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James Russell Lingerfelt divides his time between meetings in Southern California and his family's ranch in north Alabama where he works and writes full time. To learn more, visit

2013-11-21-MasonJarFrontCoverlowres.jpgMake sure to check out The Mason Jar, a coming of age love story from the male perspective by James Russell Lingerfelt. The novel helps readers find healing after severed relationships.

The Mason Jar movie is scheduled for pre-production in 2015 and will be directed in the same dramatic and romantic tones as The Notebook (2004) and Pride & Prejudice (2005). Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

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Entries by James Russell Lingerfelt

9 Questions to Ask Before Committing to a Relationship

(20) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 10:34 AM

It's tempting to jump into relationships when we meet someone we believe is wonderful. But if it takes a few months to begin gauging someone's character, and two to three years to truly know them, we are setting ourselves up for disaster if we commit too soon.


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5 Ways To Know It's Time To Move On

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:10 PM

When blinded by our infatuation (which can last anywhere on average from three months to two years), it's impossible to look at our relationship objectively. We might dwell on their positive attributes at all times and make excuses for them when they behave badly.

We desperately want it to...

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Why You Shouldn't Apologize For Loving Someone

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:22 PM

On our blog, we've received a lot of private messages from broken people. Hurting. This entry is dedicated to them.

To love or not to love is a choice.

We can love, love, love, but sometimes, that love isn't returned. That's not our fault. We chose to...

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6 Steps to Forgiving People

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Shakespeare wrote that the two most bitter enemies are those who once loved each other. Here's how to find healing through forgiveness.

1. Recognize the problem isn't him or her. It's us.
It's never someone "out there." It's in here.

Hatred is the only time in life where we...

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5 Signs You Should Date Him or Her

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:29 AM

"You don't meet someone when you first meet them," joked Chris Rock. "You meet their representative!" Given that we've all been fooled by "appearances," here's five signs to help us along.

1. Trusted family and friends introduced you.
Most everyone wears their best face when they first...

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If I Stay: A Movie With a Great Message

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Warning! Spoilers!

If I Stay is an epic that asks us to focus on the loves we have in our lives and the importance of pursuing our dreams and passions.

Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), a levelheaded high school senior, lives in Portland with her former rock-star, guitar and drums...

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The Fault in Our Stars: Why We Should Watch It Twice

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Warning! Spoilers!

What happens when you bring a talented, experienced cast and crew together with a well-written, multi-layered story, and everyone believes in the film's message? A movie, if we watch 2014-06-10-TFIOS.jpgtwice, helps us discover numerous lessons we may have missed the...

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Moms' Night Out: A Film for the Family

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Moms' Night Out is a great movie for the entire family.

Crowds of moms, who also live as sisters, wives, and daughters, can come together, enjoy a good laugh and be reminded of a healthy truth: Our worth is not defined by status or employment but our worth is...

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Movie Review: Walking With the Enemy

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:56 PM

The chilling, opening speech from Hitler sets the tone for Walking with the Enemy.
Unlike a biopic such as Schindler's List, Valkyrie or a mini-series like Band of Brothers, but Walking with the Enemy definitely deserves a place...

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An Unconventional Marriage: Why We Chose a Different Route

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:42 AM

My friend Brooks Conkle just got hitched in a way that surprised everyone. But it worked for him.

Perhaps you know someone with a similar story. Or perhaps it's your own! If so, please share in the comments section below.

I asked Brooks if I could interview him and...

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7 Romantic Films Men Love

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Want to watch a movie with your man on Valentine's Day?

"But men don't like romance movies," say many women. Think again. They just have to be the right kind.

Common threads of a romantic movie a man will watch: The screenplay is written by men, the film is...

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During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 4 of 4)

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Continued from Part 3 of 4

My fondest memories of growing up was when we bought that house just across the road from 2013-12-12-strip.jpgyou, and spent our summers there. On the weekends, Dad made Wayne and I mow and weed-eat...

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During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 3 of 4)

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Continued from Part 2 of 4


As weeks passed, you slowly began returning to us in full attention. You became more cognitive and held longer conversations. The doctor said what you needed now is laughter. So we recounted stories from the past, to help you remember the...

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About Time Movie Review: 5 Reasons You Should Watch It

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Warning! Spoilers!

The writing is wonderful. The casting and acting is spot on. But what else could we expect from Writer/Director Richard Curtis? He brought us Notting Hill and Love Actually.

Mr. Curtis breaks rules screenwriting coaches swear by. His twists are explosions, and just when you think you know...

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During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 2 of 4)

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:36 PM

continued from Part 1 of 4


During the beginning of your depression, you were vulnerable and laid bare. All pride and ego 2013-11-22-strip2.jpegwas gone. You were like a scared child again. You rose from the bed on your own,...

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During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 1 of 4)

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 6:54 PM

Dear Grandpa,

"As a man thinks, so is he." Those were the words you spoke to Wayne and I as long as I can remember. You told us we are what we think. "Be careful," you'd say. "Be careful little ears what you hear, little eyes what you see, little...

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Don't Apologize for Loving Someone -- Not Ever

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:46 PM

On our blog, we've received a lot of private messages from broken people. Hurting. This entry is dedicated to them.

We can love, love, love but sometimes that love isn't returned. That's not our fault. To love or not to love is a choice. We chose to love....

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