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Friday, November 24, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright @jasonfwright @ShadowMountn

AUTHOR: Jason F. Wright
NARRATOR: Jason F. Wright
PUBLISHER: Shadow Mountain
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1, 2006 (first published 2005)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 3 hrs and 57 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Inspirational
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 I...Her reporter's intuition insisted that a remarkable story was on the verge of the front page.

MY REVIEW: 

This heartwarming and inspirational tale will tug at your heartstrings!

The story opens on New Year’s Eve, with Louise Jensen sitting in a diner. She hears crying in the booth behind her, and she finds a baby girl with a note from the person who gave her up explaining that she did so because the father was abusive and that she loved her daughter so much that she didn’t want her to be around a father like that. Ordinarily, Louise goes to the diner on Christmas Eve but she was ill and postponed her Christmas dinner until New Year’s Eve. She feels that it was fate that the girl was left in the booth behind the one that she always sat in. Louise names the baby Hope, and Hope dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter when she grows up. She achieves her dream, working her way up the ladder at the local paper. After her apartment gets robbed, someone leaves a large glass jar filled with money. She doesn’t know where it came from or who left it, but she uses her investigatory skills and finds other similar stories from locals thanking anonymous donors for their monetary gifts. What Hope discovers is the beautiful and moving tradition of giving to others.

I was very touched by this motivational tradition of filling Christmas Jars with loose change and then gifting the jar to someone in need during the holidays. It truly is better to give than to receive! The author even has a website where people can share their own Christmas Jar stories.

The book was narrated by the author, and I thought he did a good job with it.

I enjoy Christmas stories like this, and I plan to read more from this author.


MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy inspirational holiday stories!


This audiobook also includes a bonus short story entitled “Snow Cones and Dimes: A Christmas Jars Story.”


PUBLISHER: Christmas Jars Creations
PUBLICATION DATE: November 27, 2010
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Inspirational
“...one by one, family members will empty their pockets and delight at the cling-clang of change hitting the empty glass bottom. Most days will yield a quarter, a dime, perhaps two nickels and a stray penny. Occasionally Mother will make change for herself by drop- ping in a worn dollar bill and pulling out an appropriate combination of cool silver coins. Over the months that follow, the gathering change will leave no recognizable void. Occasionally the temptation to borrow for laundry, a movie, or the ice-cream truck will float through the house, over the jar, and out the back door. But it never lands. The money is spoken for.” (Excerpt from Christmas Jars, copyright 2005, published by Shadow Mountain.)

Christmas Jars, a New York Times Bestselling novella by Jason Wright, first became a phenomenon during the 2005 holiday season. Readers across America reacted to the message of daily giving and sacrifice by creating their own Christmas Jars.

Today, thousands of glass jars rest on kitchen countertops, slowly collecting the spare change generated each and every day. On Christmas Eve, each jar, now overflowing with both money and goodwill, will anonymously find a new home. In turn, the grateful recipients will put the money to good use in their lives and begin their own jar. Thus hearts and lives are changed and the cycle continues.

This short story follows in the tradition and spirit of Christmas Jars. If you've read the original, you'll love this sweet addition to the Christmas Jars family.

This short story is about the Stafford family, who has begun the tradition of filling their own Christmas Jar, although the father has a problem with filling the jar on a daily basis with his loose change. He makes a deal with his family that he will match the jar’s total at the end of the year with his own contribution, but what he does is so much more! The spirit of giving touches him in an unexpected way.

MY RATING:
3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it!

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