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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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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.
bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Book and Very CaptivatingAugust 28, 2014bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In the Prayerbox, Tandi is a runaway mother with two children. She runs from Dallas to North Carolina to escape a painful past to a place she felt safe when she was a child. She finds a home with Iola Poole on a temporary basis but does not allow herself to get to know her. Then, when Iona dies, Tandi agrees to help clean out her home and in doing so, she discovers 81 boxes of prayers. As Tandi reads them, she not only discovers how strong and faithful her landlady was, but how loving God is. As she gets to know her landlady, she makes a decision about what kind of person she wants to be not only for herself, but also for her children. I found this book to be heart-warming and it made me ask myself the same question: what kind of woman do I want to be and what kind of example do I want to leave for my family.
PMayesRaton, NMAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful book!August 27, 2014PMayesRaton, NMAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tandi Jo Reese, single mother of two, chooses to run away to escape her abusive past, abusive relationship, and her dependency on prescription drugs. The Outer Banks seems like a safe place to go. It is the one place from her childhood where she felt safe and she has wonderful memories of time spent there with her grandparents.
Shortly after moving there, Tandi finds the body of her elderly landlady, Iola Poole, who died peacefully in her sleep. Tandi is charged with cleaning out the home and discovers boxes and boxes of letters written by Iola to her Father.
Through the written prayers of Iola, Tandi begins to see glimpses of hope and learns to trust others. She learns it is possible to have new beginnings, and sees the power of forgiveness and prayer at work. I loved this book!
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