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The Christmas Sweater Audiobook

The Christmas Sweater

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times best-selling author and renowned radio and television host Glenn Beck delivers an instant holiday classic about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.

"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

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    Carl Medlock 12-21-08
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    "Bravo"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Marion, IA, United States 12-15-08
    Ralph Marion, IA, United States 12-15-08

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    "Excellent !"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Arden Hills, MN United States 11-20-08
    Grace Arden Hills, MN United States 11-20-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Tears of sadness and joy!"

    This is a great little book. The narration is also wonderful. Expect to cry because the book is truly moving.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Rutherford 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it prophetic. like looking back and forward"

    like looking forward and back at the same time. like the Bible does only it is written for today?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gabby 12-11-15
    gabby 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Christmas Sweater in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational , emotional , wonderful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all were strong and important.


    What about Glenn Beck’s performance did you like?

    Heartfelt



    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone. God can and does change us all .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Dennis 11-03-15
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    "I Love this Book - Listen to it Once a Year"
    If you could sum up The Christmas Sweater in three words, what would they be?

    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"


    What other book might you compare The Christmas Sweater to and why?

    No comparison in my opinion


    Which character – as performed by Glenn Beck – was your favorite?

    Grandpa, a very normal guy.. made me feel I was listening to my own grandpa


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen ENID, OK, United States 01-30-14
    Eileen ENID, OK, United States 01-30-14
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    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up The Christmas Sweater in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listening, enjoyable book, surprise ending. Glen Beck (the reader) was very easy to listen to and the story flowed with him reading the book. The book starts out with a sad beginning which causes the boys rebellion through out the book. Even though the boy is filled with rebellion you have sympathy for him because he is causing himself so much emotional harm. You understand the boy. The book did flow and there is one extremely happy part to the book that makes you want to cry tears of joy. The book is a good read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book was all about Ed a 13 year old boy with adults surrounding him. Ed or Eddie was my favorite character.


    What about Glenn Beck’s performance did you like?

    He is an awesome reader as well as an awesome writer.


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    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-17-13
    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "It will get you in the spirit"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a big fan of Glenn Beck. If I had known of his politics before buying it, I probably wouldn't have. That would have been my loss. It's a very good book and will put you in a Christmas mood by the end.

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    James Austin, TX, United States 02-06-11
    James Austin, TX, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting story that you'll find hard to put down"

    This is a very heart warming story that I'd recommend to anyone with no hesitation. The author may be a divisive person in the political and media arena, but this is an excellent book. It is a story that most people can related to and many can at least empathize with. I applaud Beck for writing such a fantastic book. You really will have a hard time putting this down.

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    Herb 04-09-10
    Herb 04-09-10
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    "Sweet but disappointing"

    Glenn Beck has jumped into the nostalgia realm with a sweet little book about a memory that he has of his childhood. I certainly appreciate the effort and applaud his willingness to open himself up and be transparent in this fairy tale of sorts.
    I found myself totally absorbed in the movement and style of his writing and the voice he used to keep me interested and even entertained throughout ... until the bitter end. I say the bitter end because I found that his use of a rather hackneyed finale to be somewhat disappointing. He had set me up for something truly extraordinary but just could not give a strong payoff.
    Please do not hear me saying one should not read or listen to this book. For many people it will hold a wonderful feeling of comfort for the "old days of yore." But for me, the nostalgia simply was not enough to satisfy my love of the ironic twist and the unexpected ending that is both logical and not totally unexpected.
    So, I'm not going to say how it ends, since that is for the reader/listener to discover and then decide for himself whether or not it is satisfying. I only want to prepare the reader to not expect too much and to not be too disappointed if it does not completely satisfy. Enjoy it for what it is. I did. But, don't expect it to be more than a simple little nostalgic memoir and nothing else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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