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The Forgiving Jar

(The Prayer Jars #2)

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What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?
 

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press
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    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I love this series the Prayer Jars. I was not really sure about Sara and Brad. I was not sure about Michelle either. It took some reading and thinking but in the end I liked all three of them.

    I even cried at one point in the book. So you know it was a good one. I can't wait for the next book in this series. The Healing Jar will be just a good as the first two I bet.

    I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend reading the series but The Forgiving Jar can be read as a stand alone.

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    Kelsie
    Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter is book two in her The Prayer Jars series. This Amish fiction novel is another in the genre by this author of multiple bestsellers. The novel is part of a series but the author has done a good job of making it a standalone, still there are a few places where a bit more background would have enhanced the story. However, this does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this excellent book.

    Sara Murray has just learned that her deceased mother’s parents
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    Kathleen
    THE FORGIVING JAR by Wanda E. Brunstetter is #2 in The Prayer Jars series and is a continuation of THE HOPE JAR #1 in the series. Although THE FORGIVING JAR can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading THE HOPE JAR first.

    This sweet, heartwarming novel set in a small community in Pennsylvania, will tug at your heartstrings. Two troubled young ladies with trust and other issues are shown love and forgiveness by an elderly Amish couple. I enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life, and watch
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    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-reads
    Many of y'all know me, and know that one of my favorite genres to read is Amish fiction. Among that Amish fiction, there is this really amazingly talented author who never fails to hook me, keep me focused on the story, and make me feel as if I was a character within the pages as I follow the ups, downs, ins and outs of her beloved characters' lives. That author is Wanda Brunstetter. She is phenomenal. So, I looked forward to opening up the next book in her Prayer Jars series. Let me tell you th ...more
    Shelly
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    This is a lovely, feel good series that flows from front to back. Sara is the grand-daughter of an Amish couple living in Amish country Pennsylvania. She had not met her maternal grandparents until her mother’s death. She was quite surprised to find out her mother had been raised Amish. Sara was even more surprised to find out that her impostor (Michelle) was living with her grandparents, totally forgiven for her deceit. This is a story of transitions and sweet forgiveness with a dash romance an ...more
    Gemma
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is the first Armish / christian book I have read and i found it delightful. Although this was the second in a series I didn't I couldn't catch up with the plot. I will however read the next book! There is alot that can be taken from this book and alot of lovely verses and references. A real lesson in love and forgiveness. Well written and very enjoyable. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
    Kristina
    The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter has us returning to Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Sara Murray is returning to her grandparent’s farm for the Thanksgiving holiday. The dentist she worked for recently retired and Sara would like to relocate to Strasburg to be closer to her grandparents. She is hoping she can live with them while looking for a job and apartment. When Sara arrived at the Lapp farm for the first time, she was shocked to find a woman impersonating her. Sara has no tolerance for p ...more
    Lilian
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
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    I read The Hope Jar (first book in The Prayer Jars series), and I enjoyed it! So when I saw The Forgiving Jar on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to get it. And while it didn't exactly meet my expectations, I still think it has some good themes of forgiveness (of course hehe), love, and redemption.

    What I Liked:
    - Like I said, there are some great themes! I think the author did a good job in weaving them in.
    - I liked the setting! I've always liked reading Amish stories, and the book definitely s
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    Shirley Chapel
    Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Forgiving Jar begins right where The Hope Jar ended. Michelle Taylor and Ezekiel King are on their way back to Willis and Mary Ruth Lapp's house . In the previous book Michelle had deceived the Lapps making them believe she was their granddaughter , Sara Murray. Before the truth had been discovered Michelle had fled to another town to escape the consequences of her past actions. Now as they draw closer to the Lapp farm she is riddled with anxiety and doubts as she fears Mary Ruth and Willis ...more
    Marilyn
    Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Forgiving Jar picks up where The Hope Jar ended, however; there’s enough background that it could be read as a standalone. The Lapp’s biological granddaughter, Sara had difficulty accepting that they would allow Michelle, the imposter granddaughter in the Hope Jar, to reside with them after all her deceitfulness and stealing from them. There’s plenty of action, with characters learning to forgive, some having to suffer more heartbreak and losses before they found that God truly loved them. A ...more
    Vera Godley
    Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It has been awhile since I read one of Wanda Brunstetter's books. Her books are always gentle reads, clean, and filled with heart warming Christian tenets that aid in straightening out lives of flawed characters.

