But you know what? We have been covered in the Wall St. Journal , all exploring the nature of mothers, both in life and after death. The book garnered bestseller status in the first two weeks on amazon and Barnes and Noble and both the online and brick and mortar stores blew through their stock in a heartbeat. We have gone to a second printing and we are just getting started.
The book is not about one holiday or one life. But about the hopes we harbor for those we love and the way we can learn to let go. I have traveled so many miles and frankly, shed some tears but I sit here a month later and want to say, this is the loveliest journey into understanding women that I have ever taken. No matter what your age is or the age of your mother, losing my mom was the hardest thing I have ever endured. The reason this book grabbed my attention was simply relating to the lost feeling right after Mary Lou's mother passed away.
It is such a fog and you hope to see the one you love walking down the stairs or see them where ever you remember them most. Mary Lou was in the midst of preparing fo My thoughts: I knew I would relate well with the author since I had lost my mom to cancer in Mary Lou was in the midst of preparing for the funeral when her brother mentioned the God Box and Mary and the family went searching to find it. Mary found it but also 9 more! A total of 10 God Boxes from the last 20 years. This story is such an encouragement which reminded me to "surrender. That is just want Mary Lou's mother did.
If she was out to eat with a friend and they had a pain she would find the receipt write down the need and trust God to handle it. Once she placed it in the box it was like her faith rose and she was saying "I no longer will carry this burden as I will place my trust in God. This story was a very quick read as I read it in one day in two 45 minute sessions.
I appreciate the challenge from the author to do a God Box not sure in which way but I absolutely love the idea. I think the biggest reason is just leaving something for my kids to go through and see how God worked things out, healed people, and other testimonies! If you are looking for a great gift for your mom for Mother's Day then I suggest this nice book! Apr 09, Angieleigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: reading-challenge.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
All thoughts and opinions are mine and I wasn't required to give a positive review if I didn't care for the book. Having just finished The God Box, I want to jump in my truck and drive up to my mother's house to give her a big hug and share with her all of the emotions I felt while reading this memoir. And to start my own God Box. Mary Lou's proudest achievement wasn't her career, her marriage, or even being a friend.
It I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. It was being the best daughter she could possibly be to her parents. Looking in the most unlikely of places, Mary Lou finds not one, but ten non-descript boxes filled with the every worry and thought for everyone Mary had come in contact with.
The most inspiring thought I take away from this book is to offer up my worries and cares to God and then let them go. He is always listening and He does answer prayers. Though I may continue to struggle on this journey of letting things go, I will work hard to offer up a prayer and then let it go.
Whatever happens, happens. Before you know it, you'll be looking for your own box to store slips of prayers in. Even if you're not religious or believe in something different, Mary Lou urges everyone to write down a care or worry, slip it into the box, and then release it. It's the greatest lesson her mother taught her. Mar 16, Lisa B. This is a nice little book of pages, with a big message. Still want to worry about it?
Think you can handle this better than God? Out comes the note or that was the threat. I like the book for its strong message about having This is a nice little book of pages, with a big message. I like the book for its strong message about having faith in a higher power. At the end, the author suggests that readers consider starting their own God box. Simple — a jar or shoe box. Fancy — a hand carved wood or fancy inlay box. High tech — she has a website for posting anonymous thoughts. I know I have issues that would go in a God box — do you?
Thank you to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my unbiased review. The books publications date is April 17, Mar 24, Eustacia Tan rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. Ever feel like you have a problem so huge you don't know what to do? Well, give it up to God. To be specific, put in in your "God Box". The whole aim of this rather short book around pages in ebook format is to explain about the God Box.
The God Box is simply the box that the author's mother uses to place her prayers for people in it. It sounds like a simple concept, but by exploring her mother's God Box, the author discovers how the box helps her to express things like Faith, Love, Compass Ever feel like you have a problem so huge you don't know what to do?
It sounds like a simple concept, but by exploring her mother's God Box, the author discovers how the box helps her to express things like Faith, Love, Compassion, etc. How the God Box works is that you have a simple box or any box you like , and you place your prayers in it. In this way, it's an action to show that you're not going to worry about it anymore and you're giving it up to God.
