You Read What? Book Reviews: The God Box

Author: Mary Lou Quinlan

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC

  • Imprint: Greenleaf Book Group Press

Date Published: April 17th, 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Won it from Friday Reads via Twitter


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 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 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 belief, trusts in the permanence of love and the power of family.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1


The God Box

The title cover and synopsis does most of the work which in this case is a good thing. A fancy cover would take away from a story that can stand on its own.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 3 out of 5


This was a heartwarming story of a daughter and her relationship with her mother. By the end of the book, I felt like Mary Lou’s mother could be a friend or a mentor the way in which she’s described here. She’s most definitely someone to look up to and the idea of the God Box is a great one because it allows for people to not stress over things that are out of their control. You don’t need to necessarily be religious to have one (could probably put some form of a spin on it to reap the benefits).

I did feel, however, that there was a lot of repetition and I guess the topic or the approach of “what’s coming to mind” could be the reason. I found it to be a tad distracting.

This is a nice and quick read that packs a bit of punch.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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