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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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    "Keep the kleenex handy"

    My husband and I listened to the audio on a roadtrip to Myrtle Beach. Normally we make several stops on the way but this trip we drove straight through because we didn't want shut it off. I am giving copies of this book to my family for Christmas. We loved it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    I Kapowsin, WA, United States 12-06-09
    I Kapowsin, WA, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Check download"

    Book length says 4 hrs. 49 mins. Mine only downloaded 4:24. Chapters 4 & 5 appear to be missing. I believe the book has 16 chapters, mine downloaded 14. Chapter 4 on iTouch list is actually Chapter 6.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09
    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09 Member Since 2005

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    "The Christmas Sweater"

    Glenn Beck made this story come to life. My husband saw it live, we both read the hardcover book and I listened to the audiobook. Know matter how you view it, this book is great, full of emotion, so have your kleenex handy. :J

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 01-13-09
    Benjamin 01-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    I highly encourage everyone looking for a great book to give The Christmas Sweater a listen. You won't be sorry.

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    Florina Beaufort, SC, United States 01-11-10
    Florina Beaufort, SC, United States 01-11-10
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    "Good book, well read"

    Good listen, very touching

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    John Tyler, TX, USA 03-30-09
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    "Christmas Sweater"

    Well done story with great messages. Easy listen.

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    cassie 01-09-09
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    "Overrated"

    Boring. Predicatable. And most cetainly not a tear jerker...unless you're menstuating, pregnant or on Prozac.

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    Randerson Tejas 12-12-08
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    "A new Christmas tradition"

    I enjoyed this book very much. My story is alot like his story...thanks for telling it to others.

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    Patricia San Diego, CA, USA 02-23-09
    Patricia San Diego, CA, USA 02-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Christmas Sweater"

    This book is incredible. Not only a holiday book--this is a book about love, appreciation, redemption and atonement. This is one for every library to be shared with the world.

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    Thomas ephrata, PA, USA 12-29-08
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    "bad eddie"

    eddie was a very bad boy, but with good reason. the ending is worth the read. dont give up, read it all the way thru. its really and truly a wonderful book. thanks glenn.

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