Copyright 2001 - Present by John Snyder
NOTE: The story is set in Chicago and Baltimore in 1944 with flashbacks backs to the 1920s and 1930s.

Sometimes the road to redemption and forgiveness can be a rocky one. Thatís what Jacob McCallum discovered on his arduous journey. At one time, Jacob had it all; wealth, a wonderful family and he was one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. Then he made some bad decisions and all that changed. For the past twenty years he has been in an alcohol induced haze, riddled with guilt for the dreadful things he has done to his family and his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his family and penniless, he has been living in jails, on the street and jumping freight trains for transportation. Realizing he is on the downhill side of life, Jacob embarks on a journey to find his children, seek their forgiveness and reunite with them. Befriended by a pastor at a Salvation Army mission, he struggles to transform his life, finally overcoming his demons, but not without a fair number of setbacks. Jacob becomes a Salvation Army Bell Ringer at Christmastime. While ringing his bell on a street corner he meets a young girl who, through a series of strange coincidences, leads him back to his family and facilitates his forgiveness just in time for Christmas.
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Jacob's Bell - A Christmas Story
The story of how an unlikely friendship between an old man and a little girl saves a family.
Jacob's Bell - A Christmas Story
will be released October 2, 2018!
Jacob's Bell
A Christmas Story
The story of how an unlikely friendship between an old man and a little girl saves a family.
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Jacob's Bell
A Christmas Story

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"Jacobís Bell by John Snyder is a splendid achievement and 'rings' with many truths. Snyder cares about his characters and makes us come to care as well. He gives us Jacob McCallum, a man who had it all until his addiction to alcohol took everything away and he lost his fortune, his family and his way in life. Snyder writes with simplicity and depth about the harshness and vagaries that life can bring but also about its beauty. He shows a reverence for the past and memories that may be from years ago but which are given as fresh and as near as this minute. His prose resounds with a love of people and the world and is grounded in the particulars of our America - its cities and byways, its taverns and highways. Jacobís Bell is a book that has, in my judgment, exceptional merit. It registers the redemptive power of forgiveness and love and I highly recommend it.
- Brian Avery, Film Producer, Yari Film Group - Los Angeles, CA

ďJacobís Bell takes readers on a journey of success & failure, love & hate, bitterness & repentance.  This tale promises to become a Christmas classic that transports each of us to many familiar and unfamiliar places all the while calling us to a place of forgiveness and restoration.  Jacobís Bell is a gift that reminds us of the TRUE meaning of Christmas and the forgiveness that comes when we trust in Godís indescribable giftÖhis Son Jesus.  Jacobís Bell will hold a special place in our family library and Christmas tradition!Ē
- Jeff Sheets, Former President, Echolight Studios - Franklin, TN
ďI was so moved by John Snyderís latest book, Jacobís Bell. It reminded me of Godís blessings in our lives and how there is nothing more important than generosity, family, faith and forgiveness. With these things, the impossible becomes possible. John has reminded us why Christmas is so special, and I am truly blessed to have read this remarkable story. Amen.Ē
- Dan Angel, Film Producer & President of Fezziwig Studios - Los Angeles, CA
In Praise of Jacob's Bell