Endorsements & Reviews-
"So how does a minister address the sudden, potentially faith-shattering loss of his adult son, Peter? I wondered . . . In each letter, I heard the soulful humanness of grief calling out. Letters to Peter affirmed and expanded my understanding of the mysterious and expansive nature of faith and of God. The religious and theological underpinnings became universal and philosophical in probing for meaning. What an extraordinary relationship evolves through these letters . . . Father and son become one."
stone sculptor, bereaved parent
"These poignant letters testify to the great affection between a father and son. Mayer's plaintive cry of "how could you?" points up the apparent senselessness of the sudden death of a young person. His lamentation echoes some of the great biblical sorrows down through the centuries. The letters will be of particular help to all those suffering grief and loss, no matter what the circumstances."
--Patrick Howell SJ
Rector, Jesuit Community, Seattle University
Former dean of the School of Theology and Ministry
"Don Mayer's Letters to Peter is not only a touching and very engaging book, it is also a magnificent example of effective grief work. Starting out with sorrow and rage he progresses to serious contemplation of the deeper questions of life, death, and healing. He allows the reader to experience this very personal journey of healing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has or even hasn't experienced this kind of grief and loss."
--Susan Koch, retired schoolteacher
"Some ministers leave people wondering if they are actually real human beings or just someone playing a role. Though we never doubted the reality of Don's humanity, this volume confirms it's depth, grace, and passion."
--Anthony B. Robinson, author of Common Grace
"Don Mayer's eloquent letters to his dead son express many of the conflicting feelings that we share when a beloved person dies: debilitating grief, overwhelming sadness, continuing disbelief, persistent loneliness. But also anger at the absent person, anger at those whose efforts to offer comfort may be clumsy or tactless, anger at God. Gradually, Don's letters reveal a path to acceptance, and even gratitude, through the redemptive power of family, friends, music, prayer, ordinary activities, and faith in the One who has "been our dwelling place in all generations."
--Susan Delanty Jones, retired lawyer and parent who lost a young child