Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt - REVIEWED

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 toDances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall

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My Thoughts:
None of us really know what we’re doing in this life.  We just live the best we can with the knowledge we have, and that’s all anyone can hope for.” (p. 163)

Clayton Fincannon’s grandfather shared a lot of wisdom with his grandson through a series of letters.  I think it was more a way of each of them working out the hard things they faced in life, and in writing it out, they gave each other the courage to explore their own circumstances and feelings.  Living the best we can with the knowledge we have is not the best we can hope for.  There is more than what we are able to know with our minds, and our hearts can’t be trusted.  What is better, indeed what is best, is faith and hope in a risen Savior.

But I digress.  When first love (lost or found) determines the course of one’s life and overshadows everything with longing and discontent, well, I can’t imagine anything more miserable.  Both of our main characters were first loves of someone, but not at the right time.  So there are hurt feelings, misunderstandings and a ton of regret.  And, I’m sorry, but I didn’t read anything that would compel me to cheer when these two regret-filled, apologetic people find their way back to each other after a lot of years, baggage, and broken dreams….sorry, but that boat has sailed for me.

I know what it’s like to lose the love of my life, and I will not waste another minute longing for what I can never have.  God has something better and more fulfilling for me than a man has to offer.  Perhaps I was the wrong audience for this book.  This is romantic, but doesn’t fill me with hope, just despair that two desperate people waste a lot of their years looking for fulfillment in a relationship that ended a long time ago.  I don’t have any hope that it sailed into happily-ever-after.  That’s a pipe dream in this broken, fallen world.

But if nostalgic filled romance is what you like, the please read the Mason Jar.  You will love it.  Me, not so much.

About the Author:
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.

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