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Publisher's Note:

Christmas Jars has sold more than half a million copies worldwide and was a New York Timesbest-selling novel. This beautiful hardcover collector's edition contains the complete text of the bestselling fictional holiday favorite as well as more than twenty true, inspiring stories of people who have experienced the Christmas Jar miracle in their own lives by either giving or receiving an anonymous jar full of coins. Hope Jensen is a young, single woman and an aspiring newspaper writer, and when she receives a much-needed but anonymous Christmas gift, she's determined to find her benefactor. That search leads her to an unusual family with a longstanding Christmas tradition. Sensing a front-page feature article, Hope desperately wants to publish their story, but doing so would be a breach of trust. What she decides to do will change her life forever. A classic Christmas tale, Christmas Jars has sparked a national phenomenon of giving and a community tradition of generous outreach acr…

Overall Book Review:

If you are searching for a traditional tale to help you feel the spirit of Christmas, then look no further than Jason F. Wright’s, Christmas Jars, specifically the Collector’s Edition.  Filled with inspiring musings of hope and forgiveness, this little novella catalogs one young lady’s fateful dilemma to serve herself, or her fellow men.  Classic third-person narrative encourages readers to cozy up to a fireplace, real or imagined, and let the magic of the words take you through a heartrending experience of family, fortitude, and faith.

This book reads to an extent, like a wise friend’s reflection on their life,  making it more of a storytelling experience that feels personal and applicable.

The book is so tender and sweet; it really could be read by a person of any age. But it would be much more enjoyable for the younger readers to discover this treasure with an older family member, or perhaps to be read aloud by the family as a whole, as it is a condensed anecdote.

What’s great about the Collector’s Edition is that the end of the story really isn’t the end at all! Included at the back of the book are folks across the U.S. sharing real accounts of how they’ve implemented the Christmas Jar into their lives. Whether they were the giver or the receiver, these recitals add a particularly charming tone to the overall story.

Oh, and did I mention the cover? Packaged in a petite hardback with red wrapping and gold foil, this is a book to be brought out every year to enjoy as a decoration and a reminder of the demonstrative story of charity nestled inside the quaint pages.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None.

Violence/Gore:  Report of an abandoned baby; report of an abusive husband; individual comes home to find their home has been broken into and robbed; remark about a child who likes to set fires; husband tackles his wife playfully, receives a playful smack; woman states that her husband was physically abusive. 

Sex/Nudity:  A joke is made about dating 2x; brief mention of a miscarriage and births of children; remark of marital problems; comment about dating and having (a) significant other(s); flirtatious joke 2x; abortion is alluded to (but no procedure is done); husband and wife hold hands/briefly kiss/hug (about 5x).

Mature Subject Matter:

Financial woes, death of (a) loved one(s), abandoned baby.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I appreciate books of all genres, but my main squeeze is fiction. Depending on my mood it could be romance or suspense; lately I’ve been courting fantasy. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I am locating tasty paleo recipes, writing in-coherent poetry, and crafting with paper.