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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reissue edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141659485X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416594857
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Beck's debut novel, the conservative radio and TV host (An Inconvenient Book) makes a weak attempt at a holiday classic in the vein of It's a Wonderful Life. Despite his single mother's financial hardships, 12-year-old Eddie is certain this Christmas he will receive his much-desired Huffy bike. To his dismay, what he finds under the tree is "a stupid, handmade, ugly sweater" that his mother carefully modeled after those she can't afford at Sears (one of four places she keeps part-time jobs). Eddie tosses the sweater and insults his mother before the two go visit his grandparents at their farmouse. On the drive home, though, Eddie's exhausted mother falls asleep at the wheel and crashes, dying instantly. Sent to live with his grandparents, an increasingly bitter and angry Eddie lashes out at his accommodating guardians, engages in typical teenage angst and grapples with belief in God. For all his focus on traditional family virtues like respect, love and forgiveness, Beck's lightweight parable cruises on predictability, repetition and sentimentality.
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About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is an eleven-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.

More About the Author

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 (www.mercuryink.com) that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at www.glennbeck.com and www.theblaze.com.

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Customer Reviews

It was very easy to read and I was riveted to the book to see once the story had unfolded how it was going to end.
joe228sam
This is a wonderful story from a man who really does value Christmas, it's meaning, and the ideals of family, love, forgiveness, and hope.
Laura Erwin
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.
Brett Kirschbaum

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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful By DMK - Indy on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Richard Langel on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By James R. Brown on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Scott on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Brett Kirschbaum on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Irene B. Sigmund on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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74 of 93 people found the following review helpful By James W. Henderson on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As you read this story your emotions are going in so many directions.This book is almost 300 pages however I started reading one night and because of other thing would have to stop then on the third day I had to make time to finish the book. It is the type of book that gives you hope, shows you,love and the true meaning of Christmas. Buy 1 for yourslf and then give them to the ones you love.
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Karen Miller on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book really lets you know what is important in life. A nice book to snuggle up with and remember the good and bad things in your own childhood.
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