Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

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The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is a novel about a young, down-on-her luck, woman, Tandi, and her 91 yr old landlord, Iola. Tandi goes to beg Iola to give her time to find rent money, and discovers the woman dead. The church that inherits Iola's property, including the cottage Tandi's staying in, asks Tandi to clean Iola's house out in liu of her rent.

As Tandi cleans, she discovers a closet full of "prayer boxes" and through the letters to God in these boxes, she gets to "know" Iola, the history of the island, AND the God who Iola loved and worshiped.

When I was younger, I read tons of fiction books "for fun". But once I had kids, my reading time decreased dramatically and in the last 10 years, I've read very few novels. But when The Prayer Box came up as an option to review from Tyndale, I decided to check it out.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In addition to being a clean, entertaining novel, it weaves in the importance of trusting God and having an ongoing personal relationship with Him. The idea of keeping a prayer box is one I hadn't heard before, but I LOVE it!! I *have* kept prayer journals at various times, and know the value of writing prayers down, as a way to keep my focus. the Prayer Box is similar to a prayer journal, but makes it better! With a prayer box, anywhere you are, you can jot down a prayer on whatever paper is handy, and add it to your prayer box. You can include small momentos, newspaper clippings, or photos. You can use pretty stationary, or a piece of scrap paper. This is an idea I plan to use in my own life, and suggest to my daughters.

Tyndale provide me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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