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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Lou Quinlan Narrator: Mary Lou Quinlan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469257778
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When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft — until Mary Lou searches for her mother’s “God Box,” her private cache of notes to God on behalf of family, friends and strangers. To Mary Lou’s amazement, she finds not one but ten boxes stuffed with hundreds of tiny petitions that span the last twenty years of her mother’s life.

Note by note, Mary Lou unearths a treasure of her mother’s wishes and worries and insight. Mary asked God for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Her requests, penned on scraps of paper, were presented without expectation — the ultimate expression of letting go.

Follow Mary Lou’s emotional journey as she uncovers her mother’s innermost thoughts — nostalgic, surprising and even shocking. As she recalls life with the woman who was her best friend, Mary Lou discovers her own more empathetic, engaged self — the woman her mother had believed in all along.

Poignantly written and beautifully designed, The God Box is a gift for every mother, every daughter, every person who, regardless of beliefs, trusts in the permanence of love and the power of family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The God Box is such a beautiful story of love, faith and family. It reads, from beginning to end, like an intimate and familiar prayer.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “In the little slips of paper that carry this sweet story forward, all of us can see the love in our own families, the yearnings in our own dreams, and the great possibilities of simple faith.”

    Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

  • The God Box is a book that you will want to keep by your own bed with your own new God Box. Mary Lou Quinlan has told the story of her mother in a way that entertains, moves and inspires. The thoughts about life and values will stick with you forever.”

    Jim Lehrer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Hammer | 2/1/2014

    " short, easy read yet profound in impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Panzer | 1/29/2014

    " Very inspirational and very interesting to read just before mom's anniversary when I am missing her so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Lester | 1/19/2014

    " DON'T READ THIS BOOK, Just open the cover, its your door to going home. When you read this book, its like being home not reading. You will connect with the message. This is more than a story, it will create many emotions while you read. If you enjoy immersing yourself in a book then you will enjoy a visit with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 1/17/2014

    " Love and Life brings much sweetness and sorrow. "The God Box" reminded me so much of our family's journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/13/2014

    " Love this book...think I start my own God box to let go of worries "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenna | 1/11/2014

    " Easy read - lovely story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Cannestra cross | 1/5/2014

    " I loved this book & plan to start a God Box of my own. I have always shared my worries with God & my own Dad who is in Heaven, at night before I fall asleep. But I think this is a great idea & hope to share the tradition with my daughter. On a side note, my farther was diagnosed with the same disease Mary Lou's mother had which struck a chord with me because when my Dad was diagnosed, not to many people had every heard of this disease. I poured myself into learning everything I could about it, I even frequently checked in with the Mayo Clinic for new experimental drugs that might help my father but unfortunately at his age, most drugs were not recommended. Thank you Mary Lou for sharing your families touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 12/29/2013

    " Liked it. A lot. Super fast, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/26/2013

    " I'm making one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalee | 11/21/2013

    " This was an uplifting change of pace (from Dorian, my previous read). Quick, an hour+ to read. warm, heartfelt. Made me want to be a better mother. And maybe start a prayer box/book. I said maybe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 9/13/2013

    " I loved the idea of the God box, but the book was so-so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darci | 8/30/2013

    " The essay that I read by this author was inspiring but the book just didn't have the same effect. It was a little too sweet and I gave up half-way through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Rayborn | 6/25/2013

    " Very intimate look at a family and their spirituality. I loved reading the influence the author's mother had on her family and the lives of others. Appreciated her legacy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 5/30/2013

    " I bought this shortly after my own Mother passed away this year, and I found the book repetitive and honestly quite uninteresting after the first couple of chapters. Perhaps it was bad timing, but I found this to be a very disappointing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr Daphne | 4/18/2013

    " I love this book THE GOD BOX is a very great and high edition of Mary Lou Quinlan i love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/16/2013

    " Love the idea! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Meacham | 3/11/2013

    " True story and quite interesting. The author writes about her deceased Mother who kept a "God Box". She would petition God to help people that she knew and people that she didn't. The philosophy of this activity is inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 3/2/2013

    " A tribute to the author's mother & a wonderful idea. I have started my own God Box using the book's app, and have already added several requests to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 2/3/2013

    " MaryLou's mother had the most wonderful faith. I love that her daughter wrote this book and started something wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/29/2012

    " A clever story, sort of read like a eulogy. "

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About the Author
Mary Lou Quinlan is the author of three books, an inspirational speaker and an expert on how women think and buy. She is the founder of Mary Lou Quinlan & Co. and Just Ask a Woman and appears frequently in national media. Her proudest achievement is her A+ in daughter, and she hopes her mother would be especially pleased with this book. Mary Lou and her husband, Joe, live in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, along with their dog, Rocky.