✓ The Prayer Box || â PDF Read by ↠ Lisa Wingate

By Lisa Wingate | Comments: ( 566 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

When Iola Anne Poole, an old timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find than a temporary hiding place within Iola s walls, but everyWhen Iola Anne Poole, an old timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find than a temporary hiding place within Iola s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola s youth to her last days Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.


  • Title: The Prayer Box
  • Author: Lisa Wingate
  • ISBN: 9781414388250
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of than twenty novels Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers Choice Award Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life Lisa and her family live among the tall pines in the Ouichita Mountains.



Comments The Prayer Box

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I first gave the book 4.5 stars, but I realized how much I enjoyed the book as I was retelling the plot of the book to my mother. It's just such a wonderful feel-good book. The kind that leaves you happy when you have finished reading it.The Prayer Box is the first book in the Carolina Heirlooms series. There are also a couple of novellas you can read. I've read the last book in this series; The Sea Keeper's Daughters before I read this one and I was so enthralled by the book that I wanted to re [...]


  • Sarah

    I am not free with five-star reviews. But when a novel leaves me teary-eyed and feeling a step closer to heaven there is nothing to do but hurry out and tell the world HERE is a book worth your time. I love stories that let me come along as characters who are at rock bottom slowly find their way back into the light. Add in a wonderful, old house in need of saving and I'm almost guaranteed to be a fan. But Lisa gave me so much more than a lovely story and rich characters--she gave me her heart. I [...]


  • Jackie

    Once again I find myself wishing for the ability to give a book half-stars. I would give this one 3 1/2 stars. And once, again, I find myself a bit conflicted about a book. While I really did enjoy reading this book, it wasn't /isn't without its issues.I struggled with Tandi. She was so spineless, and yet at the same time, had enough courage to get out of a bad situation and off of her painkillers. She was such a frustration to me that at times I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading about he [...]


  • Miranda A. Uyeh

    This book took some time for me to get into but once I did, it was amazing.Tandi was a wounded woman who had recently broken free to become independent. At first I found myself upset with her because I expected more from her as a mother. But as the story went on, I discovered the root of her vulnerability—this was her first time being independent and she was trying to find her footing. She eventually grew into a strong, admirable woman, beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. I applaud [...]


  • Anna

    Tandi Jo Reese, along with her two children, is fleeing from an abusive husband. She is also breaking her drug addition, fostered by her husband. She ends up in the Outer Banks, the one place of happy memories spent with her beloved grandfather. When her elderly landlady, Iola Ann Poole, dies she agrees to clean out the house in exchange for free rent for the small guest cottage. When Tandi discover's Iola's letters to God, she must examine her own life. Her childhood was one of neglect and disf [...]


  • Virginia

    THE PRAYER BOXBy Lisa WingateI will never be able to look at a cute little box again and think just cute. In my mind and heart, it will hold precious memories. Tandi Jo had been given just such a box when she was a young girl, but over the years it had been lost as she was tossed from family, to foster homes and sometimes to her beloved grandparents. The little box had meant so much to her. Her life almost destroyed many times over, Tandi brings her children to the Outer Banks, running yet again [...]


  • Pamela

    I put off writing this review for nearly a week. Not because I couldn’t think of anything to say. (Those who know me would never describe me as speechless.) I wasn't under time constraints or laboriously engaged. Quite simply, Wingate’s novel spoke to me on so many levels. Frankly, I was overwhelmed, trying to rein in compress all of my thoughts/emotions/opinions into a mere paragraph or two. No sooner would I sit at the keyboard, my eyes would well up and rain; thinking about a lifetime of [...]


  • Serena Chase

    The top three words that come to mind upon finishing this book? Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful.OK, that was one word, but one so true about this story that it deserved to be repeated three times.With a gift for crafting a story that digs into how a person's past can shape their view of themselves and of hope itself, Lisa Wingate never disappoints to deliver a first-class novel. The Prayer Box is just that sort of book. Through Tandi's eyes, we experience the life of a very real woman, shado [...]


