I'm so very excited that one of my early CBA releases is returning to print this spring. The Story Jar (originally from Multnomah) has been revised and updated for this release from Hendrickson Publishers, and I think readers are going to want to add this book to their library and give it as a gift to mothers for Mothers Day.
Here's the gorgeous new cover treatment (click for larger image) and blurb:
The Story Jar…
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.
“…It captures with surprising sensitivity…communion with God,
and some excruciatingly exquisite moments of parental love…”
Moving tributes on motherhood from novelists such as Karen Kingsbury, Jerry Jenkins, Francine Rivers, Karen Ball, and Debbie Macomber make this unusual novel even more memorable, comforting, and inspiring.