Jason F. Wright's Christmas Jars was a magical book. Now, he brings back some of the cast, and retells the story in Christmas Jars Reunion, a sequel that tells about how lives can change with a little "change."
As a baby, Hope Jensen was left in a booth at Chuck's Chicken 'n' Biscuits. Now, twenty-five years later, she lost the mother who adopted her, found her birth mother, and lost two men who took her under their wings. And, both of those men wholeheartedly took part in the Christmas Jars tradition, filling jars with change, and giving it anonymously on Christmas Eve to someone who needed it. So, Hope takes the Christmas Jars as a mission, and her plan this year is to give away 1001 jars.
But, somehow, Hope gets carried away, viewing quantities of the Christmas Jars, and publicity for the mission, as important. She links up with a salesman, Al, who sees expansion of the Christmas Jars as a project with potential. Clark Maxwell, who gave up a baseball dream to come home and take over a furniture restoration business, sees the change in the woman he's grown to love, but he allows her to find her own way. It will take a little girl with her own Christmas Jar to remind Hope of the importance of those single jars.
Jason F. Wright's books are Christmas stories with messages, but the Christmas Jars stories show the power of simple acts to bring about change. If you want a Christmas story with a message, this is a warm, touching one, with a happy ending, preceded by a few tears.
Jason F. Wright's website is www.jasonfwright.com
Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason F. Wright. Shadow Mountain, ©2009. ISBN 9781606411650 (hardcover), 176p.
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