I am not a writer, and I was not an english major. I just enjoy a good story. “The Prayer Box” is one of them.
Sharing what I do or do not like in a book is something I love to do. So occasionally you will see reviews from me, about books I have read. Then when others are looking for wholesome entertainment they will know where to look.
I am so grateful to everyone who has given me book recommendations.
When I first started attending a book club I was actually a little bit shocked by some of the things that show up in books, usually out of nowhere. My goal in life is to always try to be better. That includes choosing entertainment that will fill my mind with good, POSITIVE things.
For me books can be just that.
Unfortunately, they can also be filled with just as many things that are degrading as movies, if not more. I really wish there was a rating system for books, but I know that goodreads is a good start. For me, it is good friends who love to read, that I know I can trust.
The problem is that books are addicting.
Once you get pulled into one world you want to stay there, and when your book or series ends you need to know where else to go. I try to stick with one author until I read (listen to) everything they have ever written before I move onto another. I know, I’m kind of a dork like that. If you are a reader, how do you know which book to go onto next?
I can honestly say I don’t actually sit down and read much… But I do LISTEN to books constantly.
I generally live a really active life, and don’t sit much during the day, if at all. Although I am trying to change that. I am learning to take more time for myself. Usually my quiet sitting time is used for things like writing, knitting, editing photos, painting and drawing.
Gabe and I have recently started taking turns reading stories to our boys at bedtime. In the past I have read classics such as Mary Poppins, but now I’m in the process of reading them the second book in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
Of course I love being drawn into a good story on my own, and that is why I am so grateful for audiobooks!
“The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate is one of the most recent books I listened to.
I can honestly say that this book took a little bit of time to get me interested. The opening scene was slightly morbid (although not inappropriate), and made me wonder if I should continue reading at all. I also think that part of the reason had to do with the voice reading the story more than anything else.
I know that some people have a really hard time with audiobooks for that very reason. Are you one of those people?
The funny thing is, that right after I listened to this book I listened to “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to stop yelling and start connecting.” by Dr. Laura Markham. That was a book I absolutely LOVED by the way, and will do a review on at some point. But, that book was read by the same actress. The entire time I was listening to it I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t the lost mother from the prayer box trying to tell me how to connect with my kids. 😉 Then I thought maybe it really was her because she did change by the end of the book, and ended up being a fabulous mother.
That’s what this book was all about. Bringing about change in the world.
That included making a change inwardly. Changing things for the better.
The setting in “The Prayer Box” is near the sea, and was so real and soothing to me as she spoke of small town life. There will little shops, and the environment around them made a huge impact on their lives.
The main character, Tandi Jo, also rode horses professionally at one point. I think that maybe that’s another reason why I liked it. I always like that animal connection.
I’m glad I got past the beginning, and the voice reading it. The story was heart-wrenching. It was all about faith, growing, and becoming someone else. Someone different than your upbringing. Becoming more than anyone ever expected you to become.
Choosing good, showing kindness, and making a difference.
All things I am striving for in my daily life. What do you think? Is this a book you think you would enjoy?