Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Mason Jar, by James Russell Lingerfelt {a book review}

About the book

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

What I thought of the book

I found The Mason Jar to be one of those books, I'd read awhile, then need to set it aside to absorb some of what I'd just read. I believe it is definitely a book that any man who enjoys reading would appreciate. Unfortunately most of the men in my life do not enjoy reading!

You can read the synopsis, and even the first chapter on James' website. In the meantime, I'll share a couple passages that made an impact on me:
"I've learned that life is about more than romantic love. It's about love itself. When we act lovingly toward people, especially those we care about, we always find peace and enjoyment. The greatest love is that which loves and demands nothing in return. We love because we choose to. It is not based on circumstances or conditions."
"Never apologize for loving someone...At the end of the day, no matter what happens, forgiveness is a choice. It isn't deserved or earned. It's just given freely. That's what makes forgiveness hard. But that's what makes it beautiful."
Perhaps in a couple years or so, I'll share this with my young-teen son (one of the only men in my life who does enjoy reading!).

About the author

James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for "The Huffington Post." James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.

Find out more and purchase a copy at James’ website.
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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