  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)

    I really liked the last third of this book. But it took me the first third to get into the story. In all honesty I almost didn't read past 40% on my Kindle because I just wasn't engaged yet. But thankfully I was interested enough in what would happen that I kept reading and discovered the beautiful ending.This book is a story within a story. The present day centers on Tandi who is a young single mother trying to keep her two kids fed. When her landlord, Iola Anne, passes away the church that inh [...]


  • Judy Collins

    A beautifully poignant story THE PRAYER BOX by Lisa Wingate, with a past from one wrong man to another and a controlling one she managed to escape from, as she makes her way to the Outer Banks.(would recommend reading “The Seaglass Sisters- a novella), prior to “The Prayer Box”. Tandi has no joband no means to support herself and her children and she is trying desperately to start over. She has escaped taking pills to drown her problems from Texas and wants to be a good mother and be a bet [...]


  • Staci

    Rich characters are what appealed to me most about The Prayer Box. The main character Tandi comes across as very real. She wants to be a better person, but doesn't always make the best choices. A secondary character is Iola. The reader gets to know Iola through her letters and her story adds depth to the novel. The novel is full of a caring cast of characters and a few losers as well. All of them come across as so realistic. My heart went out to Tandi's son JT. I really liked how the novel ended [...]


  • Kate

    Sometimes an author's work grabs you by the shirt, forces you to sit down and doesn't let go until the end of the story. And sometimes an author, as is the case of Lisa Wingate, gently takes your hand and invites you to come with her on a journey.I really enjoyed Tandi's journey. I love how she learned how she was worthy of love, not because of anything she did or didn't do, but because she is a daughter of God.I absolutely adored Ms Iola Anne, which is weird to say as she was dead by the time t [...]


  • Kathy

    I really enjoyed this moving, easy to read, women’s fiction book. The story got better as it went along, so that by the end, you wanted it to keep going a bit more. Tandi is a woman with a rough past, and you feel for her, but sometimes she really annoyed me with her decisions in life. She would think in her mind about doing the right then, but then inevitably do the wrong. So it took me a while to come to like Tandi, but once I did the book became harder to put down until I found out how it a [...]


  • Sheila Reilly

    I had a slow start getting into the book. Once I reached about 1/3 of the way in I was able to get into it more and enjoyed the second half of the book. I gave it 4 stars for how long it took me to get really engrossed but it did all come together. I read the second half in one afternoon.


  • Aerykah

    I found this to be a surprisingly good, very inspiring read!(Don't have time right now, but I'll try to write more of a review later.)


  • Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee CoxOver the last week, I read a beautiful story from an author I’ve never read before. Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box captured the essence of a lifelong faith in one character (Iola Anne Poole) and the seedling of hope in another (Tandi Jo Reese). There were times I wanted to wring Tandi’s neck for the choices she was making. But other times I wanted to wrap her in a hug and tell her everything would turn out right in the end. And I’m pretty sure I would love hanging out w [...]


  • Jen

    Meh. Got 80 pages in and this is the plot in a nutshell.33 year old single mom, running from a past, has bad taste in men, screws up life, God and good people around her help her get on the right road, HEA, the end.I'm not big on "women's fiction" where it takes the MC almost 300 pages to realize she left a bad situation and just ran back into the same dam thing, hurting her kids in the process. I don't like realism like that is THAT real, followed by a fluffy happy ending. Two stars. It's not w [...]


  • Nancy Baker

    This actually ended up being a touching story. However, I've read so many suspense stories lately and, because of that, I just couldn't bring myself to devote the time I should have to read this story in a day or two. Usually every spare minute I have I'm grabbing the book I'm engrossed in, but I always kept finding something else to do instead. My first problem with the book was that I detested the main character -- a mom who had neglected her children for many years while she fed her narcotic [...]


  • Kathy Rhode

    I really liked this book. I loved the characters and how they developed. How the young mother kind of found herself learning about someone elserough the prayer boxes.


