Thursday, August 29, 2013

How To Use a Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate and Giveaway!

It's my pleasure to share Lisa Wingate's newest novel with you guys today...

The Prayer Box, currently on tour with JKS Communications

Page Count: 400
Release Date: September 1st, 2013
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Literary

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper—the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

Click "Read more" to find out what a prayer box means to the author and to win a finished PRINT copy!

The Meaning Behind The Prayer Box



With The Prayer Box releasing next month, I've been fielding a lot of questions about prayer boxes themselves. Some of the most-asked questions involve the history of prayer boxes and how they're used. Because I love to make prayer boxes and give them as gifts, I thought I'd share a little bit about where The Prayer Box came from and how you might incorporate prayer boxes into your life, your gift giving, and your outreach to other people.

This is how The Prayer Box came to be: by accident, if you believe in accidents. I glanced across the room one day, saw the small prayer box that had been given to me as a gift, and a story began to spin through my mind. What if that box contained many prayers accumulated over time? What if there were dozens of boxes? What if they contained the prayers of a lifetime?

The little prayer box that was given to me was by no means unique. I'd heard of prayer boxes, and I knew what they were for. They're either keeping places for favorite scriptures, or they're similar to a prayer journal, only more flexible. Any scrap of paper will do, anywhere, any time of the day or night. The important part, in a world of fractured thoughts, hurried moments, and scattershot prayers, is to take the time to think through, to write down, to clarify in your own mind the things you're asking for, the things you're grateful for, the things you're troubled about, the hopes you've been nurturing.
And then?

Put them in the box and...

Let. Them. Go.

That's what trust is. It's letting go of the worry. It's the way of peace and also the way of God. It's such a hard road to travel for people like me, who are worriers. When I'm writing a story, I control the whole universe. In life... not so much. Actually, not at all. Things happen that I hadn't anticipated and wouldn't choose and can't change. That's the tough part.

Closing the lid on a prayer box is symbolic of so many things. When we give a prayer over to God, it's supposed to be in God's hands after that.

About the Author


Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of 16 books. Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its fifteenth printing from Penguin Putnam. Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.

Recently, Lisa's Blue Sky Hill series, set in Dallas, received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). In 2011, Lisa's Never Say Never won the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award. Pithy, emotional, and inspirational, her stories bring to life characters so real that readers often write to ask what is happening to them after the book ends.

Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, in mainstream fiction. Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational southern fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.

When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

Giveaway!

Want the chance to win a finished print copy of The Prayer BoxOne lucky US-based Books à la Mode reader will! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

You have the OPTIONAL opportunity to gain four extra entries, by answering Lisa's question in a comment below:
Tandi Jo Reese finds many interesting possessions in Iola's house. If someone were to go through your house, what would be their most interesting find?
I have plenty of things that are strange (my eraser collection) and plenty that are downright mortifying (my diaries from seventh grade), but interesting? Hm... I guess it would be my Andreas Eastman violin. I haven't played in a while, but it's gorgeous, and definitely carries a lot of history. What about you?
Don't forget the terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to JKS Communications!
Giveaway ends September 12th, 2013 at 11:59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only. Sorry, rest of the world! Check out the top of my sidebar for a list of current giveaways that are accepting international entires—there are plenty you can participate in!
Although I do select winners, and I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ Plus you get extra entries ;)
Good luck!