Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall become a memorial to the people of Israel forever….” “…So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”—Joshua 4:4-6, 24

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • Are you living life without a compass, being swept along without direction and purpose?
  • Are you on the solitary journey through grief and loss?
  • Are you an overwhelmed mother wanting to make the most of the years you have with your children?
  • Are you longing for God’s love, yet have wandered far from Him?
  • Are you entering a new season of life, and longing for a Fresh Calling?

Don’t miss the blessings, both now and for future generations, that God has planned for your life. Just like the Israelites who passed through the Jordan River so long ago, you too can discover your stones in the river, to serve as your spiritual markers of God’s faithfulness through every season.

Throughout the more than 350 beautifully designed pages, author Jo King Jackson lovingly invites you to join her for an authentic journey through the twelve stones in her own river of life, as well as giving guidance for you to discover God’s purpose for your life. She shares the good and bad, the joys and pain, guiding each reader to more fully appreciate God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. You’ll see your own story unfolding alongside Jo’s tale, as she lovingly challenges you to identify your own spiritual markers, the stones in your river of life.

Throughout the pages of Stones in the River, Jo Jackson calls you to live a life that is truly a testimony to God. No matter what challenges you face today, you are shaping your own spiritual family legacy of God’s faithfulness.

Look back on your journey thus far with our faithful God. What stones are in your river of life? At the end, it’s the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit on your heart. I encourage you to discover them, gather them, name them, embrace them, and pass them on as a living spiritual legacy of God’s love, grace and faithfulness.” – Jo King Jackson

TALKING POINTS

  • Dealing with chapters in life such as divorce, parenting, seasons of friendship, caregiving, death of a spouse, cancer, becoming a grandparent, and mentoring
  • Three reasons that spiritual markers are important for a Christian
  • What will be the stones in the river of your life?
  • Our spiritual legacy – what we leave behind for our family, spiritually
  • Creating “living stone moments” – engaging your family
  • Inspiration in a time of unrest in this weary world, slowing down to find God
  • Male first responders/military: what is it about this book that they’re finding so healing?
  • A topic for upcoming days of note:
    • Grandparents Day – September 9th
    • World Gratitude Day – September 21st
    • Holiday Season   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Jo King Jackson is a former teacher and small business owner who resided in Newport Beach, CA, prior to residing near Fresno, CA and Atlanta, GA with her husband Don.

The wide range of experiences that have shaped Jo’s life – chronicled in Stones in The River include a failed marriage, the joys of motherhood, the pain of miscarriage, the rekindling of a lost friendship, caregiving, losing a spouse to cancer, finding love again, and enjoying life as a grandmother while pursing a fresh calling for God’s kingdom work.

Her work on Stones in the River began in an auspicious way: “One day as I was emptying the contents of a crusty, old trunk, I found myself surrounded with remnants and reminders of the favorite people, places, experiences, and events of my life. The passage Joshua 4:4-6, 24 came to my mind as I reflected on so many wonderful memories.

As I pondered these verses on that barn-wood floor, I began to think, how can I gather my stones of God’s faithfulness in my life to help those whom I love who are coming along after me—my precious children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren?  How can I record the testimony of God’s faithfulness to me and our family as indisputable evidence of God’s love and care?

My mind raced as I considered God’s hand on my life and pondering all my own ‘stones’ strewn before me on the floor. So began my study of Joshua’s Stones in the River.”