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The Christmas Sweater | [Glenn Beck]

The Christmas Sweater

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.
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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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    Joann POCATELLO, ID, USA 11-29-08
    Joann POCATELLO, ID, USA 11-29-08
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    "Excellent Christmas Story"

    Although I listened to this story by myself the first time; I will listen to it again with my children 9 and 11 while traveling over the Holidays. This is a great book for those who want to remind our children that Christmas isn't about presents. There are things in life that you can't put a price tag on. Any child who listens to this story would have to be pretty selfish not to give up the hottest Christmas toy for a sweater that their Mom handmade for them. This is the first time I've ever read or listened to any of Glenn Beck's material and I look forward to following him - he packed a punch and left an impression in four short hours.

    6 of 10 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

    Colonial Radio Theatre's Biggest Fan...

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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, United States 02-06-11
    James Austin, TX, United States 02-06-11
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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
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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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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-10
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Scared off by the name Glenn Beck?"

    I didn't know much about Glenn Beck when I chose this book. I knew he was a republican talking head and that was about it. I was afraid this book would be more propaganda and less story but the other reviews convinced me to get the book anyway. What I heard was a story about dealing with your own personal demons and personal redemption. Does the story have a republican slant? Yes, but only once or twice does the story become heavy handed in that respect. Does the story deal with religion? Definitely. As an atheist I decided it was no different than reading about orcs, dragons, or aliens. Just keep and open mind and give it a listen. The story has a message for anyone that will ever face a rough patch in their life. So basically everyone.

    The three stars are for the average writing and less only adequate narration. I really wondered how Glenn Beck gets people to listen to him with some of those character voices.

    PS:Length of the story is about perfect so the book doesn't drag on too long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael Sowiak 12-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book for you and your teenagers"

    My wife and I listened to it on a trip. Found it to be enjoyable and inspiring. Overall his narration was very good but at times he lowered his voice so much that it required me to have to raise and lower the volume numerous times.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 12-14-08
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 12-14-08 Member Since 2006
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    "a good Christmas story"

    I really enjoyed this book, but the ending was a little too cheesy for me. That said, I still really liked it enough to listen to it again with my teenage kids. They really liked the beginning, but then they said, "enough already!" and voted it down. I guess there was too much philosophy in it for them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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