    The two feminine protagonists, Michelle and Sara, have lived prior to the opening pages of The Forgiving Jar lives vastly different from the Amish whose community they have now embedded themselves. They are lying, deceitful, spiteful, and a host of other unpleasant characteristics that r
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    Elizabeth
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Forgiving Jar ( The Prayer Jars Book #2 )
    By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
    The Forgiving Jar is book two by Wanda Brunstetter in her new series The Prayer Jars. I would suggest reading the first book, The Hope Jar, first . Love the story and the characters , both were well written. I did read The Hope Jar and was proud that The Forgiving Jar picks up where the first book left off. I could not put it down, I was not disappointed. The author writes of love, faith, forgiveness, and second chances. Sarah
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    Amy
    Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Forgiving Jar is the fabulous addition from Wanda Brunstetter’s The Prayer Jars series. I just loved this book and enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book of the series. I highly recommend for readers to read The Hope Jar before starting this one. The is a perfect story for anyone struggling to forgive themselves or others. Mrs Brunstetter has the best books for faith and inspiration and this one is no exception.
    The Forgiving Jar would be getting one hundred stars if it
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    Jypsy
    Jan 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
    The Forgiving Jar is a warm hearted lovely story. I did not read the first book in the series, but I had no trouble understanding this one. I like Amish set books, and this one is so good! You will love it if this is your type of book.
    Susan F
    Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed this second book in the series. Sara is the featured character in the book as she comes to live with her Amish grandparents, Mary Ruth and Willis King. Michelle is questioning her future. Sara is living with challenges from her past. Both she and Michelle are searching in the mysterious jar with the messages of encouragement and Bible verses. Ezekiel and Brad are important characters in the story after being possible love interests for Michelle in the first book.
    I like how the author
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    Sandra
    Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I have read most of Wanda Brunstetter's books. I enjoyed The Prayer Jar, the first book in this series. Although each of these books can be read as a stand alone book, I think you will benefit from reading The Prayer Jar first. We are introduced to the same characters and we learn more about them in The Forgiving Jar, the second book. The grandparents, Willis and Mary Ruth King are just darling people. Both Michelle and Sara have had a difficult past, both are not sure about their future. The gi ...more
    Jeanie
    Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Second in The Prayer Jars series, Wanda Brunstetter welcomes the reader back to Strasburg, Pennsylvania and the home and farm of Mary Ruth and Willis Lapp. I appreciate this powerful novel much more than The Hope Jar. The Lapps are folks I think many of us would like to have as grandparents!

