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The Cross Gardener Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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-Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights...fresh and spiritual."
-Don Piper, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real
"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience."
-Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons
More About the Author
Jason is a columnist for Fox News, TheBlaze, Deseret News and the Northern Virginia Daily. Articles by Jason have appeared in over other 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); The 13th Day of Christmas (2012); The James Miracle: 10th Anniversary Edition (2014); and, Christmas Jars Journey (2015).
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 originally 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 Woodstock. They've lived in the Valley ever since.
Jason is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys.
Top Customer Reviews
Struggling alone is a theme here, but the reader must carry a part of the burden of loss. Wright's mental anguish descriptions cause that. With The Cross Gardener's help, a light can be seen despite the tunnel's length. Perhaps this book best serves those who have yet to abide their own white cross. Only the compassion-less will find it shallow. It's inspirational.
Bevan's grief is set within a Virginia apple orchard. Parallels of struggle are read in "A Grief Observed" by C. S. Lewis. In Wright's new story, Bevan, literally born among road accident wreckage, is adopted by an orchard farmer. Life is good. Love with Emma Jane blooms and a second child is expected soon. Readers are immediately drawn into this harmonious family joy, requiring the reader to make their own emotional adjustments when tragedy strikes. This is not a spoiler; this portion is on the book's dustcover. The book is about the mourning of survivors...and recovery.
Lou Lou loses the will to speak while John fails in his ability to cope. Whys? What ifs? Guilty? Angry? What next? All questions the bereaved face at any age. White apple-crate-wood crosses identify losses. Whose loss? At the accident site appears Cross Gardener, a man revealed only in sparse bits. Mysterious. A literary journey that converts to an internal experience.
Is it mystery? Is it romance? Therapy? Inspiration?
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I've read all of Jason's books and I think this could be his best yet. It's thought-provoking, inspirational, and spiritual but it's also a wonderful love story and has a hint of mystery. This one will stay with you long after you've closed the book and set it on the shelf.
Each and every time you drive by a roadside cross you will come back to this book. You will wonder about the lives that were lost and about the lives that were left behind. Who were they, what were their stories? It will leave you asking yourself, "Who will be my Cross Gardener and who was theirs?"
Having read The Wednesday Letters, I was anxious to read this book. It began as a very simple story of an orphan boy growing up in a loving and hard working family. The boy grows up and marries his high school sweetheart. He continues working the family apple farm. They have a child. Everything is so sweet and loving; and then tragedy strikes. The rest of the novel is about the grieving process. If you believe in the premise that no one dies alone, then you will believe in what the author tries to convey.
At times the story gets too depressing and there seems to be no hope for the main character; that is until he meets The Cross Gardener. Who is this person? Is the gardener real or imaginary? And just when you thought you knew all the answers, you are shocked into learning the truth about life, death, love, faith, and redemption. As I always believed, time heals every wound. You have just got to keep moving on!
John's dream shattered that day. He ignores his child and places two crosses at the spot where his spouse and his unborn died. Everyday he visits the location as he buries himself deeper into his grief. However, one day John finds a stranger painting his crosses. The painter and John talk about life and death. The Cross Gardener begins to help John heal and to remember his deceased loved ones and most important if for no reason other than in memory of Emma Jane, their living daughter as his late wife would expect nothing less from him.
This is a character driven inspirational tale that builds off the grief of why bad things happen to good people. John holds the somewhat thin story line together as his happiness turns to depression and grief when tragedy destroys his dream. With the underlying message that nobody has to walk alone especially when life is at its darkest, sub-genre fans will appreciate Jason F. Wright's strong belief to reach out; as John begins to comprehend that he left his beloved Lou Lou to walk alone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refreshingly different approach to grief. Honest portrayal of grief stages and responses. Narrative dragged some in the middle after a strong start. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Sandra Hurley
This book takes some surprising turns but what happens in the end is something you well not soon forget. If you are a Christian t is a must read.Published 1 month ago by Di
One of Wright’s gifts is his ability to make the reader feel what the characters are feeling—grief, despair, happiness, and/or satisfaction with their lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Grandy
Loved it---I thought I had it figured out at the beginning, and I was right, but it was still a veryyyy sweet story.Published 4 months ago by Jude
A very moving and inspiring read. This is something to share with your family and friends. Oh, and keep the tissues handy.Published 4 months ago by Johnna Hamel
Very moving story. I had no idea where the story would end up but couldn't put it down. Surprise ending.Published 5 months ago by Debra Brodersen
I've read it before and enjoyed it again. It helps to understand the varrying ways people grieve over a loss.Published 7 months ago by Bonnie Groll