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Christmas Jars [Kindle Edition]

Jason F. Wright
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Book Description

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.

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In a plot reminiscent of Penelope Stokes's The Blue Bottle Club and Angela Hunt's The Note, a journalist happens upon a human interest story that winds up teaching her lessons about love and forgiveness and renewing her own faith in human kindness. On Christmas Eve, twenty-something Hope Jensen is quietly grieving the recent loss of her adoptive mother when her apartment is robbed. The one bright spot in the midst of Hope's despair is a small jar full of money someone has anonymously left on her doorstep. Eager to learn the source of this unexpected generosity, Hope uses her newswoman instincts to find other recipients of "Christmas jars," digging until her search leads her to the family who first began the tradition of saving a year's worth of spare change to give to someone in need at the holiday. Wright commits some rookie mistakes in style and pacing; the novel veers heavily toward melodrama at some junctures, and he tends to show us and tell us about his characters. Still, the heart of this novella is its transformative message about the power of giving, a compelling theme that calls to mind books like Pay It Forward and The Kingdom Assignment.
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Jason Wright is a Master Story Teller!, October 20, 2005
By Kay Lynn

This book is absolutely wonderful -- I had the privilege of reading one of the Advanced Reader's Copies and enjoyed it immensely from page one to the end. This would make a wonderful movie! Jason is a master story teller -- can't wait to read his next book!

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be Christian to love this book March 14, 2007
This is a fantastic little book with a tremendously moving story. We have bought and distributed at least a dozen copies to friends, family and strangers. The story inspires each reader to perform a specific random act of kindness (remember that term?) in the form of a Christmas Jar. Immediately after everyone in our family had read the book and checked out the true Christmas Jar stories on the Internet (don't do so until you read the book), we set up our first Christmas Jar (Chanukah Jar). Imagine, Christian or Jew, it is still a "CJ." Our CJ will be one of our "Mitzvahs" or good deeds for the 2007 holiday season. Every night when we empty our change into the jar, we contemplate who we might give it to this December. Our book gifts have sprouted other CJs and hopefully when the movie hits the theaters this fall there will be a tremendous response and many more CJs for deserving souls.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Little Book, Big Message November 23, 2007
Christmas Jars is a little book with a big message about the Christmas season. In an age when Christmas gift giving has become more of an expensive routine than a heartfelt pleasure for many people, Jason Wright offers an alternative that recaptures the spirit of the season.

When young newspaper reporter Hope Jensen experienced one of those horrible Christmas Eves that are often written about in newspapers like hers, she had no reason to believe that anything good would come from the experience. Getting through her first Christmas without her adoptive mother was going to be hard enough already but, when she returned to her apartment wanting nothing more than to sleep the rest of the day away, things would get worse. Hope found her apartment trashed by burglars, something that seems to happen all too often on Christmas Eve.

Finding herself somewhere between bursting into tears and throwing a tantrum, Hope was saved from doing either when she discovered a small jar stuffed with coins and paper currency that had mysteriously appeared just inside her apartment door during all the excitement. There was nothing to indicate its source or why it had been left for her. Smelling a newspaper story, and in need of something pleasant on which to focus, Hope Jensen decided that she would solve the mystery of her Christmas jar.

What she discovered about the Christmas jar tradition in her town, and what she learned about herself in the process, is the heart of this Christmas story. It is a story about strangers giving gifts to those who need them most, and how those who received the jars on one Christmas often gave Christmas jars of their own to others on the next.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of giving. April 16, 2007
What a wonderful tale about giving and receiving. Perfect for Christmas time. It tells of a little baby that was left inside a Chuck's Chicken and is found by a single woman, Louise, who raises her. Hope one day wants to become a journalist for the paper. Just as her dream is about to come true, her mother passes away from cancer. She is robbed, but the night of the robbery someone leaves a jar full of change.

Curious about who did this kind act, Hope sets out to investigate, and write a column for the paper, hoping to make it big with this wonderful story about others giving jars full of change and money to others. What she embarks upon is something different.

You will shed a tear with this one, and it will stay with you forever. What a neat idea!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classic November 11, 2005
A friend of mine told me about the book so I quickly ordered one for myself. It is just as the back cover says, destined to become a new Christmas classic. As I read, I found myself consumed with not only the story, but the characters. The ending was a bit of a surprise which is not usual for me. The giving spirit of Christmas finds new hope in this book, just as Hope (the main character) finds the kind of treasure that can't be put in a jar.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Disappointed December 19, 2005
I don't usually read Christmas novels, but for some reason I was compelled to read this one. I am so glad that I did. I absolutely love the novel from beginning to end. I was surprised to read the negative comments that were left. Don't let these discourage you from purchasing this book. Some good reasons to buy this book: it's a great book to inspire your family to begin your own Christmas Jar or similar type of tradition; it reminds you that Christmas isn't all about shopping to buy presents for your family and friends, but it's about giving to those who are sick, afflicted, or poor; it helps you understand the effect you can have on the world by performing one charitable act for someone; it's an affordable book; it's a quick and easy read; and it makes for a great Christmas present. It reminds me of the parable of the good Samaritan in which it teaches us that we should give to those in need, regardless of whether they are our friends or not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Jars January 2, 2006
I was very grateful to receive this book as my Christmas gift. I was inspired to reach out to others in need in a unique way. It only takes a spark to get a fire going and I believe this little book is a spark. When reading this little book, it was like being there. I could hear their voices, see the expressions on their faces and feel what they were feeling. I was deeply moved. Thanks to the author, Jason Wright.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Syrupy Sweet
OMG, talk about a sugar overdose. Characters just too good to be true. Ending so totally predictable. Language stilted and not very natural. Nobody talks like this! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Blue Ridge Mountains
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul wrenching
LOVED this story. I intend to start my own christmas jars to make a difference to someone else. This is an inspiring story that will touch your life in the best possible way and... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mary Ann Gallagher
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We sometimes kid ourselves into thinking our choices and actions in life have no bearing on anyone but ourselves this is never true when choices are tempered with love good always... Read more
Published 6 days ago by charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Sunday Read
Sweet, cozy story with a predictable ending - an easy read on a Sunday afternoon.
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Published 6 days ago by Rob Fryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books inspiring story!
Published 10 days ago by Pennyk
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful and awe inspiring tale that warms the heart and ...
A truly wonderful and awe inspiring tale that warms the heart and reminds us all of the true meaning of Christmas and being true to ourselves.
Published 10 days ago by Kristal A. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This was the first Jason F. Wright book I read! It touched my heart & soul so deeply that our family has given away a Christmas jar every year since I read the book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tamala S. Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Holiday Story
Wonderful Story. Loved the ending.
Published 14 days ago by T Socia
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More About the Author

Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author.

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).

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 has been seen on FoxNews, CNN, CSPAN and on many local and national radio shows.

Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks to over 100,000 annually on topics ranging from the value of service, the joy of failure, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics.

He lives with his wife, Kodi, and their four children in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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