Love Letters from the Edge is a unique devotional that provides a voice for millions of women
who have experience trauma and long to hear God’s voice of compassion.

Echoing the laments of the Psalms, the meditations in Love Letters from the Edge
begin with a woman’s honest letter expressing pain to God.
The devotional concludes with God’s tenders words written back to her.

This book offers compassion and a voice for those struggling with trauma while pointing them
toward hope and healing in Jesus. It also offers tools to help people better understand
trauma, PTSD, and mental illness.

RELEASING JUNE 1, 2014 (Kregel Publications)




Love Letters from the Edge has been recommended by The Gathering for Mental Health in the Church (held at Saddleback Church in April of 2014) as recommended reading.

“Only those who have suffered are truly able to understand the suffering of others. And only those who have experienced‎ God’s grace and healing are capable of sharing it with those who need it most. Shelly and Wanda have written a beautiful, honest and gut-wrenching book bringing beauty from the ashes of their own personally painful stories.”
Kathie Lee Gifford, Co-host Fourth hour of the Today Show



“This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever been hurt or suffered traumatic loss in life. Not only do Sanchez and Beach share hard truths with depth and compassion, but as survivors of tremendous pain in their own journeys, they deliver a message of hope with an authenticity and empathy unlike any other. In this book, they have bravely combined their tremendous talents to help heal other wounded spirits and soothe even the deepest scars.
Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move


“If statistics are correct, then hurting people are everywhere. Some acknowledge the trauma or pain they’ve experienced; others don’t. Some have grappled with the impact the event had on them, and they’ve successfully moved forward, using their pain to help others wrestling with similar issues. Others long to move forward but aren’t ready or don’t know how. They need loving support to take the first step and, sometimes, each subsequent step as healing takes place. Each person’s journey is unique, but one thing’s for sure–this book can provide one form of that much-needed loving support. Thank you, Shelly and Wanda, for sharing from your experiences and expertise. Thank you for writing this collection of devotions sure to touch the hearts of the hurting and to promote healing in their lives. You’ve done a masterful job, and I trust this book will bring hope and restoration to those who read it.”
Grace Fox, national co-director of International Messengers Canada and author of Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation


“Love Letters from the Edge is a gift to all who struggle with the brokenness of life. The authors understand our pain. They give truth and hope as they help us know we’re never alone in the valley of suffering and trauma.”
Gary Heim, pastor, author, counselor


“One of the worst feelings in the world is the feeling of being all alone; carrying a secret you fear no one would understand. Love Letters from the Edge assures us that we are in fact not alone. God understands. Let this book voice for you the unspoken pain that runs silent and deep.  And then in its pages hear the tender and comforting replies of the Father who wants each of us to know that we are cherished and adored.”
Steve Siler, Founder & Director, Music for the Soul

“This book gripped me from the first words to the last. The honesty with which the authors approach difficult situations comes only from those who have walked through deep waters. Time after time I was moved to tears followed by an overwhelming sense of God’s presence as the authors move into words of assurance from the Heavenly Father.

“This is a book I will read often and share with the women who come to Dégagé in the midst of life’s storms and struggles. There is no greater gift to give someone than the gift of hope in a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally.”
Marge Palmerlee, Executive Director, Dégagé Ministries


“Love Letters From The Edge contains some of the most wise, frank and courageous prayers you will ever read. Those who’ve survived trauma, abuse or the pain of loss will recognize their own emotions, struggles and questions mirrored in the words of this book. But this is not a one-way heaven-aimed monologue. Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez invite survivors into a two-way conversation between themselves and the Lord of love. Twelve weeks of intimate meditations, Scripture, and questions for journaling or further contemplation, along with multiple appendices packed with useful resources, combine to make this volume the kind of love letter that can speak into the deepest crevices of a hurting heart. Highly recommended.”
Michelle Van Loon,author of If Only: Letting Go Of Regret (Beacon Hill Press, 2014)


“Through a balanced message of truth and grace Shelly and Wanda have created an invaluable gift for those who have experienced significant trauma, disappointment and loss. The reader will gain notable insights into the impact of trauma, helpful tools that will enable those affected by trauma to regain emotional and relational health, and a plethora of wise counsel about how the development of one’s spiritual life can help turn tragedy into triumph over time.”
Sam Beals, President & CEO, Wedgewood Christian Services


“Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez, out of their own painful journeys, have made it abundantly clear that God is available for hurting people. At any given time, we all need encouragement and Love Letters from the Edge will pull us back from the edge when we wonder if God really cares about the deep struggles we’re going through. To some degree, we’ve all been dangerously close to that edge of wondering if there’s hope. Whether that time of life is called brokenness, trauma, or pain, we’ve all been there. These two authors affirm clearly that God is near and keeps His promise to never forsake or abandon us. I’m so glad this is available.”
Kathy Collard Miller, speaker and author of many books including Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries

“This book is a gift. In over twenty years of women’s ministry, I have met a lot of hurting women who have needed a resource like this.  I’m thrilled to be able to offer them the rich truth found on these pages.”
Jill Savage, CEO of Hearts at Home, author 9 books including Real Moms…Real Jesus and No More Perfect Moms


“The inspirational words in Love Letters from the Edge touch the deepest wounds in a broken woman’s heart and demonstrate God’s unconditional love and healing for His daughters.”

Mel Goebel, CEO/Founder
Annie Goebel,President
Daughters of Destiny Women’s National Prison Ministry


Love Letters from the Edge is a welcome addition to the spiritual journey of healing. Let us pray that many will experience the gift within these pages.”
Dr. Alveda C. King, Executive Director of African American Outreach, Priests for Life


Love Letters from the Edge is poignant, gripping, and soul stirring.  This book is a must-read for survivors of abuse and trauma who feel like God abandoned them.  The authors insightfully allow readers to discover the many ways God has walked with them through a painful journey.  Because the authors have experienced trauma, abuse, and abandonment, they write with perceptive understanding of the journey of healing.”
Dr. Beth Robinson, Professor of Counseling, Lubbock Christian University


“When I read a book on a topic like with this, I expect the authors to be sensitive, loving, and knowledgeable. Even if I didn’t know the two writers personally, from reading these warm, transparent meditations I would recognize that they have credentials to write this book: They’ve experienced what it’s like to fall into the dark places in life, and they have use their healing to minister to thousands of hurting women.

“These are more than Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life, which is the subtitle. The authors also offer practical guidance and encouragement, and subtly whisper, “Open yourself to God’s healing—as we did.”
Cecil Murphey is the author or co-author of 135 books such as 90 Minutes in Heaven and Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story. Two of his books deal with the sexual abuse of boys: When a Man You Love Was Abused and Not Quite Healed. He also writes a confidential blog,


“At first I thought Love Letters from the Edge was only for those who have suffered severe PTSD and horrific abuse. While it is that—it’s much more.  It’s for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, invisible, or unworthy; for anyone who has ever felt afraid or forsaken by God. And isn’t that all of us?

“As you read the authors’ startling and intimate conversations with God, you will think Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez have been eavesdropping on your most secret thoughts. They describe the pain, fear, shame and regret we all feel at times and all the ways we try to hide.  But this powerful book brings hope for despair. God Himself applies the healing balm of Scripture through His tender words and gentle assurances. You’ll be equipped with practical steps to move from hopelessness, fear and doubt—to live in the reality of God’s restoration and healing hope.  This is a powerful and healing book you will share with many.”
Nancy Stafford, Actress, Speaker and Author of The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God  and  Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You





  1. Is your book available other then online? I have heard of you through a friend and mentor of mine, Dave Beach. He speaks very highly of you. I was a firefighter/paramedic for over 20 plus years and also taught paramedicine at the college level. I am now on disability, but am also back in college for a career change and eventually hoping to get back into the work force after I’m done with school. I would love to actually meet you sometime when you are in Grand Rapids again.


    Polly McCaul

    • Yes, my book is available at Kregel Bookstore and Baker Book House in Grand Rapids. And if you’d like to meet me, I’d encourage you to come to Baker Book House tomorrow afternoon from 2:00-5:00 for a chat and a signing with me and my co-author Wanda Sanchez. It would be a pleasure to meet you. Dave Beach is a good friend, and if he is your mentor, you’re in great hands. We share the same last name but are not related by blood, but I claim him as a brother anyway. I live in the Grand Rapids area, so it’s possible to meet me at other area events as well, Polly.

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