The God Box {Book Review & Giveaway}

I received a copy of The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan to review. This book came out on Tuesday, just in time for Mother’s Day!

About The Book:

After her mother Mary Finlayson dies, her daughter uncovers 10 of her God boxes spanning over 20 years of her life.  The boxes are stuffed with tiny notes written by Mary, asking and praying for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s new home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Mary’s petitions are presented with love and without expectation. Note by note, author Mary Lou Quinlan unearths insights into her mother’s compassion, faith, and perseverance, and revelations of her innermost thoughts—nostalgic, surprising, and even a bit shocking. And through the journey, the author discovers her own more empathetic, more engaged self—the woman her mother had believed in all along.

My Thoughts:

Though this book is based on a mom’s faith in God, I think that anyone, regardless of their beliefs, would benefit from reading this book. It was an easy read and was split into chapters that could be read in short periods of time. I loved that she tells the story of her mom’s life, and of her own life, using the notes that her mom had written throughout the years. I also enjoyed trying to decipher the handwriting on the assortment of notes that Mary Lou had included in the pages of the book and reading the mom’s heartfelt prayers about everything from small, seemingly “silly” things to life-threatening illnesses.

Reading this book has inspired me to make a God Box of my own. Writing down my day to day prayers would serve as not only a way for me to communicate with God throughout the day but would also help me let go of negative thoughts and worries. Too often I hold on to things without fully giving them over to God and I think that the simple act of putting my concerns into written prayers would let me move past them and not focus on them.

The book also made me think about the memories that I am leaving my children. I’m still in my 20’s but I already have a hard time remembering things that happened only months ago. Leaving bits and pieces of my life behind on scraps of paper would give them an insight into who I was other than “mom” and would share moments of my life that they otherwise might never know.

The God Box Online:


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Giveaway ends May 10, 2012 at 11:59pm Central Time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review but all thoughts are my own.)


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  4. amanda roach says

    i wold love to read this. this is just up by ally. i am a inspirational book fanatic.

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  8. Sandy VanHoey says

    I would like to win for my sister who reads a lot, especially since the loss of her son. I think she would benefit from this book as well

  9. Sandy VanHoey says
  10. i love to read , I shared my books with my daughter who is in a book club at work

  11. I would love to win this and share with others.

  12. I’d love to win it for my best friend who lost her Mom at a young age and is now a Mom herself

  13. The God Box sounds like such an emotional and enlightening read. It reminds me of my own late Mother who had so much Faith in God. She too had a box with her own prayers and desires for her friends and families. I’d love to read it and see what similarities there might be.Thans for this opportunity.
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  14. sandro619 says

    id love to gift this to my mom after i read it too! thank you!

  15. Monja Blue says

    I’ve made several ” God Boxes” and given them to cancer survivors, and would enjoy sharing her mother’s insights and hope!

  16. windicindi says

    This book is one that I would enjoy reading and then passing it forward
    to family and friends! My husband’s maternal grandmother wrote a journal
    for most of her life and the family has read through it many times, since her
    passing…Many thanks, Cindi

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    “Facebook Post!”
    Thanks much…Cindi

  18. I think this sounds like such a wonderful book. Im planning on starting my own journal very soon, I think its helpful to write things down, to remember our thoughts and prayers.. And the thought of leaving my hopes and prayers for my children is very reassuring.

  19. I love these kinds of inspirational books.

  20. I love a good book especially ones that are thought provoking about my faith!

  21. Anita Yancey says

    I would like to read the book just because it sounds interesting to me.

  22. This sounds like a great inspirational book to read. I would then like to share it with my friend who has cancer too.

  23. I would love to read this book with my daughters and pass it on to them. I have been trying to write little messages and prayers about my daughters & our situation since my husband left so that they will have these after I am gone. I am all they have. It is my hope to be around for a while but I’m not doing well and am awaiting a test to see if there is anything that can be done to help. What a treasure of a book. Prayers are the platform for miracles.

  24. What a great idea! Love leaving something for my kids so they will know what happened that was miraculous while they were young! Thanks so much!

  25. cakeblast says

    I’m sure this is a very inspiring book – I would love to read it.

  26. Sounds like a fantastic book to read! I’d love to do just that and then share with my daughter.

  27. penny hyde says

    i would love to gift it to my niece who is a fantastic mom to her two boys.

  28. penny hyde says

    i shared this using the facebook share button as penny hyde

  29. penny hyde says

    i entered the dale and thomas givaway

  30. heather eg kaufman says

    I have a friend that would love this, so I want to win it for her.

  31. Les Johnson says

    I have been wanting to read this book. Seems like a special, inspiring book.

  32. Brittany Burmester says

    I would love to read it myself and I know my Grandma would also love it.
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  34. I would love to read this book because it sounds like an inspiring book. I think it’s important to talk to God even about the little things in life.

  35. amanda roach says

    i would love to win this book for myself. i am never without a book in my hand. i read a new one every 3 days. and this is right up my ally. thanks.

  36. amanda roach says
  37. i would love to read this book because it definately looks like a precious find and seems like it would be inspirational!

  38. I want to read this book. I like reading inspirational books and it sounds like a great read about a mom’s love.

  39. G Bailey says

    perfect mothers day gift

  40. I would love to read this book because I have a very special relationship with my mom. After I read it I will be sure to let here and my sisters borrow it!

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  42. Jessica Davis says

    I would like to give this to my mom

  43. Jessica Davis says
  44. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I would love to receive it and share it when I was done with it.

  45. maryjaco1 says

    I would love to read this book.