letters in the series will contain real answers from people as to how they survived the worst ordeal of their lives.  Chapters will include:  illness, incapacitation, depression, death, divorce, addiction, single parenthood, disasters, poverty, and other challenges incurred.  Letters to God will include letters written by people from all walks of life. 

The letters should denote your religious affiliation (your denomination, your faith, your belief system, your God--a much Higher Power than man).  Who is the God in Letters to God?  God refers to the survivor’s God--the God worshiped by the survivor.  God refers to the God in a formalized religion.  God refers to the God in a non-formalized religion.  God refers to the survivor's source of strength--the existence of any source of strength, whether in the form of a spiritual Being, transcendental, or impetus on self-reliance/self-sufficiency/self-sustainability.  It does not matter who your God is (a Supreme Being, etc.).  It does not matter, if meditation is your guide.  It does not matter, if you solely depend on self.  We just want to hear from you.  Let us know! 

We seek real answers from true survivors.  The letters, which my grandmother and I wrote to God, helped me be a survivor today.  We want you, the survivor, to impart the knowledge of what helped you.  Let us know the important and significant principles, messages, and concepts affiliated with your survival.  Your letter should answer at least one of these questions?  Feel free to answer all of these questions (if applicable).  What important realities of your God enabled you to survive?  What important realities are associated with you as the sole architect of your survival?  What did grandma say regarding God during the ordeal?  What kept you motivated to survive?  What transformed your life?  What helped you?

We are seeking letters from people who faced unbelievable challenges and insurmountable odds, as well as survivor letters relative to:  illness (incurable medical conditions, chronic medical conditions, acute medical conditions, etc.), debilitating medical conditions (incapacitation-limited mobility, disability, etc.), depression, death (death of a spouse, death of a parent, death of a child, death of a sibling, death of any family member, death of a friend, survival of clinical death, death due to a fatal accident, death due to a criminal act--homicide, etc.), divorce, (emotional aspect, financial devastation, impact on children, etc.), addictions (drug abuse and/or alcohol abuse with respect to self, spouse, child, parent, friend, colleague, etc.), single parenthood (single mom-unwed mother) or absent spouse (absent spouse-military deployment, absent spouse-death of a spouse, absent spouse-divorce, absent spouse-spouse in prison, mother/father as head of household, grandmother/grandfather as head of household for grandchildren), disasters (fires, tornados, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, etc.), termination of employment (termination of employment by employer/termination of employment by employee), poverty (homelessness, hunger, etc.), segregation, bankruptcy, health insurance crisis (escalating medical bills with no health insurance), veteran war stories, bad marriage-spousal abuse, out of control children/step-children, teen pregnancy, college dilemmas (failing grades, limited financial resources, etc.), and other challenges incurred.

                      Let us know what you believe and how you survived!
Submit letter.
                           For inquiries or comments, please contact us.
We want to hear from you!

Vicki Craig's essay, I am a survivor! wins Honorable Mention in the 3rd Annual Be The Star You Are! 2006 National Writing Contest.  Ms. Craig is honored to be the recipient of this award bestowed by a God-inspired organization.  Vicki Craig's essay delineates what helped her to overcome the challenges that she experienced with the horrendous, devastating, and debilitating affects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Letters to God is based on her award-winning essay,
I am a survivor!

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On February 12, 2007, Vicki Craig was interviewed on World Talk Radio by Cynthia Brian about
her award-winning essay, I am a Survivor! which she read.  Listen to the archived interview on World Talk Radio at:  http://www.starstyleradio.com.                                                                                           Click on the left side:                                                                                                                                       Star Style                                                                                                                                                               Be the Star You Are!                                                                                                                         

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 Listen until you hear the second segment--the Letters to God interview, or fast forward (move the green   line) until you hear the Letters to God interview.

(A CD of the World Talk Radio Letters to God interview only is available (CD without The Doer or Dreamer segment).

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                                          LOCAL GIRL MAKES GOOD

Vicki Craig knows what it is like to live with adversity.  As a child, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told by physicians that she would never be able to do the ordinary things that other children enjoy.  Not one to give up easily, Vicki took the prudent advice of her grandmother and wrote a letter to God asking for his heavenly guidance.  With courage and determination, she beat the odds graduating from three universities and working as a celebrated attorney.  The beginning of her fifteen minutes of fame arrived when Director, Tim Burton, was casting background players for his movie, Big Fish, in Montgomery, Alabama.  Although the shoot date was rained out, Vicki still reflectively discusses the experience of being treated like a bona fide movie star relative to her wardrobe fittings.  Not long after that adventure, Director, Tonya S. Holly's independent film, When I Find the Ocean, cast Ms. Craig as an extra, as well as harnessed Ms. Craig’s eloquence by offering her a position assisting with production, extras casting, and publicity that landed Vicki not only in the film, landed her name listed in the film credits, and landed her on television to promote the movie.  On May 3, 2005, Ms. Craig was interviewed by WSFA news anchor, Bob Howell, about the film, When I Find the Ocean, an independent movie, filmed in Alabama and produced by Cypress Moon Productions.  On May 8, 2005, the interview aired and Ms. Craig was featured promoting the film, When I Find the Ocean, in the WSFA television news segment, Exploring Alabama.  Ms Craig's affiliation with When I Find the Ocean also landed her the opportunity to gain valuable insight about Hollywood and the film industry.  When I Find the Ocean--DVD release date:  August 2008.  The doctors were right about Vicki--she’s not an ordinary person.  She is an extraordinary hometown celebrity who walks her talk, while encouraging others to overcome their obstacles through prayer, reflection, and good old fashion positive attitudes.  Letters to God is Vicki Craig’s first book and bound to be just the beginning of a bestselling Letters to God series for this vivacious and graced-filled woman. 

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