I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
Published by Shadow Mountain on October 17th 2005
Where had it come from? Whose money was it? Was I to spend it? Save it? Pass it on to someone more needy? Above all else, why was I chosen? Certainly there were others, countless others, more needy than me...
Her reporter's intuition insisted that a remarkable story was on the verge of the front page.
Newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the remarkable secret behind the "Christmas Jars", glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need. But along the way, Hope discovers much more than the origin of the jars. When some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness, Hope's greatest Christmas Eve wish comes true.
I still have a hard time reading Christmas stories in the summer. This summer I read a few for Christmas in July, which makes it a bit more fun but I’m starting to get ready for Halloween (yes, I’m one of those that thinks about Halloween in July!) so it is still a bit strange. That said, I did read a few Christmas books, and this was the best of them!
If only this tradition could spread around the world. The idea is simple, jars filled with money handed out around Christmas time. The premise of the story comes out when Hope falls on hard times herself, and gets a Christmas jar. As a reporter she wants to get down to the bottom of why she was chose and who started the tradition. Plus the fact that there are always so many negative stories out in the world, she wanted to find out, and share this wonderfully positive experience with the world.
The story unravels as she searches and it slowly comes together. As she is piecing the puzzle together, so can the reader. It’s an adorable story of hope that will make you shed a few tears at the end!
There are some things about the book that I didn’t like. Mostly it is how easily some of the problems are solved, but this is a Christmas book and I think many of the problems are glossed over because we all want to believe in Christmas miracles. Christmas miracles would be better if they happened daily but then we wouldn’t have the wonderful feeling of Christmas. I choose to ignore the negatives and feel that this is a great, feel good book that is wonderful read and introduces a great idea.
In short: If you’re ready for some Christmas reads, I would put Christmas Jars on your list. And then buy it for everyone you know because it’s adorable!
|Overall:||4.3 / 5|
Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The Wednesday Letters (2007); Recovering Charles (2008), Christmas Jars Reunion (2009); Penny’s Christmas Jar Miracle (2009); The Cross Gardener (2010); The Seventeen Second Miracle (2010); The Wedding Letters (2011); and, The 13th Day of Christmas (2012).
Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on faith, the Christmas Jars movement, the Joy of Service, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country.
Jason is from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, while researching Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family westward from northern Virginia to the Valley.
Jason is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys.