Letters to The God Box: A Message of Love from a Philly Friend

Anyone who lives in our area  knows that Sea Isle City, NJ was hard hit during Hurricane Sandy. Yet, look at the letter of love and hope I received from a friend who reached out. An inspiration for Christmas as well as for life!

 

Mary Lou,

Greetings from Sea Isle City, NJ! I wanted to share with you the undertaking I started today. After hearing about your book; I was intrigued to learn more about the story. After reading reviews and then finding your web site I embarked on a Christmas project. As the only boy and the youngest of 5 in a typical Philadelphia Irish Catholic family; I decided that I was going to make the God Box a  Christmas venture this year for my wife of 27 years and my 4 sisters. I must tell you that my sisters are graduates of Cardinal Dougherty so this is near and dear to my heart. They graduated in 64, 68, 70 and 73. My beautiful wife is a graduate of Saint Basil Academy and a Philly girl as well. What I did today was I took the dress my Mother wore to our wedding and I am having a dress maker here in Sea Isle make it into 5 individual God Boxes! I have purchased all the copies of the book and looking forward to a wonderful Christmas celebration embracing your work. My Mother died this past January at the age of 90 and was a very young 90 who made many novena’s and prayer request for all of us-life was good when Mom was around!

 

Best Regards,

Jim Curtin

LaSalle College High School 1975

LaSalle College 1979

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  • "A wonderful legacy…Keeping a God Box is an incredibly moving and hopeful ritual that we should all consider adding into our daily lives."
    – REBA, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR, ACTRESS
  • "What a beautiful and profoundly human book....I will keep The God Box in my heart for a long, long time."
    – LAURA SCHROFF, AUTHOR OF "THE INVISIBLE THREAD"
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan has told the story of her mother in a way that entertains, moves and inspires. The thoughts about life and values will stick with you forever."
    – JIM LEHRER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF PBS NEWSHOUR
  • "Mary Lou Quinlan shares her mother’s handmade and heartfelt gift of how to persist, believe and move forward with joy."
    – LEE WOODRUFF, AUTHOR OF "IN AN INSTANT"
  • "The courage and wisdom from the messages left in her mother’s God Box will inspire you to create a God Box of your own."
    – GAIL SHEEHY, AUTHOR OF "PASSAGES IN CAREGIVING"
  • "In the slips of paper that carry this sweet story forward, we can see the love in our own families and the great possibilities of simple faith."
    – JEFFREY ZASLOW, COAUTHOR OF "THE LAST LECTURE"
  • "A beautiful story of love, faith and family. It reads like an intimate, familiar prayer."
    – ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF "EAT, PRAY, LOVE"

The God Box App is shiny new and ready to welcome your cares

December 14, 2017
by Mary Lou Quinlan

Since The God Box book was published in the spring of 2012, so many readers have told me that they started their own God Boxes. I love hearing stories of children creating God Boxes and married couples joining their prayer and cares in a family box. (And my mother would be thrilled!)  A 'real' God box is a constant reminder that we are not in control and that letting go is the first step to finding comfort, hope and relief for life's worries. But did you know that many thousands have gone virtual with their God boxes? To help the many busy ...

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