A beautifully written memoir of a family whose mother stores hope in a shoebox. As a child, during the cold, dark winter days of the Second World War, the author found hidden beneath a floorboard in his mother's bedroom closet a well-worn cardboard shoebox. At the time he could make little sense of the ragtag things he found inside: cigarette packages, soup-can labels, handbills, calendars, paper bags, pie boxes -- any scrap of paper upon which his mother could copy out, in her old-fashioned handwriting, what seemed to be no more than unrelated snippets of Scripture. He knew only that the box, which he would later come to think of as the Shoebox Bible, had something to do with the fact that his father had run away from home. Many years would pass, and his mother would be on her deathbed before he would once again hold this treasure in his hands. And only then would he put together the pieces of the puzzle, and learn the complete truth. Beautifully and lovingly told,The Shoebox Bibleis a wonderful memoir of a precocious family who manage to live and love despite the absence of their father. Interspersed with heartbreaking quotations from the Old and New Testaments, this sad, funny, and above all inspiring story will appeal to readers who fell in love with such inspirational books asTuesdays with MorrieandMister God, This Is Anna.