Friday, August 9, 2013

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

This is a novel that I surely enjoyed. Lisa has a whimsical writing style. Through her writing it's easy to envision the surroundings. She has a gift of bringing the reader right into the scene to not only see the surroundings but to understand them and feel emotion right along with the characters. Lisa's characters jump to life right off the pages. 

I love the idea of keeping prayer box. This is something I have heard of many times. I just never thought of it as keeping a journal of my walk with Christ for others to someday see and come to grow in faith. I LOVE this idea and this is just what Lisa brings to us in her newest novel, "The Prayer Box". Through reading Lisa's latest release I am eager to begin my own prayer box. What a great gift a prayer box would make for a friend. 

Iola Anne Poole has kept a prayer box her entire Christian life. This is a character I grew to love by reading her prayers through Tandi Jo Reese. Tandi Jo is a tenant, living with her children, in a rented cabin of Iola's. Tandi Jo receives much more than she ever expected. But isn't this just how the Lord works? She is trying to make it on her own and make a home for her children. Iola passes away and it's Tandi who finds her. As Tandi now believes she is about to be without a home, something miraculous happens. She is asked to take on cleaning out the home of Iola. Tandi finds treasure she never expected. She finds the prayer boxes Iola has left behind. 

What I love about this story is how one woman's life not only touches another, but brings change. Iola lived her life serving a God she loved. She served in secret and had a few secrets of her own. She was forgiving and as we see, a mighty prayer warrior. The town never quite knew all about Iola, but judged her as if they did. Iola's legacy lives on through her prayer box and through the lives of those who now know her from them.

This is one of those sweet reads that brings redemption and new life. It is a story that is sure to bless the reader. I love walking away from a book that changes me and encourages my walk with the Lord. This is one to grab up for a great lazy day summer read. 

This novel was a gift from Tyndale for sharing my review with you. 

Lisa Wingate is a magazine columnist, speaker, and the author of nineteen mainstream novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its eighteenth printing.  She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel, Blue Moon Bay, was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.  When not dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read. - See more at: Read more about Lisa at:

"The Prayer Box" is to be released September 1. You can pre-order your copy today on Amazon.


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