Christmas Jars

Christmas Jars

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by Jason F. Wright, Jason F. Wright
     
 

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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

Overview

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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Journalist Hope Jensen is devastated when her adoptive mother dies from ovarian cancer shortly after Christmas. Adding to her woes, her apartment is broken into and all of her emergency cash stolen. Hope then discovers that someone has left her a gift-a glass mason jar labeled "Christmas Jar," filled with money. Using her investigative skills, she learns that in recent years, several people have reported receiving these mysterious jars in times of need. Hope's search leads her to the Maxwell family and their generous Christmas tradition-and to some truths about her birth mother. In the tradition of Catherine Ryan Hyde's Pay It Forward, Wright's holiday novel could inspire others to Christmas generosity. Recommended for paperback collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590386774
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
4.82(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.94(d)

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Christmas Jars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Kenneth_S More than 1 year ago
I found the subject matter of this book to be inspiring and worthy, with maybe a bit too much of a feel-good nature to it. To elaborate, picture someone writing a book that detailed how a number of really good people won the lottery, got that big promotion or found true love while several bad people all received the bad fate that they deserved....it's all a bit too idealistic. Life isn't usually that just. Although that sounds like a bad review of the content of this book, it isn't. And this book isn't as over-the-top sunshine and lollipops as my example. I found the book to be very uplifting and it has a way of cheering you up and making you feel good; like there's still good in this world. And in a "pay it forward" kind of way, even though I never received this type of a random act of kindness, I was inspired to start my own Christmas Jar. I lent the book to a coworker and she also started her own. I decided to do it a bit differently than the book portrays - I'll do a little research to ensure that the recipient is truly needing and deserving (I hate the thought that I could randomly leave the jar to a child molester or a drug dealer) and I'll also deliver it about 10-15 days before Christmas. That's to allow time to shop if it goes to a parent who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford gifts for the kids. Also, 10-15 days before Christmas would help someone enjoy that much more of the season. I also decided to seek out someone in a battered women's shelter, someone needy found through my church or possibly someone found through a local Veterans group who may know of a needy elderly veteran. I don't know yet which way I'll go, but the point is, this book is inspiring me to want to do good. Can a book get a better review than that??? Buy it, read it, but more importantly....LIVE it.
CatherinesTea More than 1 year ago
I've heard many stories about change jars and what people have done with them but this story had a beautiful element of paying it forward and the good karma it may generate in many lives. I will definitely be sharing this book and it's life lesson!
GodsDancerAlwayz More than 1 year ago
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright is a novel that speaks through the realm of fiction to that of reality. Wright develops a beautiful story interweaving the lives of three families throughout the span of twenty-five years. This "family connection"- a girl and a jar full; of change will surely inspire you to start your own "Christmas Jar." A newlywed couple, short on money, decides to start a "Christmas Jar," saving loose change that at Christmas will be used to purchase gifts. Twenty five years later a mid-twenties woman working her way up in the news reporter world has a terrible year. Broken and lost she stumbles over a "Christmas Jar" on her front doorstep. Determined to find out who the secret giver is and longing for her own front page story she tracks down the family behind this tradition that has turned into so much more than even they imagined. There are twists to this story that will drop your jaw and make you wonder how you can impact others lives. News stories of Starbucks' customers paying for the next customer's drink, the movie pay it forward, and Christmas Jar's website full of stories proves that humanity does care.
Senior43 More than 1 year ago
After hearing about the book and author on Glenn Beck, my husband and I purchased 5 books - 1 for ourselves and 4 as gifts. It was a quick read, and we started "our Christmas Jar" as a new tradition for futre Christmas'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story in this book is so amazing that it has started a Christmas tradition for my family. After reading it, I purchased a book for each of my children, siblings and close friends. I took jars and wrote "Christmas Jar" on each one and put both the book and jar in a gift bag and gave as my gift for that year. I placed a note inside of each jar stating they would have to read the book in order to know what the jar was all about. Everyone has called to tell me it was the best gift they had ever received. My family's Christmas Jar is sitting on our counter, getting ready for Christmas 2010. A MUST READ for everyone!!! It stays with you every day, all year long!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a touching story of faith, hope, love and kindness! The spirit of the Christmas Jars is somethig we should all have in us, it would be a better world. I received my book for Christmas, have read it and already passed it on with a jar. This is a tradition that I plan to continue each year. A great gesture to instill in children!
