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Christmas Jars Reunion

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,078 ratings  ·  176 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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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
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
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
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!
A genuine geek good book that let's you know there is love, hope and goodness in the world.
Favorite lines:
1. "Just because I'm not in God's house doesn't mean he's not in mine" (5).
2. "The miracle starts with you" (53).
3. "Most relationships end because one or the other--or both--think they're the ones doing everything perfectly. When the reality is that relationships are meant to be imperfect" (162).
4. "Love isn't perfect. All those people who say true love is effortless are selling snake oil. And my goodness, anyone who tells you that true love means never having to say you're sorry
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
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
Very good story! :)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rachael Baggett
Jan 28, 2010 Rachael Baggett rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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,
Steve Sorenson
Not as good as first book as most sequels usually aren't . This book focuses more on the charity and getting the reader excited to start the tradition themselves but such an incredible idea I like the thought of starting the tradition. Easy feel good story suited to be a Hallmark movie
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
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
Angela Sorenson
The continuation

I loved the book. It brings hope to your heart to help out those that are less fortunate and it will come back to you seven fold.
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kathi Olsen
An uplifting story that has a plot that keeps moving and character development. Easy to read, short chapters.
Not nearly as good as the first book. Started out okay, middle seemed like a jumble of random pieces and yet somehow the author brought it all back together at the end.
It needed to have more editing done and the dialogue was a bit flat. Could skip paragraphs and then continue and not miss anything. A bit predictable.
I liked the first book a little better and since it's been a year since I read it, there were a lot of characters to recall. Christmas jars are filled with spare coins until they are full and then they are donated anonymously. In this book, Hope has made the Christmas jars her passion and main occupation. She writes a column in a small newspaper about the jars and has a lofty goal to give out 1,001 jars by Christmas. I love the message of "the one": how each jar is unique and meant for one perso ...more
Cindy Davis
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
This book picked up where the original Christmas Jars left off. A few Christmases have passed and Hope has been working out of Chuck's Chicken-N-Biscuits to create a Christmas Jar Ministry. She is aiming for the lofty goal of distributing 1,001 Christmas Jars this year. After Chuck dies, an old flame reenters Hope's life and an out-of-town guest comes trying to understand the Christmas Jars tradition.
While rushing headlong toward the holidays, it takes a girl named Queen who needs a heart trans
You knew the ending, but it still was fantastic. I recommend it.
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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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