If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell her? If you could equip her for the challenges she would face today, with the Church plagued by scandal and the culture on the verge of collapse, what would you say?
In Letters to Myself from the End of the World, Emily Stimpson Chapman answers those questions, weaving Catholic theology, biblical wisdom, and her own life experience into forty-five “letters” to her twenty-five-year-old self.
Both personal and practical, Chapman’s letters reflect upon sin and grace, the Church’s sacraments and saints, scandals and injustice, social media and prayer, suffering, adoption, motherhood, and much more. Written in real time, during the summer and fall of 2020, while pandemics and riots filled the news and as Chapman and her husband prepared to adopt a second child, Letters to Myself from the End of the World is a faithful guide for pursuing holiness and spiritual maturity in a world broken by sin. It’s also a testimony to the power of grace to heal our hearts, renew our minds, and transform our lives.
Emily Stimpson Chapman is an award-winning Catholic author of over a half-dozen books, including Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body, co-authored with Scott Hahn; The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet; These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body; and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years. She also is the editor of the high school faith formation series Formed in Christ and the author of numerous studies for the women’s ministry Endow. Chapman lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Chris, and their three young children.
“In this beautiful, thoughtful book, Emily Chapman has spoken with candor and grace to the woman I was, the woman I am now, and the woman I hope to be. She sees the wounds that women bear and she points to the only One who can heal them. An invitation to a personal love story that culminates in holiness, these letters are a book of wisdom. This is the guidebook we need for holy womanhood, an essential volume that I look forward to sharing with my four daughters.”
Author and Founder, Take Up and Read
Author and Host of The Katie McGrady Show on Sirius XM
“This is the book that we all need to read at the end of a year that exposed many of our fault lines. You will soak it up like dry earth receiving a spring shower.”
Blogger, Simple Life Musings
“As I process the events of 2020, Emily Chapman gracefully puts to words the scattered emotions I often felt but could not articulate myself. Her heartfelt and vulnerable letters felt like getting a hug from a friend after a long day—or in this case, a long year.”
Blogger, Little Fossi Way
“Every person should own this book—man or woman, young or old. I not only felt like these letters were written for me but also saw the faces of so many friends and family that would benefit from Emily’s vulnerability, wisdom, orthodoxy, and hope. She does an incredible job of sharing the lessons she’s learned, guiding the reader through her own experiences of suffering and joy, on the way to meeting Christ over and over again. It’s the book that should be on every shelf or coffee table and in every gift bag and travel bag. You’ll want to read it more than once! I can’t wait to gift this book to my friends and family.”
Rachel Bulman, Catholic Speaker and Author