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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (995 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason F. Wright Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Harvey | 2/19/2014

    " Though the book is entirely fiction in it's concept, it's a nice read with some really good highlights. There are a lot of extremely sad parts of the story and the conclusion is pretty surprising, but I would recommend it especially to someone who has experienced an emotional loss of a loved one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alecia D | 2/12/2014

    " This is a good book but it is so sad and for that reason, I didn't love it. It is a good story but just sad and I don't like to be sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/1/2014

    " Schmaltzy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 1/31/2014

    " Author of The Wednesday Letters. I found the beginning a bit too fast/choppy, the skipping of multiple years in one sentence left me wanting more. I found it a wonderful book, with a great message. Looks like he asked a few different people for help with this book, including Sheri Dew. Interesting huh? Would love to know what you think about the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/24/2014

    " Very Good. This is a surprising find for me in that it is christian and a sweet story. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly Mead | 1/23/2014

    " It was inspiring and a kind gentle book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting perspective on death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/4/2014

    " I thought that this book was a cross between any Nicholas Sparks book and "The Shack." It was a quick read, a little on the sad/depressing side, but still very good. I would definitely recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/2/2014

    " If I could, I would give this book six stars--so sweet, uplifting. Be sure you have kleenex handy though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 12/25/2013

    " This story covers the life of an orphan boy through his birth, adoption, marriage and loss of his wife and baby. Story is for those of faith, who are able to believe in people's extraordinary gifts. Some unusual twists towards end of book. Not for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 12/21/2013

    " Slow moving story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danni | 12/20/2013

    " This was such a sad book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 12/15/2013

    " I must be a hard hearted person but this book was not a tear jerker like I thought it was going to be. Simple fast read. Very Christian minded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Ziolkowski | 12/12/2013

    " I love Jason Wright. He takes people's tragedies and makes them come out on top. Not that it wasn't a hard road but they come through it. I loved the ending of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ally Martin | 12/8/2013

    " This book is very, very contrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 9/15/2013

    " Mixed feelings about this book. In some ways I liked it, it made me cry. I did find it a bit to nauseating with all the "God's plan" theology. I, personally, don't believe the whole "God needed them more than you did" or "It was God's will for them to die." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Engstrom | 6/5/2013

    " " The Cross Gardner " is one of my favorite books,it's a story about love and loss. A very moving story it looks at questions that many of us have asked ourselves over and over,It was a book I couldn't put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/31/2013

    " Wow This was sad and I thought really, one person can go through all that? I did really like the ending. Definitely thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/12/2013

    " Sad, poignant, story, but with an ending that gives you hope that time and reflection does ease loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/23/2013

    " Great message. But, I guess I just don't love his writing style. I don't feel drawn to read his books until the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julee | 10/1/2012

    " I am always up for a good Jason Wright book. I liked this one. I don't think it is one of his best, but I found it insightful and inspirational. A good uplifting book, with some nice things to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/31/2012

    " Great book. It's thought-provoking, inspirational, and spiritual but it's also a wonderful love story and has a hint of mystery. Whenever I drive by a roadside cross I will remember this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/15/2012

    " It had a great message, but it was a little predictable, thus ant-climatic... glad I read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 10/29/2011

    " I'm actually not sure what I thought. The other books I've read by this author I thoroughly enjoyed. I wouldn't say I didn't like this one, but definitely not as much. I realize it's a novel and not non-fiction, but there seemed to be a little misguided theology included and I found that odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Thayn | 9/25/2011

    " so good...loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Beardall | 6/24/2011

    " For me, this book was a reminder of how fragile life is, the importance of making memories with loved ones, and that we don't have to deal with life's challenges alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 5/15/2011

    " I couldn't put the book down, even when it continued to be sad. The ending is so amazing and thought provoking. It defies description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/12/2011

    " I love Jason Wright's writing style: easy to read and easy to feel every emotion the characters are feeling. The ending was...interesting. Religious, yet normal. I liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 4/22/2011

    " This is another of those books designed to make you feel better about dying. It's a nice message, that no one dies alone and if you are afraid to die then you'll probably like this story more. I thought the main character deserved a little more happiness in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 4/7/2011

    " I loved this book, it was a fast endearing read with a sweet twist at the end that had me in tear. This book is a must read.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 4/6/2011

    " A rather sad story about a man trying to deal with the death of his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 4/5/2011

    " It was inspiring and a kind gentle book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 4/5/2011

    " I LOVED this book. I cried, I laughed and I learned. Great story, characters you actually cared about and a beautiful message.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 3/17/2011

    " Words can't express how much I loved this book. Amazing. Cried my eyes out. Such a touching story, loved the lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalese | 3/7/2011

    " Really liked this book. Even brought me to tears, twice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 2/6/2011

    " This kind of overly dramatic sob sister stuff just isn't my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a sad tale of learning to deal with the loss of a loved one. It had a great twist that I didn't see coming. It is an easy read and one that I recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 1/26/2011

    " Great story of love. Easy read with a surprise ending. "

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About the Author
Author Jason F. Wright

Jason F. Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. He is the author of numerous novels, including The Christmas Sweater, Christmas Jars, and The Wednesday Letters. His articles have appeared in over fifty newspapers and magazines across the United States, including the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. Wright has been seen on Fox News, CNN, and C-SPAN and heard on many local and national radio shows.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.