I don't actually know what else to say about this book. The concept of the God Box is used to draw out the relationship between the mom and everyone else but especially the mother and the daughter. It really is a very sweet book. Disclaimer: I got this book from NetGalley in return for a free and honest review. First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Jun 10, Lormac rated it really liked it.
This is not a book for everyone, although everyone would probably be served by the message of this book. Severely cynical types, stay away!! Mary Lou Quinlan's late mother, Mary,is really the centerpiece of this little book.
My hips are uneven, just like hers, but unfortunately, she gave her beautiful curly red hair to Jack instead of me. Sometimes during our conversations I would suddenly say "More! Believing the unbelievable is the first step…more difficult than imaginable…but worth k owing the Lord. Take care. I suggest you deeply look at your resentment and demand for a wife; yes a wife is a good thing, but at the cost of God it is worthless. Excerpted by permission of Greenleaf Book Group Press. As the Mary the mother in the book did I write mine on little slips of paper, etc
A devout Catholic, when confronted with a problem or concerned about someone else's problem , Mary would scribble a short note to God and put it in a little box she called the "God Box. It became an exercise in letting go of the problem, and it also became a symbol of love - when Mary put you in her God Box, you felt her love for you. After her death, her family found the box es and it served the purpose of helping them deal with her death by having written proof as it were of her love for them.
Even if you are not particularly religious, this exercise of recognizing your limitations but also recognizing your desire to support your loved ones in a physical manifestation is a positive thing, and for that reason, I woudl recommend this book to anyone who is open-minded. I received this book when I attended a reading of this book by the author with my own mother.
Really, it was much more a multi-media re-telling of her mother's story than a straight-forward book reading, and the presentation provided a better picture of Quinlan's family than the book does, so if you ever have a chance to attend one of these presentations Quinlan does them all over the country as fund-raisers for local hospices and charities , choose to go. View 1 comment.
Jul 11, Jen rated it it was ok. It was pretty obvious that this volume was put together with layout help from a magazine employee RealSmart , because it felt like a magazine--artsy photo layouts interspersed with the text, lines of emphasis brought out in larger font which I really am not a fan of, by the by; if I've read the regular text, I don't want to read it again in excerpts on the same page , and gloss over the whole.
It's a very quick read, an interesting idea, and very much like a Hallmark film to give you the warm It was pretty obvious that this volume was put together with layout help from a magazine employee RealSmart , because it felt like a magazine--artsy photo layouts interspersed with the text, lines of emphasis brought out in larger font which I really am not a fan of, by the by; if I've read the regular text, I don't want to read it again in excerpts on the same page , and gloss over the whole.
It's a very quick read, an interesting idea, and very much like a Hallmark film to give you the warm fuzzies. One of my biggest blocks to really liking this other than it being, well, warm and fuzzy is that I can't wrap my head around the relationship of Quinlan and her mom. My mother and I don't really get along that well, so to read about a mom basically one step below God if that many in her daughter's eyes was weird and fantastical to me.
So the verdict is that it's cute. There's no profit in going to this on a theological level, or a psychological level, because that's not what it's meant for. It's a celebration of the love of a woman for her friends and family, and that's just nice. Sep 26, Noelle rated it did not like it. Honestly, the original concept and idea of the "God Box" is lovely and the fact that the author would want to eulogize her mother by writing such a book touches the heart. However, that being said, she should have waited until AFTER her mother passed away to read her eulogy to her!
It's not that I wanted to jinx her. I just wanted her to hear how much we loved her. Quite insensitive on Honestly, the original concept and idea of the "God Box" is lovely and the fact that the author would want to eulogize her mother by writing such a book touches the heart. Quite insensitive on the part of her daughter to not think how that might feel to her dying mother. She may as well have just whipped out a copy of "As I Lay Dying" and read that to her as a bedside story.
