For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
~ 1 Sam 16:7b
The jar itself is most unusual—not utilized in the ordinary way for canning or storing food, but as a collection point for memories. Some mementos in the jar—hair ribbons, a ring, a medallion–are sorrowful, others tender, some bittersweet. But all those memories eventually bring their owners to a place of hope and redemption in spite of circumstances that seemingly have no solution.
Fresh, insightful, yet courageous in the face of difficult life issues, this collaboration by two talented writers first profiles a pastor’s wife with two young daughters who faces cancer just as her own mother did before her; and then a remarried mother working through a difficult relationship with a rebellious runaway daughter. The third woman, alone with two teenaged boys who no longer pay much attention to her and seem headed for trouble, discovers the long-lost “story jar” and its significance. She comes to realize she can bring her own sorrows and frustrations to the feet of the Good Shepherd, the Great Physician, the Healer of the brokenhearted. She too will have memories for her own story jar.
A special book just in time for Mother’s Day! In between each novella are poems and short true tales from various other people. Many of them are author names I recognize. However, several are not. I saw some poems from children about their mothers. It was so special and gave me such a warm feeling. The stories are inspirational. I found myself near tears of sadness at times, joy at others, and a few times a feeling of awe and wonder that only another mother could understand. Fabulous! — Huntress Book Reviews
[The authors’] writing is fresh, insightful and gritty even as it comforts, usually managing to steer clear of the maudlin … The book is as much about spirituality and trust in God as it is about motherhood. It captures with surprising sensitivity various scenes of communion with God, and some excruciatingly exquisite moments of parental love … [This is a] warm, friendly book for Christian women who are trying to raise their children and face their painful problems with both faith and doubt intact. — Publisher’s Weekly