The Prayer Box tells the story of Tandi Jo Reese, fleeing a difficult past and making a new life in the Outer Banks. When her landlady, Iola Anne Poole, passes away, she is tasked with cleaning up the place, and discovers a lifetime of prayers, written as letters to her Father and tucked into 81 boxes (one a year from the year she started). As she reads these letters, it changes her perspective of Iola, herself, and God.
This was a beautifully written book that left me sighing and with that wonderful "feel good" feeling at the end. I loved the author's Note at the end and her inspiration for the story, and her encouragement to start your own prayer boxes. What a wonder to have a lifetime of prayers recorded! Just think, to be able to look back and see the development of your relationship with God, and His faithfulness throughout your life. Wow!
What a wonderful story! I really loved it. Tandi, although the mother of a teenaged girl and an elementary aged boy, acts like a teen. She is almost penniless, lives for parties, drops everything for a boyfriend and in the past has used drugs to escape reality. Her daughter parents both herself and her younger brother. Yet, with the death of her landlord, Iola Anne Poole, Tandi is given the opportunity to help clean out the main house and in doing so discovers the real Iola. As Tandi learns about Iola she changes and becomes a better mother and person. She has lots of opportunities to derail - her sister's arrival, her boyfriend's possessiveness, her daughter's rebellion - but as she grows as a person she learns real truth, "All my life, I'd let the ties of blood control me, limit me, define me, yet I'd ignored the ties of love."
I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed watching Tandi go from a self-centered terrible mother to a caring, sacrificing, community woman. And I thought the surprise ending was great.
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is an amazing story about a young mother, Tandi Reese, who flees from her abusive boyfriend in California to Hatteras Island with her two children in early March. Virtually penniless, Tandi rented a small cottage on the grounds of an historic manor house, put her children in school, and found a job as a sales clerk in a gift shop. In her free time she explored the manor house, finding prayer boxes with notes she read. Would she get caught and kicked out of her cottage? How would the arrival of her sister affect her? What bad thing did her sister do? How and why was the manor house threatened? What could she do to stop the threat? What truth about herself did she discover?
Such a wonderful story, very well written. To think that a person's prayers could touch lives in such a dramatic way not only while they're alive but also after they've passed on makes me want to bring new vigor to my own prayer life.