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Author of "The Hope Jar"'
Joyce Lamb - USA Today
Brunstetter is the author of nearly 90 books with more than 10
million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller
lists, including the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, USA Today, CBA,
ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish
fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications,
including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and
Country Woman. Wanda's books have been translated into four foreign
Her latest, The Hope Jar, is #1 on the ECPA Christian Fiction
Can you tell us about your
book, The Hope Jar?
Michelle Taylor is not
who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps
were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle
and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless,
Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the
idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper
containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a
boost to Michelle's budding faith - but also convicting. How can she
tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?
character in the book is your favorite?
Mary Ruth was one of
my favorite characters in The Hope Jar. She is a gracious Amish
woman, full of love and wisdom, like so many of my Amish friends are.
Even in the face of adversity, Mary Ruth Lapp is compassionate and
loving towards others.
Do you have
a favorite scene or quote
from The Hope Jar?
One of my favorite
scenes is in chapter 3, when Michelle enters the Lapps' home and
realizes that the simple way they live is a lot different than what she
is used to. A favorite quote from the book was a prayer found on a note
in the jar Michelle discovered in the barn: "Dear Lord. You forgive my
sins and give me hope." Hope was something Michelle desperately needed.
about your writing process and how you came up with the idea
of a hope jar (love this!).
The idea of hidden
prayer jars was suggested by my editor. I liked the concept and soon
came up with a 3-book series. Each of the books involves a different,
but connecting, character who finds hope, forgiveness and healing from
the messages she discovers inside one or more of the hidden jars.
What is the
message you want readers to take away from reading The Hope Jar?
I would like for my
readers to come away with a feeling of hope, knowing that no matter what
happened in their past, or what they might be dealing with now, they can
find hope and healing through God's love, as well as the love and
nurturing of people, like Willis and Mary Ruth Lapp.
Can you tell
us anything about your
I am currently working
on an Amish-themed novella that will be in a collection with a novella
written by my daughter-in-law, Jean, and one by my granddaughter,
Richelle. The novella collection will release in June 2019. I will soon
be working on Book 3 in my Prayer Jars series. The title is
The Healing Jar, and it will be published in August 2019. Book 2,
The Forgiving Jar, comes out in February 2019.
~ from destinationamish.com
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