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Christmas Jars Reunion

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,288 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
This Christmas, Hope Jensen has a goal to place 1,001 jars of spare change with families in need. Her Christmas Jars ministry—headquartered in the famous Chuck's Chicken 'n' Biscuits diner—is the same place Hope was discovered as a newborn and the same place she was reunited with her birthmother.

Helping her reach her goal is an assortment of helpful friends and family, in
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Shadow Mountain (first published October 1st 2009)
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Jan 17, 2015 Sverro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A genuine geek good book that let's you know there is love, hope and goodness in the world.
Dec 21, 2014 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this book. I liked the Christmas Jars much better - and maybe because it shared a great idea for helping others during the Christmas season. Like many projects, sometimes a good idea gets out of hand and this book presents that scenario. Instead of individuals saving and sharing their change they brought the jars to a central location for distribution - and kept tabs on how many jars they had. They had a lot of jars to distribute in one community! I kept thinking that in today's wo ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this off a shelf of "Christmas themed" books at the local library last week. Because it happens to be a sequel (unbeknownst to me when I picked it up), I felt a little lost at times in the story, but the gist of the book is a good one. People connected to Chuck's Chicken 'n Biscuits initiated, at some point, the "Christmas jars," which are a small gesture of goodwill shared with others, perhaps less fortunate, at Christmastime. THe idea is that people toss their loose, spare change into ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to be the first one to give this book two stars, but I just wasn't feeling it. I really liked the first book and love the concept behind it, but I found the writing to be canned and the storyline predictable. I was really disappointed!
Dec 29, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good story! :)
Angela Holland
Dec 31, 2016 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book Christmas Jars and loved it so much that I had to read the reunion one. In this book we go back to Chuck's Chicken n Biscuits with Hope and her goal of giving away 1001 Christmas Jars. I enjoyed reading more about Hope and her life's journey. In this book we also get to meet some new people. Queen who is the best little girl and she will pull at your heart strings. Al who is does not know it but his life will be changing soon. And Clark who is a good guy who does not know w ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
When you see an average to below average review of this book, be sure to read it. I completely agree with them. This book is not well organized or reader family. It is a sequel but you really really need to read Reunion right after Christmas Jars or you will be lost. The author correlates every character with multiple characters as an introduction. He rarely gives any back story to refresh your memory. So, really he loses you from the start. If you aren't overly committed to loving this book, th ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! The first book will always hold a special place in my heart. This companion was not as captivating, but it pulled at my heart strings and was a great reminder of the true meaning of the Christmas Jars! This is my favorite Christmas tradition and I love that it takes all year to build up to it.
Jan 04, 2017 Jacque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this aloud to my kids. It was a great book to remind us of the spirit of Christmas and to offer service to those around us in need.
Dec 21, 2016 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it would the most boring book ever! But I needed something to read and it was actually pretty good!
Dec 26, 2016 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, easy read continuing the saga of the story of the Christmas Jars. A fun read for Christmas.
I won this book through the firstreads giveaway and was delighted when it arrived so quickly. I was even more delighted when I began reading and shortly discovered that it didn't matter that I hadn't read the first book in the series (which, by the way, I plan on seeking out after reading the Reunion book).

This sequel was a very good, feel-good book that focuses on one of the many true meanings of the Christmas; and giving gracefully and graciously from your heart.

I love the id
Tammy Holmes
Makes you realize what we can do to help people when we put our minds to it and work with others. The story kind of drug though!
Nov 15, 2015 Jacquline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 29, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Synopsis: "The New York Times bestseller Christmas Jars has sold nearly 500,000 copies. Thousands of people across the country have emailed the author at ChristmasJars about how the Christmas Jars tradition has touched their lives either by receiving a jar or by giving one. Hope Jensen's story continues in Christmas Jars Reunion. It's been two years since Hope was reunited with her biological mother on Christmas Eve at Chuck's Chicken 'n' Biscuits. Hope has never felt more complete. She's writin ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t read Christmas Jars, the New York Times bestselling book by Jason F. Wright, you’ve missed out on a classic Christmas story that will change how you view the season of giving. Its sequel, aptly titled Christmas Jars Reunion is reminiscent of the first.

Across the country, a phenomenon has begun to unfold. Since the release of Christmas Jars, hundreds of readers have contacted author Jason Wright and shared their Christmas Jar stories, and thousands of Christmas Jars have been give
Nov 24, 2010 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read Christmas Jars so the characters were not as familiar as I would have liked but I still really enjoyed this book. It reminded the world what a difference one person can make. I enjoyed the first book in the series so much that I actually bought the book and Christmas Jars for several of our friends and family for Christmas one year.

