Letters to God is a sad movie about a young, Christian boy who is dying of brain cancer. He often writes letters to God telling Him how he feels and talks about his day. This story happened in real life. Tyler’s father, Tyler Doherty, actually wrote the story.
Tyler is in and out of the hospital. His mom is at her end. She just wants to have a normal family life again. A few years ago, her husband passed away forcing her to raise Tyler and his older brother, Ben, on her own. Fortunately, she does have the help of her mother.
Tyler’s letters to God have touched some people’s lives including the postman. Tyler put his letters in the mailbox and Brady, the postman, saw them and opened and read many of them. At the end of the movie, Brady’s life was changed through Tyler’s letters. In the past, Brady has had a drinking problem and has been arrested more than once for DWI. He had also just gone through a divorce recently.
Tyler’s older brother, Ben, is also at his end because he feels that his brother is getting all the attention. He has been waiting for months for his mother to take him to the motor vehicle department to get his license. One day Tyler convinced his brother to write a letter to God to tell Him how he feels. At first he thought that was strange, but eventually he does write a letter. Ben’s mom finds the letter and reads it. She feels bad to know that he feels neglected. The next morning, she threw her keys to him and told him that they were going to get his license. He was thrilled.
Unfortunately, Tyler does pass away eventually but he has left behind a great legacy. His faith and courage were shown all throughout his sickness. He even touched the lives of his classmates at school.
This movie came out in theaters on April 9, 2010. It is now out on DVD. Most people that have seen this movie have liked it. Of course there will always be critics. Tim McGraw promised to show the trailer at some of his concerts because he lost a family member due to cancer some time ago. Although the message is powerful, it is sad for young children to see other kids their age who are dying.