The Cross Gardener

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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"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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602857599
Publisher:
Center Point Large Print
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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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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