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 spanned the last twenty years of her
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 a bit
shocking. As she recalls life with the woman who was her best friend, Mary Lou
also 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
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