In September 2010, Alejandro learned that Momo, his cousin and closest friend in the family, was suddenly imprisoned. Crushed by his imprisonment and desiring to infuse him with strength, resilience and above all, love, Souza made an unconditional commitment to write Momo one letter each day for as long as he was in jail.
Letters to Momo is the true, remarkable story about the power to overcome told by the collection of all letters written to Momo during his 144 days in prison – intact and in their original state, exactly as he received them.
Uniquely sincere and approachable, the letters´ contemplative style illuminates core truths about the human experience and invites all to engage in profound reflection. Through broad thematic examinations spanning from personal experiences to Persian poetry, and from Nietzsche to cognitive psychology, the letters´ inspirational tone leads us away from the traps of victimhood to reclaim the innate power to author change in our lives.
With the closing words of each letter, “I love you with all my heart, and today, let me walk with you,” Souza holds our hearts and hands as we embark on our own journey of personal resilience, transcendence, and freedom.
Today, let these letters walk with you.
Here is a sample of 3 letters from the book, including the very first letter received by Momo:
In order to publish this book, I launched a crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter. I owe a very special debt of gratitude to the incredible 247 sponsors who financially and emotionally supported the campaign. Thanks to their belief and conviction, I was able to edit and correct the final manuscript, buy 2,500 books for my own distribution, translate the book into Spanish and, finally, donate 200 books to prisons, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters and other centers of support all over the world. They are the ink itself that gave life to this book. With your incredible help, we unleashed an incredible movement to walk together.