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The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate



I really enjoyed this book. The Prayer Box is the story of a mom that is trying her best to run away from pain that has haunted her her entire life. In a lot of ways, it's like seeing a train wreck about to happen. Tandi has left her controlling, abusive husband and hit the road with her two children. She ends up landing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Which might seem like an odd place to land, until we discover that this is the one place on earth that she felt safe as a child.
The islands take her in and polish the rough edges so that she can stand and accept the beauty of her life. So many times it appears that Tandi is about to run head long into the past that she claims she doesn't want to define her. It is only through the amazing hand of God that she finds a new way. She is charged with cleaning out the home that has been willed to the local church. What she finds are a lifetime of prayers stored in a menagerie of boxes in a closet. Tandi is drawn to the letters and to the life of the woman that they introduce her to. Through reading the prayers she not only falls in love with the woman who penned them, but with God and herself as well.
The story is one that is very enjoyable to read. And I must admit I got a bit teary eyed at the end. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it, too.  I think I'm going to go find a prayer box of my own.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review. I'm never required to say something nice about the books I review.

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