The Prayer Box, Prayer Box Series #1   -     By: Lisa Wingate
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The Prayer Box, Prayer Box Series #1

Tyndale House / 2013 / Paperback

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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...

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 385
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414386885
ISBN-13: 9781414386881
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ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist!
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, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper—the 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.

Editorial Reviews

Wingate writes with a sensitivity and lyricism so effortless, weaving a community atmosphere with a comforting story of personal healing
With a careful eye to detail and a beautiful, lyrical style reminiscent of those of Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry, Wingate vividly sets Tandi’s struggles in a once beautiful Victorian mansion now falling to ruin and guarded by a cranky cat in a small town recovering from the ravages of a hurricane. [Starred review]
Relatable characters and vivid portrayals of events both current and historical create an enchanting, memorable pilgrimage into the fullness of faith and love.
Readers will delight in this gorgeously written, true gem of a novel. Wingate has a way with phrasing that makes one stop and savor certain passages because they are incredibly meaningful—not only to the telling of the tale, but to the reader’s own life. Realistic characters and a saga of life, love, and rebuilding make a gorgeous treat. [Top Pick]
Running away from her past, single mother Tandi Jo Reese rents a cottage on Hatteras Island, but when her elderly landlady dies in her sleep, the task of cleaning out Iola Anne Poole’s big house falls to Tandi Jo. Tandi comes across 81 decorated prayer boxes containing notes: pieces of a life well lived. In them, Tandi finds not only redemption but peace with her past. VERDICT Two-time Carol Award winner Wingate (Blue Moon Bay) has written a moving and inspiring story with interesting female characters and a colorful Southern backdrop. A good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Mary Alice Monroe.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Prayer Box
    November 3, 2014
    Cathy
    An excellent book!! I am thinking about giving some of these books and prayer boxes away for Christmas or birthday gifts.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Club Love
    September 5, 2014
    S.A. from Tx
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Prayer Box.
    I 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!
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow start, beautiful message
    August 31, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    The 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]
  4. Spokane, Washington
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Prayer Box
    August 29, 2014
    Teddy
    Spokane, Washington
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  5. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Book and Very Captivating
    August 28, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Prayer Box.
    In 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.
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