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The Hope Jar: Interview and Giveaway with Wanda Brunstetter

Interview and Giveaway with Wanda Brunstetter

Thanks so much for visiting Destination Amish, Wanda! Can you tell us about your new 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?

Which character in your new release is your favorite? Why?

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.

Tell us 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 upcoming books?

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.

How can readers connect with you?

Readers can connect with me via my website at I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest.

Fun news: Barbour Publishing is giving away a copy of The Hope Jar to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends! One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, August 27th.

Giveaway starts today, Monday, August 20th and ends Monday, August 27th and is only open to US residents.




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71 thoughts on “The Hope Jar: Interview and Giveaway with Wanda Brunstetter

  1. Haven’t read the book, “The Hope Jar” yet. Anything written by “Wanda Brunstetter ” is always a treat and gives you hope.

  2. I love those old blue jars that my grandmother used for canning. I remember one time that I felt deep sadness yet I wanted to find a companion for my pet bird. I did find one and I named that new bird Hope for what I needed so bad. That is why the name of this book resonates so much with me!

  3. The Hope Jar is a wonderful well written book by Wanda Brunstetter. Good interview with Wanda. I would like to win a copy of The Hope Jar to give to my sister. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a good week.

  4. Have read all of Wanda Brunstetter books and enjoy them all. I have a few of the old blur jars that had been my mother’s. I would love to win a copy of The Hope Jar!

  5. My Mom is 92, just recently entered the Nursing home, she has been a faithful reader of your books since The Shunning many years ago. Would love to win a copy of your new book for her !

  6. I really enjoy Wanda Brunstetter’s books and have a few, not sure how many. The new book, The Hope jar, sounds like a wonderful read and I would love to win a copy!

  7. I would love to read this book. It is funny that I came upon this today. My daughter is having a very bad family problem and I keep telling her we hope and pray everything will work out.

  8. I am so looking forward to all of the upcoming books and novellas. I have a few of your books autographed and would love to see you again when you come to Canton, Ohio.

  9. I always enjoy Wanda’s books. I even got to meet her and had a picture taken with her. Would love to win this new book. It sounds so good.

  10. I love Any Thing Wanda Brunstetter write. And just read the interview about The Hope Jar. And it sure bring many memories of my growing up. I’m going to love the book!! Thank You For Your Interview!

  11. Very much like the idea of a pretty blue hope jar. I have a similar one that really never gets seen, perhaps I should dig it out.

  12. This book, and the series, look wonderful! Your books are always on my list to purchase immediately – they are always enjoyable, compelling and wholesome! Thank you for sharing your gift with us, your readers.

  13. I have read many of Wanda Bruenstetter’s books. I would definitely love to read this one. After reading this interview with Wanda, it comes to show how much love that people have in helping others to overcome either a positive or negative situation that has occurred in their lifetime. All you need is a little bit of hope in helping you to overcome that situation and gods love in leading you in the right direction.

  14. my first Amish books were a set of books by Wanda….about Ohio Amish sisters, I thought at first, why a set ? but after each book, I realized I didn’t want “it” to end….I love her books and this new one sounds very interesting and I am excited to read it…..

  15. I have enjoyed reading this interview with Wanda about The Hope Jar and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books that she writes in The Prayer Jar series, I have been reading Wanda Brunstetter’s books for a long time now and I love them all. She writes such heartwarming stories. Thanks for the chance to win a copy

  16. I have been looking for this book. So far I haven’t. I go to wal mart and a book store here but so far no luck. I won’t give up! I love all your books.

  17. I only read Amish books, now, and enjoy their commitment to their faith & family. I realize that they are like most families with their own good times and some not-so-good. I marvel at their hard work ethic. I am looking forward to Wanda’s new book!
    I have a few old blue fruit jars that my Mom canned in, in various sizes. They now get used for vases at grad parties & weddings in our family! Too beautiful to can in, although they still can be used for that, as well! Blessings ~

  18. Cant what to have the chance to read this book. It would b e wonder full to have the chance to interview Wanda Brunstetter as i see her a great author.

  19. The Hope Jar was a very thought-provoking book. We all need hope no matter how old we are. We all crave love and a place of belonging and family. I can hardly wait for the next two books. Another great series Wanda and a good interview too!

  20. Wonderful interview. Look forward to reading this new book from Wanda. I have several blue jars that I use for storage/display.

  21. looking forward to another great book like this one. I have a whole library of Wanda e. Brunstetter books and love each one

  22. Really looking forward to your new book, as I do them all! So nice to have something to take you away from all the stress ineveryday life. Sit back, relax and have a wonderful eening with Wanda 🙂


  24. Wonderful interview with Wanda Brunstetter about her Prayer Jars series. The message of hope in God is needed today, thank you for having this in your books. I look forward to reading this entire series.

  25. I enjoy reading Wanda Brunstetter ‘s books. They are so uplifting and a delight to read. I have not read this one. The books are so detailed about the Amish lifestyle, that I can tell a lot of research goes into each book. keep up the good work.

  26. Great interview and The Hope Jar sounds amazing. I love Wanda’s books and I am sure this one will be awesome too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  27. The winner of The Hope Jar is Debbie Hazelton. Congratulations! Please watch your email for details on how to claim your book, Debbie. Thanks for entering, everyone!

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