The Promise Box made me cry (and why that’s a good thing)

Renee Ann Smith —  April 22, 2013 — 13 Comments

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If you had stopped by my house this weekend, you would have found me crying over the fictional characters from Tricia Goyer’s latest Amish novel, The Promise Box. This book moved me because the heart of the story is the damaged relationship between a mother and daughter. The mother doesn’t understand her daughter’s choices. The daughter doesn’t appreciate her mother’s sacrifices.

And the healing they need almost comes too late.

I lost my mom in February. Though our circumstances differ from Ada Mae’s and Lydia’s, I could relate to the soul-searching that comes when human love doesn’t seem to be enough to repair a fraying bond.

Watching these characters find the answers in Jesus was a beautiful experience.

And I especially love that a simple wooden box filled with letters and God’s promises became the vehicle that helped them communicate.

So will reading The Promise Box benefit you? Yes!

  • Read this book for your daughter.
  • Or your mother.
  • Read this book with them.
  • Discuss what keeps the characters apart and what ultimately brings them together.
  • Begin a Promise Box of your own.
  • Celebrate the people God gave you to love, mentor, and cherish.

(You can read about how my mom and I experienced bonding in her last weeks here .)

What’s also great about this book is that the author knows well the birth mom/adoption experience that the character Lydia goes through. Tricia Goyer is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.

Tricia is a godly mentor to many young women. You can trust her with the teen girls in your life. Connect with Tricia at and read about her service to teen moms, parenting books, marriage advice, homeschooling tips, and much more!

Oh, and did I mention it’s a romance? This is the second book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. As the book blurb says, “Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!” This story focuses on Lydia and Gideon as they meet, become friends, and then realize God means for them to be more than friends—another aspect of the book you’ll love.

A third plus: as a teacher, I really enjoyed the classroom scenes as Lydia begins her teaching career in a one-room Amish schoolhouse.

The Promise Box Tricia GoyerYou can purchase your copies of The Promise Box at this link. ***Thanks to Tricia, Litfuse, and Zondervan for providing a copy for me to review.

More About the Author: Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

13 responses to The Promise Box made me cry (and why that’s a good thing)

  1. Renee, you and I read books the same way – with tissue in hand!

    I had the same response to this book because I lost a friend to cancer when we were only 38 and had 9 kids between us. It took me a long time to heal and learn how to go on again after my world stopped. Reading fiction can be so healing, because as you weep through fictional characters lives, you are able to face some of your own hardships and losses. Sometimes, when the characters find peace and resolution, it sheds a little more light on your own path.

    • You’re right, Mindy. So many experiences come to mind as I read. It is truly a healing process. And we do have much in common. I lost a dear friend (she was like another sister in our family) to breast cancer a few years back & it was a life-changing event for me also. Thanks for adding your thoughts here. You’ve encouraged me!

  2. Ohhh Renee your review of The Promise Box leaves me envious of your being one of the first members if Tricia Goyer 2013 Launch Team, to receive the book. Lucky you and I can’t wait until my copy arrives soon.

    Well written girlfriend. Thanks for showing me the impact a good review has.

  3. Excellent review, Renee. You make me want to read it. My sympathies over the loss of your mom. May God give you peace. Visiting through Titus 2. Love your blog. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

  4. I saw this book in the bookstore yesterday and passed it by. Now I’m going to have to go back and buy it! Thank you so much for the inspirational summary! btw, found you through the Cornerstone Confessions linky. May God bless you generously!

  5. Thank you SO much for the great review. I appreciate you!

  6. Adding it to my list…. thanks for the review. 🙂

  7. My list of must read books just got longer. Thanks you for the review; I really love this one. The topic is revelant in my life too.

  8. Thank you for the review. I’ve not read Tricia Goyer’s books, but have heard a lot of great things about her.

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