The Cross Gardener
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The Cross Gardener

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by Jason F. Wright
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters comes an inspiring story of a man touched by tragedy—and the quiet stranger who helps him rediscover the joy to be found in life, love, and family...

John Bevan believed life was complete. Married to his high school sweetheart and father to a young daughter, John

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters comes an inspiring story of a man touched by tragedy—and the quiet stranger who helps him rediscover the joy to be found in life, love, and family...

John Bevan believed life was complete. Married to his high school sweetheart and father to a young daughter, John finally had the traditional family he lacked as an orphaned child. But that all disappears when a fatal car accident steals away his wife—and the unborn child she was carrying.

Filled with sorrow, John withdraws from life and love. He erects two small crosses at the scene of his wife's accident and visits daily, grieving. Then one morning he encounters a man kneeling before the crosses, touching them up with white paint.

Conversations with the mysterious stranger—known to him only as the Cross Gardener—begin to heal John's heart. But only when they undertake a journey together does John truly come to see what he must embrace in this world—from the secrets of his own past to the sorrow of his wife's passing—if he is to start his life anew. And only as the journey ends does John divine who his guide may really be.

In The Cross Gardener Jason F. Wright tells a timeless tale that explores the questions we ask when our lives are touched by loss: How do we carry on? Who will show us the way? The answers John Bevan finds may illuminate your world as they did his—for even in our darkest hour, we are not alone.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
John Bevan and his young daughter, Lou Lou, try to heal after a tragic accident takes the life of his wife and unborn child. Struggling to understand God's purpose, John erects a small cross on the side of the road where his wife died. One day, he meets a man painting his wife's cross, and the "cross gardener" eventually helps John see that his wife would have wanted him to live his life and enjoy every moment with his surviving child. VERDICT This latest book by best-selling author Wright (The Wednesday Letters; The Christmas Sweater with Glenn Beck) is sure to be devoured by his large fan base as well as by new readers who enjoy wiping their eyes while reading a great story.
Publishers Weekly
Author and political commentator Wright (The Wednesday Letters, coauthor with Glenn Beck of The Christmas Sweater) returns with another modern fable that wears its conservative values on its sleeve. Born on the side of the road to a dying teenager, John Bevan grew into happiness and safety on an idyllic Shenandoah Valley orchard, falling in love as a teenager, eventually marrying his high school sweetheart and having a daughter with her. When, pregnant with their second child, his wife dies in a car accident, John finds his faith and ability to function shattered. Attending the site of her death, John encounters the Cross Gardener, a man who tends the roadside memorials of strangers, and with his help John finds himself returning to the path of responsibility and righteousness. This title offers the same kind of values-focused emotionalism that fans expect, with plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment; even by the standard of his other work, however, this effort is prudish and clunky, and John often comes across as more sullen than bereaved.
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From the Publisher
"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking...[A] beautifully written book."
-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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425233283
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Jason F. Wright is the national bestselling author of Christmas Jars. He’s also a consultant whose editorial articles on politics, pop culture, and public policy have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. He serves as founder and managing editor of the widely read political destination, PoliticalDerby.com.

Jason fell in love with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while researching the area for The Wednesday Letters, and with the enthusiastic blessing of his wife, Kodi, he recently relocated with her and their four children to the historic town of Woodstock. A sign on their door says, “Friends welcome. Family by appointment only.”

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The Cross Gardener 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my life's work as a hospice chaplain, I often encounter surviving family members who are struggling with issues of loss and grief after a loved one dies. After reading The Cross Gardener by Jason Wright, I have now discovered a further resource for helping them to cope with the pain of death. I deeply appreciate the manner in which Wright gives a voice to the seering and paralyzing pain of grief and loss -- he pulls no punches and hence validates the experience of the grieving. But, he also helps with the normalization process by offering a deep sense of comfort -- comfort that is both psychologically sound and spiritually intuitive. For those who walk the journey of The Cross Gardener, they will discover healing, strength and recover for their ongoing recovery. I loved the book and regularly suggest it to others.
babester95 More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book through the Glenn Beck radio show and decided to read it. One of my 11yr old twin boys passed away 3 weeks after being diagnosed with leukemia so I felt the grief John Bevan was feeling. This book reminded me that I was not the only one coping with grief and that the surviving twin had the same loss as I did. I was trying to make up for all I didn't do with the child I had lost instead of making memories with the son I still had. I have read alot of books on grief and how to cope with grief but truly this one was the one that touched me and brought me to see what I couldn't see before and that is to cherish the remaining time I have with my surviving child and family.
ljsullivan More than 1 year ago
The Cross Gardener is one of the most beautiful and inspirational stories I have ever read. After waiting for its release with great anticipation, I was not disappointed and was unable to put it down. In fact, I didn't put it down until I read it a second time. I have enjoyed all of Jason Wright's books, however nothing compares to his latest. The Cross Gardener remains on your mind and in your heart long after closing the cover and placing it back on the shelf. In addition, it is a visually attractive book that has a very special place in my personal collection as well as in my heart. After receiving and reading my personal copy of The Cross Gardener, I purchased several additional copies which I have given as inspirational gifts to close friends and family and all have been touched in a way similar to what I experienced. Pick up your copy of The Cross Gardener at a Barnes & Noble near you today and take the time to lose yourself in this fabulous book. I guarantee you will be glad you did. On another note...don't forget to pick up a box of Kleenex while you are at it as you will need it I'm sure.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book gave me some peace of mind that only God's promise can deliver. I think of the message each day and know that no matter where I am, or what I am doing that I am never alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John was left to raise his daughter Lou Lou after his wife died in a car accident. Times are rough but then John meets a man who helps John through it. Great book
Whanner More than 1 year ago
This book is such a moving novel. It is quite deep but in a easy readable way. It has alot of touching spirituality in it and a surprise ending that is breathtaking. A must read - one of my favorites!
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Browncurls More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read. I could not put this book down. It was a fast read and very realistic. I felt a lot of the same feelings the main character did . This was written great!!!
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N L Cherry More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking!
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onelov321 More than 1 year ago
the ebook may be more than it is in other forms. even if it were $30 i would still pay it. this is an excellent book. have already read it twice and will read plenty more times. this book and his book the wednesday letters are both EXCELLENT reads. i will buy anything jason f wright writes no matter the cost!
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"In The Cross Gardner, Jason F. Wright tells a timeless tale that explores the questions we ask when our lives are touched by loss: How do we carry on? Who will show us the way? The answers John Bevan finds may illuminate your world as they did his-for even in our darkest hour, we are not alone." This is from the inside cover of The Cross Gardner. You will be at peace once you have read this book if you are dealing with loss.
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This was truly a thought-provoking read. I do not want to give anything away but it can help individuals that go through the same thing as the main character in the book. It shows the in-depth love between two people and when tragedy strikes, a persons walk back to overcoming the hurt and getting on with living again. At times a little predictable but still very enjoyable. A great read for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jason F. Wright once again pierces right to the heart with another beautiful, thought provoking, and life changing novel. I have loved every one of his books and this one is no different. After turning that last page I truly felt like I could be a better person, and that I can keep my faith through whatever trials may come. I read to entertain, to learn, and to be edified, and this book did all three. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain or the past in general, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. It is available here on BN.com.
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