"We weren't wealthy, we weren't poor - we just were. We never wanted for anything, except maybe more time together...."
When Eddie was 12 years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder - and money tighter - since his father died and the family bakery closed, Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning.
What he got from her instead was a sweater. "A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater" that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.
Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don't always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life's most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie's dark and painful journey on the road to manhood.
It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family - and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell - to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.
Based on a deeply personal true story, The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith, and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives - while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them.
©2008 Mercury Radio Arts Inc.; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
What a great lesson. I was a kid just as he describes, and until I listened to this book at 40 years old I had no idea why I was so angry as a boy. Now I understand that when my father left us when I was eight I felt ripped off jipped out of a dad. I was pissed off at everyone, ungrateful to everyone around me, I refused to see all people were doing. Today I can close that chapter with understanding. Glen from the bottom of my heart I am grateful for your journey.
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This is one of the greatest books I have ever listened to. The range of emotion is outstanding. Glenn Beck has really shown me the true meaning of life and I can see myself in many of the situations that are presented here and I feel everything that is intended through the book.
This is a great little book. The narration is also wonderful. Expect to cry because the book is truly moving.
This book has a great message about the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes we go through storms in life but we have to quit feeding the storm and realize we are all worthy of God's love.
I love this book. Great message. I read it twice a year. You'll love it.
like looking forward and back at the same time. like the Bible does only it is written for today?
Inspirational , emotional , wonderful
They all were strong and important.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone. God can and does change us all .
Through the eyes and heart of a young boy to a man. The Christmas Sweater will make you wonder "How do I look or have looked at my parents"
No comparison in my opinion
Grandpa, a very normal guy.. made me feel I was listening to my own grandpa
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