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When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spa...
Number of Pages: 385
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iolas rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iolas walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iolas youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paperthe hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.
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Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Slow start but wonderful story!December 15, 2014Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Tandi Jo Reese has fled her abusive husband in Texas with her 2 children to settle in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a town of her childhood. She is very low on funds and rents a guesthouse from an elderly lady. Her landlady, Iola Anne Poole, passes away and leaves her home to the church. A gentleman from the church asks Tandi to clean out Iola's home. While cleaning out the house, Tandi finds out a lot about Iola. The generousity Iola had toward others and her prayers that were written down and kept in boxes. Tandi has not always made the best decisions and it affects her children. Tandi and her daughter are both involved with guys who are not good for them, and her son is often left to himself. Through reading Iola's prayers and meeting people through her son and her new job, she changes into a more responsible adult.
The first part of the book was slow moving, I very rarely stop reading a book. And I am glad I kept reading this one. Once the story line was established and and characters introduced, it became a good book to read. Had it not been for the Iola's part in this book, I would not have enjoyed it. Her devotion to God and her anonymous gifts to those in need it heartwarming.
Cathy5 Stars Out Of 5The Prayer BoxNovember 3, 2014CathyAn excellent book!! I am thinking about giving some of these books and prayer boxes away for Christmas or birthday gifts.
S.A. from Tx5 Stars Out Of 5Book Club LoveSeptember 5, 2014S.A. from TxQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read this book as part of the book club at my church. This book was very well written and believable. The main character's life is transformed by people from the past and the present in a small town on the N.C. Outer Banks. Everyone in my book club really liked it!
i blog 4 books3 Stars Out Of 5Slow start, beautiful messageAugust 31, 2014i blog 4 booksThe Prayer Box is a unique story. Tandi is trying to start over after a series of disasters. Upon arriving in the Outer Banks and discovering treasures in Iola Anne Poole's house, the Lord begins to work in Tandi's life showing her the power of prayer.
I was intrigued by the premise of the story, but found it difficult to connect with Tandi's character. I think that probably contributed to the slowness of the book for me. However, the overarching message was beautiful. And about halfway through, I got really interested in seeing how the book would conclude. [3 stars]
TeddySpokane, WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Prayer BoxAugust 29, 2014TeddySpokane, WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed it; even bought another copy to give as a gift with a prayer box ! Like society the book is not full of 'perfect' characters so you can see them change and grow throughout the book.