    After the death of Rhoda, her mother, Sara Murray found a letter in Mom’s Bible that changed her life. The letter explained how her mother had been raised Amish. When Rhoda learned she was pregnant, she left
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    Lisa Johnson
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Title: The Forgiving Jar (Prayer Jar #2)
    Author: Wanda Brunstetter
    Pages: 320
    Year: 2019
    Publisher: Shiloh Press
    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    In the first novel, we meet a couple of female characters who have had tough lives. They live with broken hearts and dreams every day. One of them is named Michelle. Although she played herself off to a set of Amish grandparents as their long-lost granddaughter, she now returns to set the record straight. But will the woman who really is their granddaughter, S
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    Lori
    Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It never fails to amaze me how talented and wonderful Wanda Brunstetter is!!
    I just love her books and I look forward to her next book because she never disappoints!l
    I love how she can make her characters feel like real life people do
    I also enjoy her messages she puts throughout the book
    For example here is one Therefore of any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold , all things are new."
    I think Jesus meant for me to finish this book because this message was m
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    Sarah
    Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: barbour, review
    Sometimes sequels struggle to continue the storyline and keep the reader interested, but that is not the case with Wanda Brunstetter’s “The Forgiving Jar”. Picking up where “The Hope Jar” left off, book two in The Prayer Jars series focuses mainly on Sara Murray, although Michelle’s story continues to unfold as well. The two young women clash when they both begin living with Sara’s grandparents because of Michelle’s former deceit. Sara’s character was not very genial for a large portion of the b ...more
    Loraine
    I can always depend on Brunstetter's Amish fiction to be clean, gentle and spiritually filling. This second book in The Prayer Jars series fits these descriptors. Sara and Michelle, both characters from book 1, have had difficult past histories with family dysfunction. They both have fallen in love with the Amish town of Strasburg Pennsylvania and Sara's Amish grandparents. Antagonistic to one another because of Michelle's prior duplicity in pretending to be Sara, both girls are encouraged by Sa ...more
    Anne Rightler
    Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Forgiving Jar by much-loved author Wanda Brunstetter is the second book in her new series, The Prayer Jars. Readers will follow the characters from the first book in the series, The Hope Jar. The author has given enough of the back story of the characters that one could read The Forgiving Jar as a stand-alone without getting lost and having a lot of questions. I loved the characters --strong, resilient, and realistic with depth to their emotions, strengths, and foibles that readers will conn ...more
    Patti Whitson Stephenson
    Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This new book by Wanda Brunstetter is one of her best to date.. Wanda has the wonderful ability to tell a complex story in a simple, straightforward way. As indicated by the title, the theme of this book is forgiveness. Sara is struggling to forgive Michelle for deceiving her grandparents about Michelle’s true identity; Michelle is struggling to forgive her parents of the abusive treatment she received from them. Sara finds an antique jar filled with scriptures and prayers hidden away on a shelf ...more
    Deanne Patterson
    Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I am a big fan of Amish books, read them all the time and really enjoy them. I have read almost all of Wanda's, she has quite a few out. This book was a pure delight to read it picked up right where the first book in the series left off. I do recommend reading The Prayer Jars first to get the full benefit of the back story. It does explain the back story in this book but you'll really want to read the first one anyways. Tensions run high at the beginning of the book. Given the circumstances it i ...more
    Leslie M.
    Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
    I really enjoyed the first book in the series, so I was excited to read this one, and I found it to be just as enjoyable.

    The story continues to follow Michelle and Sara, who’s now returned to stay with her grandparents. Therefore, it would be quite helpful to read the books in order. Characters are realistic, though Sara does come across as a bit annoying at times with her tendency to hold on to her jealousy and anger. I enjoyed watching each girl go through struggles and insecurities on their w
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    Stacia | stacialovestoread
    *thank you to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


    In the previous book, The Hope Jar, Sara has just learned about her Amish grandparents. In this one, she’s finally able to go visit and meet them only to discover that there’s another girl, Michelle, living as her! And, to make matters worse, the imposter Michelle has come clean about her deceit AND THE GRANDPARENTS FORGAVE HER. Starting in, Sara is a already upset that someone else has
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    Vicky Sluiter
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Book Two in the Prayer Jars series, I would suggest reading Book One, The Hope Jar, or you’ll miss out on key parts of Sara and Michelle’s stories. A story of family and faith, the characters definitely have grown since the first book and I really liked them.

    Focusing on forgiveness, this book is a great reminder that we all have done things we shouldn’t, and we all need forgiveness, both from God and people. As Sara experienced, when we withhold forgiveness from someone who is truly repentant we
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    Pam Pavkov
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Forgiving Jar is the second amazing book written by Wanda Brunstetter in her new series The Prayer Jar. Wanda has accomplished another intriguing story full of love, faith, compassion, and forgiveness. This is such a unique story that it will definitely keep the readers interest throughout the entire book. The scriptures that have been chosen and mingled throughout this story are very appropriate. The use of an antique canning jar filled with these scriptures was a wonderful addition to the ...more
    Nancee
    Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Forgiving Jar is the second in The Prayer Jar series, and I enjoyed it even more than the first book in this series. Characters were well defined and likable. Events were realistic and true to the Amish culture. Ms. Brunstetter has researched the Amish over several years, and exhibits that knowledge through her writing. Her books are educational as well as pleasurable.

    Relationships developed naturally throughout this book, with trust issues being a strong point. Patience and tolerance were i
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    Lindsay
    Review: The Forgiving Jar The Forgiving Jar is about Sarah. You learn a bit about Sarah in the first book called The Hope Jar? Wanda does a really well job writing Sarah story along with Michelle's. If you are not a fan of Wanda Brunstetter you will be once you have read on of her books.The first book is about Michelle Taylor story. This book is about the English granddaughter's story of the Lapps. How would you feel if someone impersonated you? Well this is how it start in the second book with ...more
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