Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Prayer Box

by Lisa Wingate
Tyndale House Publishers

Iola Anne Poole has led a rich, long, vibrant life. She has had hopes fulfilled, dreams that have come to life, as well as disappointments known to everyone of the human race. She lived in a large Victorian style house on Hatteras Island, and she has left behind a legacy most of us can only dream of. The complex but unassuming woman has lived a lifetime of faith, and she leaves her story behind on pieces of paper, carefully tucked away in beautiful boxes. 

Tandi Jo Reese finds herself commissioned with the task of cleaning out her landlady's home. She discovers eighty-one decorated boxes, one for every year since Iola was a young girl. Drawn to the scraps of paper, Tandi finds all the fears, hopes, thoughts, and dreams in the form of prayers from one woman that span over eight decades. Compelled to read Iola's story, Tandi temporarily puts aside her dangerous past with all the baggage, and discovers something that will change everything. Will she have the courage to live as Iola did? Or will Tandi succumb to the past?

This is exactly the different kind of story that Christian Fiction so desperately needs. You feel Tandi's pain of the past, and will find yourself completely absorbed in Iola's story. As bits of Iola's story were revealed through Tandi as she goes through the many boxes; I felt as if I was right there alongside her, making new discoveries and changing how I saw things as I read about Iola's life. It's the kind of book that makes you feel as if you are the main character, and you just can't wait to see what will happen next. An important book for everyone's must-read list, The Prayer Box is not to be missed. 

This book was provided by Tyndale Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.

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