6th Day of Christmas Book Reviews

Christmas Jars
by Jason F. Wright

I know a lot of people are quick to criticize this book, and I'll be honest, it is not great literature. The writing style is immature and the story is predictable. It was a best-seller for a reason though. People like tear-jerkers with happy endings. In this case, it also has a really nice Christmas message.

It is kind of a story within a story. Hope Jensen, a young journalist, is looking to solve a mystery and in doing so, finds answers to her own past. She also gets to know people sho understand the true meaning of Christmas, and have made a difference in other people's lives in significant ways.

If you are looking for a short, sweet book to read this might be just the book for you. It may very well leave you wanting to start your own Christmas jar tradition.

My Rating

Overall: 3.5 stars

Objectionable Content: none

Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle
By Jason F. Wright
illustrated by Ben Sowards

This is a brand new children's book that Jason F. Wright just came out with this year. It is based off of the original Christmas Jars book.

While I think it is a good idea to make a children's book with the same message, I don't think this is a favorite of mine. I felt like unless you had read Christmas Jars, you wouldn't really pick up on what was going on in this story. It was condensed too much. I did like the art work though. I read that Ben Sowards used his children as models for this book. I'm not sure the technique he used for his pictures, but they were realistic, yet soft.

My Rating

Overall: 2.5 stars. Maybe this is harsh, you'll have to judge for yourself.

Objectionable Content: None. It is a feel good book.

Jason F. Wright has also written some other best-sellers that you may or may not have heard of:

Wednesday Letters
Christmas Jar Reunion (I wonder about this one, if you've read it please leave a comment.)
Recovering Charles (on my wishlist)
The James Miracle


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