Thankful4U More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this book until I Googled what I had found on my porch Monday evening. Yes, the other night I was busy trying to list some things on Ebay so we could get our girls some things for Christmas, when I heard a knock on the door. Imagine my surprise when I found a jar full of coins and paper money with a bow tied around the jar and a "Christmas Jar" poem attached. Who was it from? Why were they so giving? Who would be so selfless and thoughtful to do such a thing? Not very many people come to mind, but immediately one person dominated my thoughts and I just knew it had to be her....you know, the only friend you know you could call and would jump to help you; the one who you would never in a million years have anything negative to say about. The only one who you know is capable of such a compassionate act. Yes, the book will have you shed a tear, but imagine being on the receiving end of a jar. It's a real tear fest. You know you will pass it on when you can. God bless you D.
lapais More than 1 year ago
This book will change your life! You will no doubt go out and buy a copy for all your friends and family when you are done reading it. It will become a tradition to read this every holiday season and give away a jar to a person in need. It will become the gift that you give to someone new each and every Christmas! Become part of the Christmas Jar magic and read this story this holiday season. You will be forever changed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention on a four hour drive home from skiing. I could not put it down. I cried for the characters and felt the lesson this book offers is huge. After reading this book, I went out and got my own Christmas Jar and explained to my kids the relevance to collecting change. The whole family is in on this new tradition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing short of amazing. The ending grabbed me and this story will be a hard one not to share. It is so beautifully written I am going to let all my friends and family read it. This is one of those stories that needs to be shared to keep Christmas in your life the whole year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this wondy full book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is toats cool and supes adorbs x-mas story! Ttyl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great story to fill your heart with good feelings and your mind with potential power to do good. Put this on on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received  the jar and the book on Christmas eve  at my job, it was sent by a worker, yet he made it known to me that he was only the deliver person,. I didn't open the gift until 3:00 am Christmas morning and was very much in shock when I open the box,  Being that I still didn't n know where the gift came from I thought if I would read the book It would give me some idea of who my anonymous sender was. I've spent the last days at work trying to find the person or persons responsible for given me such a gift, I am grateful for the gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listened to this read by the author, a sweet if rather pat story as that goes.  It is the message that is told in simple  language that settles in and makes itself at home in your heart.  It has a few heart wrenching events that aren't magically solved as so often happens in novels but throughout the story there is a thread of kindness and compassion that is like a brightly shining star on a cold, dark winter's night.  It is quietly inspirational, offering a way for people of few means to share and be kind.  Oddly, the story came to me as a gift that I had given, the recipient  lent it back to me because she was so moved by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read and inspirational. Enjoyed the book , especially reading it during the holidays
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book to read near the Christmas season. You will think of all the less fortunate people and how we all might be able to give a little more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It made me think and I am considering carrying on this tradition.
Mom-of-6-cats More than 1 year ago
I was so touched by this story that I purchased five copies of the book and presented them to my five girlfriends at our Christmas luncheon yesterday. Inside the front cover of each book I placed a $1 bill. Their instructions were to read the book and then if they wanted to start a Christmas Jar, they were to use the dollar to be the first contribution. If they did not want to start one they were to give the dollar to a charity. In either case they were to pass the book onto someone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable journey. I plan to read more by this (new to me) author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, even though I am 12 I understand the meaning and how important it is.I love this book, it has an insperational meaning to it. I would recommend it to those who love Christmas miracles!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jason Wright tells a touching story with interesting characters and develops the Christian directive to love one another. The sequel of Christmas Jars Reunion develops the story further. My reading group really enjoyed this short Christmas read.
mysticdaisy78 More than 1 year ago
Jason Wright is a magical author. He always seems to find the silver lining. This book is amazing!! It has touched me and changed my holiday outlook. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did read and enjoyed Christmas Jars. Great idea especially this time of year when times are hard and many families could use such a gift. It is a great idea for families to take on throughout the year and then present to someone at Christmas time. I have already started my jar and have a person in mind to share it with. The gift of giving always brings out the best when it is given anonymously.