I just ordered a copy of this book for both of my daughters.
No, I don’t do this on a regular basis. However, after reading this book, I wanted them to each be able to hear this story.
The book is The God Box. The author is Mary Lou Quinlan.
Mary Lou Quinlan has written a fine book. On one level, the book is about Quinlan’s mother, Mary Finlayson, and her relationship with her daughter, Mary Lou. Yet, on another level, the thread that runs throughout the book is the prayers of Quinlan’s mother.
Her mother regularly prayed for others. Many of these prayers came after others poured out their hearts to Mary Finlayson regarding their problems, worries, and fears. For twenty years, she would write down these concerns on random pieces of paper and slip them inside her “God box.” This was a box in her home in which she placed her petitions to God.
The book is well written and attractive. Not only does it contain numerous pictures of the family, but there are many photocopies of her mother’s prayer requests. To see these prayer requests handwritten on pieces of paper is very moving.
There is much to be said for the book. I especially appreciated the portrait of this mother who, in the course of her life, prayed to God regarding her husband, her children, her friends, and many other people.
“She inhaled a worry. She exhaled a prayer.”
Mary Finlayson connected with many other people in a compassionate and caring way. Family members, friends, and people she had just met poured out their problems and difficulties to her. She in turn took these petitions to God.