Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blog Tour: The God Box (Review)

More than a year ago, I stumbled across an article by Mary Lou Quinlan (I think it was this one from Real Simple magazine) that explored her how her mother used a "God Box" in her daily prayer time.

The boxes, simple in design, were found upon her death - were filled with tiny notes (prayer slips) that literally showed how Mary prayed for EVERYTHING that her family faced.

As described by the publisher, "Note by note, Mary Lou unearths insights into her mother’s compassion, faith, and perseverance."

From that original article, Quinlan has unpacked the story further. It is now the basis of a book, The God Box, and it's companion, The God Box Project.

I really liked the concept behind The God Box.

I try to tell my students that prayer is simply a way to talk to God. Like you are talking to your BFF (your Best Friend Forever).

You can tell God everything - and that's truly what Mary Finlayson did.

She put in her God Box everything - prayers for her family, her friends, even a waitress at a restaurant. It is a great testament to a mother's love for her family and more. It shows the prayer covering she placed over those whom she loved.

I like the concept of the God Box. It's like a prayer journal, in a "box." It gives you a way to write down a prayer, and "give" it to God.

On the scale of one to five, I give this book a solid four. It will give you something to think about. It will challenge the way you think about prayer. It will also make you grateful for the things your mom does for you.

Disclaimer: While Quinlan grew up Catholic, the book is more inspirational than "Christian." However, I think it it has something that we can all learn from.

More About The Project
The transformational story of one woman’s care and compassion: When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft—until Mary Lou finds her mother’s “God Box,” or rather, boxes.

These simple containers are stuffed with tiny notes written by Mary, praying for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s new home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Mary’s petitions for friends, family, and even strangers are presented with love and without expectation—the ultimate expressions of letting go. Note by note, Mary Lou unearths insights into her mother’s compassion, faith, and perseverance.

And through the journey, she discovers her own more empathetic, more engaged self—the woman her mother had believed in all along.

About The Author
Mary Lou Quinlan has written inspirational features for Real Simple, O, the Oprah Magazine, and MORE, and other magazines and, is the author of the books Just Ask a Woman, Time Off for Good Behavior, and What She’s Not Telling You. She is the nation’s leading expert on female consumer behavior.

As the founder and CEO of marketing consultancy Just Ask a Woman and Mary Lou Quinlan & Co., she has interviewed thousands of women about their lives. Mary Lou has keynoted hundreds of conferences around the country; has appeared on television programs such as The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and the Today Show; and has been profiled in The New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, and USA Today as well as many other media outlets.

Mary Lou is Jesuit-educated with an MBA from Fordham University. She also holds an honorary doctorate in Communications from her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she earned a BA in English.

She and her husband, Joe Quinlan, live in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania along with their dog, Rocky.

Online Resources
The article that started the journey
Discover The God Box Project
Check out the Reading Group Guide
Read a Sample Chapter of The God Box
Buy it at Amazon
Follow the project on Facebook
Buy it at Barnes & Noble
View the book trailer

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by it's publisher, through the Net Galley's blogger program. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.


  1. Kaylea, Thanks so much for this review. I am so glad you remembered my original article. It has been a great experience to tell the fuller story. Lovely blog! Hands on, Mary Lou

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading your book and learning your mom's story. I appreciate that you took time during your busy launch week to stop by. Thank you!


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