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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159038699X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590386996
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Beautifully written. I believe The Christmas Jars tradition will change lives." -- Richard Paul Evans, New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and Finding Noel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

Hey, someone needs to make a movie of this, would be a good healthy cry!!!
Rosemary E Decker
The characters are very believable and the basis of the story is a simple one, yet so meaningful.
Dianne M. Munson
The story tells of hope, love, friendship, faith, and trusting in one another.
Molly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Matt J. Kessler on March 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on November 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eve Pike on November 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christine Larsen on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tammy S. Hall on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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