How cool is it to be Facebook friends with New York Times bestselling author Jason Wright…cooler yet that he lives right down the road (by country standards) and is an active part of our community here in Shenandoah County. Jason is a quintessential Connecter. He believes in the power of connection and practices it in his personal and community relationships, his faith in action, his friendly social media presence, and in the themes of his books. Jason’s heartwarming book Christmas Jars has been made into a movie and he has written several other wonderful books. But what I’m refleting on today is the way he has inspired me to continue believing in the importance of writing heartspoken notes and letters.
Jason’s True Letter Story
Before he was anywhere near as famous as he is today, I posted this video featuring Jason to my Facebook Group page (“The Art of the Heartspoken Note”). It was Jason’s personal testimony about the power of a handwritten letter that he received when his father died when Jason was 16 years old. It is a letter that he has kept to re-read and treasure. The older content from that Facebook group has been moved to my blog on the Notewriting tab, so if you want to learn to write personal notes and letters that comfort, encourage, and inspire, bookmark that link and come back regularly.
Letters star in Jason’s books
In 2008, Jason published his very popular The Wednesday Letters, and in 2011, he launched its sequel, The Wedding Letters. In both books (and sprinkled in his other books too), we find characters struggling with real-life challenges and hardships who prevail when true to the values of love, kindness, generosity, and family loyalty. Of course, I especially love the importance of letters—real handwritten letters—in these books.
During the “Great Pause” of COVID-19, Jason reflected again on his love for letters: “There’s Something Special About Letters.” Reading this was, for me, a “God hug” because I was feeling called myself to write a book about the power of note writing. So thank you, Jason, for inspiring me and others through your writing.
What letters come to mind?
Can you think back to a letter that came to you at a time in your life that really made a difference? Please share in the comments below or visit my Facebook Page and join the conversation. Or send me a private message.
Who needs to hear from you right now? It only takes a minute to write a note that can make someone’s day.
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USAToday bestselling author. He is also a political commentator, actor, and speaker who speaks on the origin of the Christmas Jar movement, the value of service, the lessons of failure, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics. (Click here to learn more about booking Jason for your event. Click here to learn about his consulting and support services for writers and authorss)
In 2007, while researching Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family westward from northern Virginia into the heart of the Valley.
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