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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author, an inspiring story of life, love, and moving on.

Married and the father of a young daughter, John Bevan had finally found the traditional family he lacked as an orphaned child. But all that disappears when a fatal car accident steals away his wife - and the unborn child she carried.

Filled with sorrow, John withdraws from life and love. He erects a small cross at the scene of his wife's accident and visits daily, grieving. Then, one morning he encounters a young man kneeling before the cross, touching it up with white paint. John's conversations and travels with this mysterious man - known to him only as the Cross Gardener - will forever change his world.

From Jason F. Wright comes a timeless tale that explores the questions we ask when our lives are touched by loss: How do we carry on? And who will show us the way? The answers John Bevan finds illuminate the hope that even in our darkest hours we are not alone.

©2010 Jason F. Wright (P)2010 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking...[A] beautifully written book." (Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights...fresh and spiritual." (Don Piper, New York Times best-selling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real)

"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience." (Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons)

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Outstanding!

I absolutely loved this book. I literally couldn’t stop listening. Beautifully written and the narration was excellent. I highly recommend it!

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A beautiful book!

I loved this book...anyone who has lost a loved one will be comforted by this loving story..read it.

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Inspiring

An inspiring story that will make you look at your life and wish for all that is possible. It will make you feel good and make you cry. What a blessing that we have those authors like Jason F Wright that can write books to inspire, no bad language or things in them that make you feel less than human.

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Challenging Time Challenging Book

I listened to this book very shortly after loosing my mother, suddenly and unexpectedly. So, it was a challenging book to read. I think anytime you read someone's interpretation of how death works -- I think that you can get caught up in measuring every word, every interpretation, every point of doctrine. I found that it was much easier to open myself up to the ways in which healing can come from unexpected sources.

I especially enjoyed learning about life on an apple orchard. And, I could recognize in the story some of the universality of loss and grief.

However, that said, I found the device that Mr. Wright used in the cross gardener a little too distracting. I think the author was well-intentioned and I appreciated the uplifting tone, but this isn't a book I could recommend without reservations.

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