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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.
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By Chris on 11-13-08
Very Rewarding Listen
This was great!
If you enjoy Glenn Beck on the radio, then you'll appreciate the fact this book was read by Glenn himself. The narration is perfect. I was glued to his story till the very end.
I'm not the type to write a review, but, I feel this book has given me something. So, in the simple act of giving back I felt compelled to write a little something nice. My way of saying thanks.
I don't think I'll ever forget this book.
23 of 28 people found this review helpful
By Bonnie on 02-06-12
If you could sum up The Christmas Sweater in three words, what would they be?
What did you like best about this story?
The message of Hope and Redemption.
What about Glenn Beck’s performance did you like?
His character vocalizations. Having watched Glenn Beck's FNC program I felt like I got to really know the basis of his passion in this book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The surprise ending and Glen's vulnerability to write about the painful events in his own life and share them.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful