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Christmas Jarsby Jason F Wright
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For Marva Ferguson, Christmas is a whirlwind season of joyous activity, and this season, she has a special bit of holiday magic in her apron pocket especially for her youngest neighbor, Charlee. They appear to be unlikely friends-an eighty-year-old widow and a nine-year-old girl-but these two souls find friendship together as they both face obstacles too insurmountable to survive alone.
As Christmas draws closer, Marva chooses the person she would like to carry on her special tradition of "The 13th Day of Christmas." And she knows just the person for the job. She just hopes her message comes in time to change--or save--a life. This beautiful, heartwarming story will inspire you to think about what is important in your own life-and what message of love you might share on the 13th day of Christmas.
"In a plot reminiscent of Penelope Stokes's The Blue Bottle Club and Angela Hunt's The Note, a journalist happens upon a human interest story that winds up teaching her lessons about love and forgiveness and renewing her own faith in human kindness. On Christmas Eve, twenty-something Hope Jensen is quietly grieving the recent loss of her adoptive mother when her apartment is robbed. The one bright spot in the midst of Hope's despair is a small jar full of money someone has anonymously left on her doorstep. Eager to learn the source of this unexpected generosity, Hope uses her newswoman instincts to find other recipients of 'Christmas jars,' digging until her search leads her to the family who first began the tradition of saving a year's worth of spare change to give to someone in need at the holiday. Wright commits some rookie mistakes in style and pacing; the novel veers heavily toward melodrama at some junctures, and he tends to show us and tell us about his characters. Still, the heart of this novella is its transformative message about the power of giving, a compelling theme that calls to mind books like Pay It Forward and The Kingdom Assignment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
About the Author
Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author and co-authored The Christmas Sweater with Glenn Beck. A sought-after public speaker, he has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country and has given presentations to thousands of students about the value of daily service, the origin of the Christmas Jar, the lost art of letter writing, faith, and many other topics. Jason is from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. After researching Virginia's Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters he moved his family westward from northern Virginia into the heart of the Valley.
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