Someday, somewhere, is a dangerous game.
Life is scary. Adulting is hard. When faced with the challenges of building a life of your own, it’s all too easy to stake your hope and happiness in “someday.” But what if the dotted lines on the map at your feet today mattered just as much as the destination you dream of?
Hannah Brencher, TED Talk speaker and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, thought Atlanta was her destination. Yet even after she arrived, she found herself in the same old chase for the next best thing…somewhere else. And it left her in a state of anxiety and deep depression.
Our hyper-connected era has led us to believe life should be a highlight reel—where what matters most is perfect beauty, instant success, and ready applause. Yet, as Hannah learned, nothing about faith, relationships, or character is instant. So she took up a new mantra: be where your feet are. Give yourself a permission slip to stop chasing the next big thing, and come matter here.
“Come Matter Here is a must-read!”
Come Matter Here is the anthem we've been desperately craving—an invitation to start living right where you are.Hannah's story, masterful writing, and passionate guidance will help you leave behind the lie that life is going to happen someday. It's here. You're here. Come Matter Here is a must-read!
— Lara Casey, Author of Cultivate + Make It Happen
“It's. Just. So. Good.”
No one, and I mean no one, can put into words the aches, exclamations, and musings of an every-girl heart wrought with love and faith and pain quite like Hannah can. Thank goodness for the way God has used Hannah’s words and pain and joy. Come Belong Here is one of those books I will set aside for my own daughter one day, as she embarks on her own life looking for a place to belong.
— Emily Ley, Author of Grace Not Perfection + The Simplified Life
Raw, relatable and open-hearted, Come Matter Here will help you answer the questions of purpose, belonging and identity with the compassion and humor of a best friend.
— Shelley Giglio, Chief Strategist of Six Step Records and Co-Founder of Passion Conferences
“I got chills reading in 90 degree weather...”
I first heard about Hannah from a friend, a few years back. She loaned "If You Find This Letter" to me. I ended up having to buy my own copy because I couldn't go any longer without highlighting and circling and underlining the yummy goodness I found in it. That being said, I was super eager to grab a copy of "Come Matter Here!"
Something that I absolutely love about Hannah's writing is that it is honest and raw. It isn't cliche. It isn't covered in elegant, SAT words. It's real. It's her life. And somehow, in a crazy God way, it's your life too.
I was reading this book by the pool one day. A hot, summer day at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. And I came across a line of genius and got chills. I GOT CHILLS READING IN 90-something degree weather. That's the power of her words. Please go buy this book. Buy it for you, and your daughter, and your sister's best friend, and your brother's wife's second cousin who lives in Utah. Read it. Highlight it. And watch your bubble of lonely become a little less small, and your God a whole lot bigger.
“For those who struggle in the dark.”
This book is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in my lifetime. There were several times when I had to close the book and take a minute because the truths that Hannah spoke brought tears to my eyes. for those of us who feel like God just isn’t listening, or we struggle with what to say to God; Hannah reaches out, grabs your hand and says “it’s okay to not be okay”. She shares prayers at the end of each chapter that are so... real. And down to earth. And raw. And honest.
Come Matter Here helps shine a light on the things that we love to keep in the dark because of fear, shame, and a false sense of unworthiness. Depression. Suicide. Self loathing. Hannah talks about all of it in a way that makes you feel like she’s next to you with her arm around you, drinking a cup of tea with you.
This book is what the world needs right now and teaches, among dozens of other things, that your relationship with God is like any other... one you can cultivate, grow, and just be yourself in. I said a prayer last night that began “Hey God. It’s me, and I miss you.” and i have never felt more heard.
Note: Snag a few packs of sticky notes so that you can mark the pages that speak to you. I’m only halfway through the book, and my copy already has dozens of notes.
“Hannah walked me through the woods from afar.”
I literally laughed out loud while the kids I’m babysitting and I all had some quiet reading time. I nearly cried as I felt known in Hannah’s story. So much of it is like my story. I left wanting to dig- into my bible, into my life, and into people. I left feeling hopeful that it is possible to make it out of the woods and to live a life that isn’t run by depression. This is Hannah’s story of depression and coming out of the woods, but, it is not written by depression. Depression doesn’t right Hannah’s story, God does, and I’m starting to believe the same for myself. What a breath of fresh air.
“Do the thing. Buy the book.”
You guys, read this book. Hannah does such a beautiful job weaving her story into a story that we can all relate to. She presents content that intrigues, entertains, and calls you on to growth.
Thank you, Hannah, for sharing your story loudly and for all to hear. Diving into these pages was incredibly timely for me. I was slightly sad to close the last chapter and no longer have it as a daily companion but I look forward to slowly applying the lessons to daily life from here on out.