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Courageous if not a bit Confusing
on November 17, 2008
With the word "Christmas" in the title and knowing that Glenn is a spiritual man of great faith, I admit I sat down to read this book coming from a place of spiritual anticipation of a message of the true meaning of the atonement and redemption. Perhaps I placed too much expectation on the author to write a seasonally relevant story of his life that would tie into the ultimate "atonement" story. That may not have been Glenn's intention at all. Perhaps it was meant only as a pseudo-autobiographical sketch of the author and the personal insights he experienced in his life story. That in and of itself was beautifully penned in this book. So, either way, his story left me with an almost palpable feeling of sadness and longing. I wanted to scoop up little Eddie and just hold him. But then I would reflect on the truly admirable man the author has become; his courage, his principles, integrity and grace, and I was infused with the true spirit of Christmas which is hope in a saving grace. One thing I did have trouble with, from a theological standpoint was Glenn's definition of atonement. Caveat - Glenn never claimed to be trying to define atonement, and perhaps this is more of a "disagree/not divide" issue between believers. I have always believed the gift of the "atonement" was based on the fact that none of us are worthy, that there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, but that it is a free gift from God. We will be in heaven because of the atonement not because of anything we can ever do to earn it. Maybe I took this book down a path the author didn't intend for it to go, theologically speaking. But I admire Glenn's ability to paint such a vivid picture of loss and reconciliation. Between his radio, tv, painting and authorship, we have a true American Treasure on our hands, and a much needed voice in this time of uncertainty and trouble.