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The Christmas Sweater [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck , Kevin Balfe , Jason Wright , Paul Nunn
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (658 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 offers us a glimpse of our own lives -- while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Beck channels his softer side to offer a Christmas parable featuring 12-year old Eddie, whose hopes for a shiny new bicycle for Christmas are dashed when he finds an ugly, handmade sweater waiting for him under the tree. Eddie pitches a fit, dismaying his hardworking single mother—but will he regret his ingratitude when older? Naturally. There are no surprises in this contrived story, which is further doomed by Beck's ham-handed and histrionic reading. The maudlin material would have been better served by a seasoned narrator capable of conveying believability and evoking genuine feeling. A Threshold hardcover. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio and former Fox News television show host, is the author of Being George Washington, Broke, The 7, and 7 #1 New York Times bestsellers: An Inconvenient Book, The Christmas Sweater, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Original Argument, the children's version of The Christmas Sweater, and The Overton Window. He is also the author of The Real America and publisher of Blaze online. Visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 2873 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0IBU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it. November 12, 2008
I'll be honest. I am a 27 year old male who has not read a book since I was forced to in high school. I am a fan of Glenn Beck and when he tells stories on his radio show I find myself glued to my seat until he is finished telling it. When I found out he wrote a book, something inside me just had to read it. This book reads just like Glenn is sitting there telling me the story himself. It was impossible to put down. I thought I'd have it finished within a month or two. I finished it in 2 evenings. I hate to admit it, but by the end, I was crying like a baby. Eddie is a character that everyone can relate to. Please, do yourself a favor and read it. When you're finished, give it to someone else to read. It's just that good. Glenn, thank you so much for this story. I will treasure it forever.
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258 of 326 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your personal sweater November 11, 2008
I received my pre-ordered book last Friday, and finished it in less than 12 hours. At first I was disappointed that the message wasn't stronger, that the end didn't just hit me like Glenn predicted.

But as I went on afterwards and thought about it, the more it hit me. The power of this message is in redemption, it's in knowing how to handle the storms in your life and knowing who you can always count on. I now look at people in a different light, from my family to our friends to my kid's friends, trying to figure out what part of their personal storm they're in. I also look at myself, trying to decide to be a Russell or Glenn's grandpa, and actively help people along to get through their storm. It's a personal challenge to me to do even more than what I have in the past to be the person that God has wanted me to be. It's definitely worth the time to read.
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117 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read; even better gift! November 11, 2008
Yesterday I received an advanced order copy of Glenn Beck's book. Last night instead of watching mindless TV programs I began reading it. I have only read two other books cover to cover in one sitting, Living at the Summit by Dr. Tom Hill and The Little Gold Book of YES!Attitude by Jeffrey Gitomer but last night I read The Christmas Sweater cover to cover. Glenn Beck is well known for his political commentary and should anyone decide NOT to read his book because of his beliefs, it will be their loss. This is an amazing novel, not a political commentary, about a 12 year old boy who experiences rough times growing up and how he responds or better, reacts. It is a book about growing up, about believing in yourself, about having faith, and about change. The book brought back memories of people, places, things and events in my own life as a youngster that I had completely forgotten about. The book is based in part about Glenn's life as he explains at the end. It is a very compelling read that I not only recommend everyone reading but the book would make a fantastic Christmas gift especially if you get the collector's hard cover edition. Gymbeaux
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story about forgiveness November 11, 2008
I couldn't wait to read this book and loved the story. The most important point for me was that you
when you forgive yourself it makes it possible to forgive others. And to not be afraid of facing your fears
and moving forward. Staying stuck in the past is an easy trap many fall into, but it makes it impossible
to be optimistic about the future. I loved Glenn's point about it being meant for each person to be happy
if only they don't stand in the way of that and continue to work at it.
I also enjoyed reading parts I remember Glenn mentioning on his show, like when the elderly woman
with food stamps was in his Dad's bakery. I can imagine the effort it must have taken to write a
story so close to Glenn's heart.
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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Holiday Message November 12, 2008
By Scott
The Christmas Sweater is a story that will ring home with everyone who reads it. I finished the book in two-sittings. Mr. Beck tells his story with vivid imagery that flows so smoothly that you are almost watching it unfold. All of the characters are familiar, along with what they are experiencing. It is a fairly simple story and can be somewhat predictable, but rings true with every word. The climax will leave an unforgettable impression that will truly inspire you to spread the gift that this book offers. I believe this book will appeal to people from all walks of life and the message will leave some, if not most, in tears.
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gift of hope, thanks Glenn November 11, 2008
I have been having it rough here lately, and this book has reminded me that life is about what we want and how we go about getting it. Glenn Beck has nailed it with this story and the hope it can give you, One of only a few books i read from start to finish in one night. Thank you Glenn for bringing this story to the world in a time when it was really needed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mush November 14, 2010
A poorly written parable on being true to yourself and having faith in "something". Using hints of his own life, Beck presents a story that reads like a Chicken Soup for the Soul short story that is stretched out to novel length. The characters are either good or bad and the 12-year-old main character reasons like a 40-year-old. Ultimately, the message of the story is that we must "trust in who you really are" and that we should embrace atonement, defined as "when you forgive yourself for all you've done wrong, and forgive others for all they've done to you". Though described as a journey of faith, the ultimate message is one of humanism with God simply being a presence that wishes for everyone to be happy. Please see The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson for a better example of faith-based parable.
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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint ( that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at and

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