2014 Christy Award and ECPA Christian Book Award and 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.
Journeys begin with one single step, as Tandi Reese discovers in Wingate s masterful exploration of the road to redemption. Tandi is a single mother of two children with a checkered history. Flight from her adult past leads her to North Carolina s Hatteras Island, a place where she d found comfort during her tumultuous childhood, to a cottage owned by Iola Anne Poole, an older resident and sometime town pariah. When Iola dies, Tandi is charged with clearing the older woman s large house and in doing so comes across spiritual treasures beyond compare. At times both sweet and sad, soul-warming and heartbreaking, the accessible writing style and attention to detail serve to enrobe readers in the love poured into weaving together the lives of Iola and Tandi in a meaningful, rich way. Relatable characters and vivid portrayals of events both current and historical create an enchanting, memorable pilgrimage into the fullness of faith and love.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I thought this was so sweet and wholesome. I think it was such a lovely way to experience and understand faith outside of the context of religion; faith as a way of life, as a way of living and loving.
The Prayer Box
This book was incredible! The history it shared as well as the wonderful characters kept this a page turner for me! It has romance, suspense and keeps you wanting more as you read though this story. The content of each prayer box was a chapter in a wonderful woman's life.
I may consider starting a prayer box of my own!
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
This was a wonderfully, encouraging book of hope and restoration of a broken relationship between a mother and her children.
Realizing that the storms of life can't break us, if we allow God to direct us through the storms! Wonderful!!!