  • Katherine Jones

    Every page of this novel amazed and moved me, often also prompting just a wee bit of envy that so much talent should reside in one single writer.With fresh prose and evocative word pictures, Lisa Wingate moves her readers into the life of Tandi Reese, a single mom with a troubled past who hovers on the brink of change–for better or worse. Tandi’s quest to solve the mystery of Iola Anne Poole’s life becomes the reader’s own. And Tandi’s journey of discovery through Iola’s left-behind [...]


  • Michelle

    I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts were riveting and I identified with the heroine, Tandi. Other times the book seemed to drag a bit and I found myself skimming. It's definitely women's fiction and not a romance. I don't mind stories where there are things tied to the past. I remember going to an attic once when a friend of my parents bought an old Victorian house and finding a lot of cool stuff in there from the 1800s. That part of the story was good. I also liked the interaction [...]


  • Casey

    One generation should teach the next. Sometimes that teaching isn’t done in the traditional form of speaking and sometimes those words come to us in the form of letters never immediately intended to affect our lives.Words are so powerful. I’m constantly in awe of the potency they can have echoing down through the ages. Tandi has so much growing up to do in “The Prayer Box”. I couldn’t help but be a bit frustrated with her at times, but to watch her mature and change into the woman she [...]


  • Kathy Gange

    I truly enjoyed this books. I'm trying to read one Christian fiction novel a month in the summer.


  • Loraine

    If I could have given this book higher than a 5, I would have. It definitely went to the top of my 2017 favorites list. Could not put it down and had to know how it ended. This is a rich, emotional story that brought me to laughter and tears. One of the most inspirational fiction books I have read in a long time. There are so many incredibly wonderful things to say about this book:The dual time line was used superbly to show the grace that was extended to Tandi by God and through Iola's beautifu [...]


  • Julie Barrett

    The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate First wanted to read this book as part of the summer reads for the whole family campaign by JKS communications. Love the setting for this in the outer banks and she recalls being there with her grandparents, closeby the house that was featured in 'Nights in Rodanthe'. There is also talk of the ship that didn't make ti to shore and the wild ponies.She has run away from her husband in TX after having suffered an injury from falling from a horse-and she's attempting t [...]


  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)

    When we are young we are subject to the decisions of our parents. As we grow older we are responsible for our own choices. Many times however we fall into the trap of doing what we know. That is the plight of Tandy Jo Reese. She's grown up with completely dysfunctional parents and ultimately wound up in the foster care system. Things began looking up for her but she continually reverts to doing what she has grown up learning.We pick up the story at the point where she has escaped with her two ch [...]


  • Holly

    I am finding that I really enjoy Lisa Wingate's writing. She takes her time telling the story of life allowing the reader to get to know the main character as well as those around them. The main character, Tandi, was a character that was easy to fall in love with and to root for as she struggled to get own her feet and take care of her children. She is very honest in her fears and her desire to survive.The story was wonderful. As Tandi started reading Iola Anne's letter's, it hit me, "What a won [...]


  • Charmaine

    I really liked this book! However I can't quite rank it with the 5 star books that I absolutely LOVE. If there were a 4.5 star rating, that's what I'd give this novel. The story line is interesting and intriguing and the characters are very well developed. I feel as if I'd know them if I met them on the street! The setting, Hatteras Island on the outer banks of N.C completely drew me in - and now I want to go there! But the very best part about this novel are the written prayers themselves, foun [...]


  • Pattya

    Without a doubt the best book I have ever read. I started with the audio and about a third through it I changed to the ebook version so I could read and re-read parts, especially the letters. I would recommend this book to anyone and especially those who are lost in some way and need something or someone to help them to find their way again. Iola Anne will lead you in directions you won't believe. The history, the sights and the sounds of the outer banks were especially interesting to me as well [...]


  • Yvonne

    This is not a world shattering book, but when I closed the last page, I wanted to read more, probably because I'd love to find what Tandi found. A book of cross generations connections, recovering from a haunted past, and finding courage to make tough decisions.I'll definitely read more from Lisa Wingate.


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