When Mary Finlayson dies, her legacy is discovered in mismatched boxes which, when opened reveal dozens of tiny messages, all hand written pleas to God. On handy scraps of paper, more often on the backs of other more mundane letters, Mary wrote down her wishes and worries. Never doubting that God would hear her petitions, Mary continued her correspondence with God, not just for herself, but more often for her family and friends who, when facing uncertainties in their lives would be conscious that Mary was interceding with God on their behalf. When her daughter, Mary Lou Quinlan discovers the contents of the God Boxes, she is sure that her mother's greatest asset is quite simply, love. I thought that this book was enchanting, not just in the simplicity of its style, but, for me, what shone through the narrative was the love that this mother and daughter had for each other. Whilst Mary was the glue that held them together, her lasting legacy to Mary Lou, reinforced the belief that the bond between mother and daughter is unshakeable, and everlasting.
The God Box is well worth reading, and would make a perfect gift for mother's everywhere.
5.0 out of 5 starsStart Your Own God Box and Feel Better!
17 April 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book in two sections over a weekend, and loved every minute. It's a wonderful love story between a mother and her daughter--how refreshing is that???
There are many things I look for when I'm reading a story about someone's life--honesty and truth are at the top of the list. When Mary Lou writes about her great love for her Mother--I know it is counter-cultural these days--but she speaks the truth and it is beautiful to witness. The other part I appreciated was Mary Lou's honestly about her own self and her own emotional growth. When she realized she was changing and growing, after her Mother's death, it was poignant and touching.
Upon finishing the book, I decided what many will decide to do as well: I started my own God Box and it sits on the desk in my bedroom. I'm not a worrier but there are always concerns in life so I put the current concern on a little piece of paper and slipped it into my God Box with a short prayer. By taking this small action, I immediately felt better and lighter.
Mary Lou is one of the most talented human beings I have ever met--her Mother would be (is!) proud--she is a marvelous writer and a fine actress as well. I'm looking forward to the live performance of 'The God Box' theatre piece when it returns to New York City. Brava!
I read this precious little pearl of a book in just a few hours and was so touched by it's message I decided to create my own "God Box" today. I smiled, I cried, I remembered my mother who has passed over from this life many years ago. I recalled how I was the most important person in her life and how much I miss her. I decided to start now to leave a legacy for my daughters and grandaughters. Mary Lou's book is personal for me as I grew up only a few blocks away from her and attended the same parochial school she did. I loved this treasure describing a mother's love for her family and her faith in God to help them with life's everday challenges. I am sure Mary has become God's private secretary up in Heaven recording all the petitions and prayers sent up there by so many of us as she continues to watch over her children. This book belongs in every woman's home beside their God Box.
5.0 out of 5 starsUplifting! Everyone can relate in their own way
15 April 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
What a wonderful story! While I think this book will resonate very well with anyone who has suffered a loss or is facing the loss of an important loved one, particularly a parent, or anyone who has a super close family or always wishes they had one, or anyone that believes in the power of prayer...this story resonated for me on a much more fundamental level. To me, it was a story about something we can all relate to - finding whatever way works for us to "let go". All the stress and worries and cares that we all have and can relate to on a daily basis, if we find a way to let them go, tucking them in whatever sort of "box" works for us, then, not only do we have the capacity to take better care of ourselves, but it unleashes so much more potential to take better care of others as well. Greater empathy for all the worries, known and unknown, of everyone we encounter, loved ones and strangers - what a gift to be able to unburden others in that way, and how easily it can be done.
It's a GREAT gift for a book. Definitely consider for Mother's Day. It's a quick read, but such a beautiful hardback, don't bother with the kindle version. I bought it for myself and then immediately ordered a copy for my friend, a new mom, for her birthday.
Our pastor at Hope City Church did a 4 week sermon program with this book as the main focus. We each got a God Box, with post it notes and sharpie pen. A touching story. I ordered it on Kindle, but will likely get a hard copy to keep on the bookshelf.