So thus, all things considered, the book only rates two stars in my opinion. Death is a very difficult subject to deal with, but some empathy, any empathy goes a long way. Unfortunately I feel that the book fell short in that area. Apr 10, Vicki rated it it was amazing Shelves: bolt-from-the-blue. This book is such a great "find" and one that I am sure the Lord led me to read.
My own mother passed away four years ago, nearly five, and what I wouldn't give to have something of this nature to read from her own penmanship and thoughts. I actually have my own prayer journal, but I like the idea of a special box to leave behind for my own children and grandchildren t This book is such a great "find" and one that I am sure the Lord led me to read. I actually have my own prayer journal, but I like the idea of a special box to leave behind for my own children and grandchildren to find one day when I am gone.
Mary Lou's mother simply wrote her notes to God on whatever she could get her hands hold of, so to speak. But what a memory and legacy to leave behind. I think whether or not you are Christian makes no difference as to if you'd enjoy this book. It's not a long book.
Warning: if you've lost a loved one, you just might need tissue.
May 14, Diane rated it liked it. I wanted to like this book better than I did. I think it is such a great idea, that you would have a box of prayers. And the backstory of finding her mother's many many boxes of prayers is also wonderful. The daily and ordinary concerns with which her mother filled the box felt sacramental. But the author's mother felt almost a little too idealized. Other than her mother not being a good cook, she seemed just about perfect. Still, the idea of a god box is worth emulating.
Dec 05, Renee rated it liked it. A very easy, quick read. Wasn't sure what to expect but this book is a beautiful tribute to the author's mother. I very much like the idea of The God Box and appreciate the author sharing her family's story.
May 31, Barbara Landers rated it it was amazing. Very sweet and touching story about her mom's prayers which she put into the "God Box. Jun 30, Mekelle Neathery rated it really liked it. Great story! Puts things into perspective and reminds us to not worry and trust in Him.
Need to remind myself of that Feb 02, Cheryl Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: sherrod-ave-library.
Read this book twice. Reading it at different times in my life brought different perspectives. At first, I thought it was a kind, sweet, enduring read. Now, reading it 3 years after the death of my own mother, it brings joy, a better approach to trials of daily living and a reminder to be more gentle with those I love. Mar 16, Jenn O'Brien rated it it was ok. I think I was expecting a little more inspiration from this book rather than memories of the author's mother. I'm sure she was an amazing woman and had a special bond with her daughter. I enjoyed the concept behind the God Box until the "advertisement" at the end to visit the author's social media accounts.
This book reinforces the fact that God will take care of you although you may not know the plan and feel like he is not, he is you just need to let go of your concerns and put them in his hands. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that she often asked for help and didn't thank God for the good already received. Jun 12, Cashie rated it really liked it. I thought this book was a really thought provoking way to practice the Christian faith.
Short, simple, and down to earth, I found it to be a pleasant and inspirational read. I would definitely recommend reading! Jan 02, Patsygermany rated it really liked it. A well written book about a mother daughter relationship and the finding of Mom,s many God boxes with prayers to God covering many years.
Jan 11, Renee rated it it was amazing. What a sweet, inspiring story! This was a wonderful, quick read. I've started my own version of the God Box. Sep 17, Shanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , religious-spiritual , favorites. This one meant a real lot to me. It reminds me of my own mom who keeps a similar prayer type God box. I read straight through this. A lovely meaningful story. Feb 15, Laurie rated it really liked it. A very quick read Simple and beautiful story that touched my heart and had me in tears at every turn of the page. Going to start my own God Box.
Oct 11, Nikole Hahn rated it liked it. That should have been my first clue. Her mom put her prayers in several boxes found after her death by Mary and her family. I had no objections to the method. The God Box is something I would encourage. We all pray for different people and have our own methods. Some will list the prayers in their Bible or on a piece of paper.
Some write their petitions and leave them behind in prayer rooms or keep them in private journals.
The God Box is a wonderful record kept long after a person passes away to affirm love and answer questions. The prayers left in the God Box were footprints. Like an eavesdropper, Mary and her family read through hundreds of notes and learned more about their mother than their mother revealed while living.