There are some books that I receive for review that I start reading as soon as they arrive at my house. Then there are others that I put off for a little while. The reasons vary – I have no time to read that day, my kids are too wild, I have another book on a tight deadline, that sort of reasoning. But then there was a book I started reading and I put it down for later because my kids just wouldn’t understand why Mommy was crying. I had to put down the book and read it later because it is so inspirational and poignant that I read it with tears on my face. The God Box is a wonderfully inspirational story that can fuel new family traditions, ignite faith in a reader, and remind mothers what we’re working toward as we raise our children.
The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan explains in detail the tradition that her mother Mary kept of a God Box – a collection of boxes in which she placed every prayer, request, hope and praise for the last 20 years of her life. Reading the God Box it’s almost as though you get to know Mary herself. When you read how her prayer box affected her friends and family in life and even after in death, it’s inspiring. For me, it inspired me to create a new family tradition similar to Mary’s to put our prayers on paper and give them over to God, and I’m not the only one. You can check out the experiences others have had at The God Box Project. Mary Lou Quinlan’s story of her mother’s God Box has inspired others to create new family traditions, but it is also helping to fuel faith.
My faith has not always been a topic I was willing to discuss. Over the years as I’ve come to know myself better, I’ve grown in my faith. Works like The God Box have helped me to learn how I feel comfortable exercising my faith – it’s not just a cute outfit to wear on Sundays, you know. Reading about Mary, how strong her faith was, and how she used her God Box to minister to her family, friends, and even strangers, I felt an extra rush for my relationship with God. Just the idea of a way to keep prayers in mind by placing them in the God Box, writing to God as a friend or pen pal, and demonstrating her faith to others by telling them they’ll be in her God Box gives me a whole new perspective on what I can do. One of the best parts about this book is that it’s written by Mary’s daughter who can truly describe how her mother’s God Box influence has affected her own life.
As a mother, my goal is to raise good kids who become good adults. Whatever their profession, favorite color, hobbies, or other details turn out, as long as they are good kids, I’ll feel like I’ve done a good job. Reading about Mary through the words of her daughter Mary Lou and hearing how her mother’s tradition and faith experience mattered reminds me that even the little things I do can have a powerful effect on my boys. I want to be a mother like Mary, and though I doubt my boys will ever write of me as Mary Lou has written of her mother, I do hope they turn out well and think of me well as Mary Lou thinks of her mother.
As I suspected at the beginning, I finished reading The God Box with tears running down my face. It is such an inspirational book – and I know just who I will be passing this one on to – that I feel confident recommending it to any mother. Whether you are looking to start new prayer traditions in your own family or not, I feel this book will strike a chord. I will be working on our God Box, and I would love to hear of any readers who start their own God Box, too. The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlon is an inspiring story of a mother whose faith and prayer traditions may inspire a reader in prayer, family traditions, and motherhood.
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I received a free copy of The God Box through the RoleMommy Book Club. This review and the opinions included are honest and my own.
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