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“I began writing this story with the sole intention of only sharing it with my family. But something happened along the way: The story took over and wrote itself. There were things I had spent years trying (and eventually succeeding) to forget that just spilled out of the end of my pen; stories that I had never intended to share with anyone.
Yet now that the story is out, I share it with joy. It’s almost as if it wanted to be told. . .
And while some of the names and events have been changed, what follows is, at its core, the story of the most important Christmas of my life. In the spirit of this blessed season, I share this story as my gift to you. May it bring you and your loved ones the same joy it's brought to me.” — Glenn Beck
If you could change your life by reversing your biggest regrets, sorrows and mistakes. . . would you?
#1 New York Times bestselling 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 twelve 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 offersus a glimpse of our own lives — while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them.
- Published: November 2008
- Size: 5" x 7"
- Pages: 304
About the Author
Glenn Beck is a nationally syndicated radio host, founder of GBTV, and the author of nine national bestselling books, seven of which reached the #1 position on the New York Times list: The Original Argument; Arguing with Idiots; Glenn Beck’s Common Sense; An Inconvenient Book; the novels The Overton Window and The Christmas Sweater; and the children’s book The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His new holiday novel, The Snow Angel, is now available in hardcover from Threshold Editions.
by Norrine - reviewed on November 23, 2008
I just bought this book yesterday, and stayed up most of the night reading it. Very well written, and it really tugs at the heart-strings! I recommend it to anyone who wants a new and different Christmas story
by Customer - reviewed on November 11, 2008
This is a great book to read to get into the Christmas Spirit. It will help all who read it remember the reason for the season
by Jennifer - reviewed on November 11, 2008
This book is very well written with a lot of emotion. It is a fairly quick read (for being a 300 page book) that really draws you into the story. I love it!
A wonderful journey through anger, terror, guilt and finally spiritual compassion and gratitude!
by Customer - reviewed on December 16, 2008
This book was wonderful! It is an easy read and so great during the holidays. You will love this book and the message that it brings. We can see a little of ourselves in the main character.
True spirit of Christmas.
by Julie - reviewed on November 17, 2008
What a sweet story! I think we have a new favorite Christmas story.
by Christina - reviewed on November 24, 2008
My husband and I read this book together a few chapters at a time for family home evenings and loved it! It is very hard not to cry while reading it - so be careful about doing this. You'll never want to put it down!
One of a kind
by sheldon - reviewed on November 27, 2008
We've known Glen and Tania for four years. His own story of his former wayward life, the despair he felt and their conversion to the Church are a vivid example that the Gospel can help everyone. His rising prominence speaks loudly that the listening audience enjoys his honesty, forthrightness and well considered approach. He is one of a kind.
Very Good-- Easy read and tear jerker
by Kailey - reviewed on December 21, 2009
This book will make you think about your life, and what's important. You can tell that this book was written from the heart. I bought it for my sister, and read it before I gave it to her, I'm glad I did!