Amazon Editorial Review:
If you haven’t read Christmas Jars, the New York Times bestselling book by Jason F. Wright, you’ve missed ou
Jan 12, 2012 Jinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thought I was going to pick up Christmas Jars, the first book, but it turned out that my library didn't have it. They had this second installment instead. I was bummed but I went ahead and checked this out anyway. It didn't disappoint. It gave enough background of what I assumed happened in the first book to keep me up to date. A bit repetitive but I let it slide because the book as a whole was heartwarming and I'm a sucker for heartwarming stories! Although it wasn't awesome writing, the powe ...more
Dec 14, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was one of the lucky winners for this book in the Goodreads Give-a-away...and was worried that I would have to read "Christmas Jars" first. Luckily, the author provided a short prologue. However, I became overwhelmed when reading the first ten pages or so because a dozen different characters were mentioned and it was kinda hard to keep track of who they all were (the characters were related or connected to one another in some way - I'm sure they were introduced in the "Christmas Jars"). I woul ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Scottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Won this great book! Read it in two short sittings and really liked it and love the concept of the Christmas jars. Well written and easy to read. It is a second book by Jason Wright and I didn't feel like I missed anything not having read the first book, although I enjoyed this one so much, I will read the first one. The really cool thing is that there really are Christmas jars in the real world. Each chapter has a quote from emails that he recieved from people who either received Christmas jars ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to Christmas Jars, Hope loses sight of the tree meaning of the Christmas Jar and tries to set a goal and make it into a commercial venture. It takes a change in the Maxwell family, a new friend, a new love, and the struggles of a young recipient of a previous Christmas Jar to return Hope's vision to the lesson of the Christmas Jar "One jar, one birth, one Savior."

Jason Wright really seemed to focus on the fact that sometimes well meaning, thoughtful projects can get out of hand,
Rachael Baggett
Jan 28, 2010 Rachael Baggett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachael by:
Jason Wright does an excellent job of tying up ends and creating surprises. However, I had a hard time feeling absolutely "caught up" and sentimental over this series. There are so many charities in the world and each one is so personal that I had a hard time having the right attitude reading about it, if that makes sense. I appreciated the idea of writing about the good people can do to help each other, but it almost felt like a selling tactic. (Maybe it was due to the personal things happening ...more
Nandi Crawford
I was blessed to have read the first book in this series, the wildly popular Christmas Jars, which is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Now, the author has added the sequel to it by having Hope starting a whole movement by having 1,001 jars collected and given in time for Christmas Eve. Her and her biological mother, Marianne, are closer than close and a lot of the old gang is back. However, we also meet a couple of new ones that enter the scene with stories of their own. Probably o ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I found this book to be just as good as the first. Our main character, Hope, has taken Christmas Jars to a whole new level. It's become more of a ministry. She has encouraged everyone in her community to take part of it, but loses sight of what is really important. The meaning of the Christmas Jar.

One of my favorite quotes in this book is 'One Jar. One Life. One Savior.' We are helped to remember that giving to those in need doesn't have to become a huge production. Once that happens, you lose s
Jul 23, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was teaching the 9 and 10 year olds at church on Sundays when I first heard of one of my girl's family Christmas traditions. They have a jar at home that they drop money in all year that they earn or find, to be donated to a family they know needs help at Christmas time. The donation is anonymous, of course. I thought how wise her parents were to set up such a tradition! Then my mother-in-law gave me this book to read. It is the second or third in a series, but the story stands by itself. It i ...more
Christmas Jars has grown into a ministry, led by Hope Jensen and headquartered at Chuck's Chicken. Her goal for this year is to distribute 1001 jars this Christmas. Al Allred is down on his luck when he breaks his leg and meets a sick little girl named Queen. She gives him a Christmas Jar and he is inspired to go help Hope with her goal. Hope loses sight of the effect of just one jar as she tries to collect so many but is reminded by Queen. I was not as moved by this book as the original. I don' ...more
Mary Jane
Jan 09, 2010 Mary Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Jane by: Whitney Bird
Okay, I do have to address one issue right off the bat...there is no train station in Idaho Falls. Seriously, Jason, that would have been an easy research item. If he needed to take the train, he could have been from Pocatello or some other city in Idaho that has a train station.

This one wasn't NEAR as moving as the first one, but it was still enjoyable and worth my time and a holiday reread. So many great characters were developed in the 1st book that it was easy to get right into the character
Tori Stuckey
2.5 stars (just cause it was so quick and easy to read). While I love the idea of the Christmas jars tradition and want to begin the tradition in my own family, this sequel to Christmas Jars was just okay. I didn't buy Al's character, at all. I also really didn't get what the message of the book was supposed be (other than trying to knock you over the head with warm and fuzzy sentimentality - I mean, come one, there's even an adorable little girl in need of a new heart). I did like the snippets ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Faithann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
As I read this book, I found myself getting irritated with Hope, Lauren, and all the rest of them. The whole tradition behind the the Christmas Jar was to show one person/family that there was someone out there who cared about them, and to do it intimatly or anonymously. It wasn't about reaching some grand number. In the end, little Queen taught them all a lesson....One jar. One birth. One Savior. Overall, it was a good follow-up to Christmas Jars, and it had me tearing up a couple of times.
Cindy Davis
Dec 27, 2009 Cindy Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. Its the sequel to the Christmas Jars. The idea behind the Christmas Jars is taking an empty mason jar and filling it throughout the year with spare change, then donating the jar with a note to someone in need. At the beginning of each chapter there is a little personal experience from their own personal christmas jar that was given to them. Its such a beautiful story, made me cry. But one sentence really caught my eye and I'll end my review with this : One jar. One birth. ...more
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The W
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