• The Christmas Sweater

  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Glenn Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (661 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times best-selling 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 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.

©2008 Mercury Radio Arts Inc. (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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    5 out of 5 stars

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 people found this helpful

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Overrated

Boring. Predicatable. And most cetainly not a tear jerker...unless you're menstuating, pregnant or on Prozac.

12 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Life Changing

I am giving EVERYone I know a copy of this for Christmas. You'll need two boxes of tissues as Glenn takes you by the hand and leads you through a life changing story of hope lost and faith found, then brings you full-circle to what truly matters and how to have it. This is a story that will become a time honored tradition in our home. Bravo!

10 people found this helpful

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Dont Miss ths one

You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be blessed. This is going to be a classic in my way of seeing it.

8 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Tears in Your Eye and Warmth in Your Heart

I am not usually emotionally moved by a book but 'The Christmas Sweater' brought tears to my eyes in several places. It is based on the life of radio and tv talk show host, Glenn Beck but liberals, don't let this turn you away - there is no political agenda or bent to this book. Rather, tt is a story of how a young boy learns the richness of life is not based on money and who he he is not based on what he can buy. I hope that this book triggers in you the same feelings it caused in me - to appreciate whoever we are and appreciate the wonderful things that life provides us - even life does not give you the material things you may crave. The story is based around Christmas but it is a story for all seasons...it will bring a tear to your eye and warmth in your heart.

7 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Full of Life Lessons

If you love God, Country and traditional values, Listen to this one with your children. Keep the kleenex nearby, and perhaps a notepad for any thoughts as you listen. Thank You Gren Beck for sharing this wonderful story, so appropriate for EVERY DAY LIVING!!! Bravo!

6 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Christmas Story

Although I listened to this story by myself the first time; I will listen to it again with my children 9 and 11 while traveling over the Holidays. This is a great book for those who want to remind our children that Christmas isn't about presents. There are things in life that you can't put a price tag on. Any child who listens to this story would have to be pretty selfish not to give up the hottest Christmas toy for a sweater that their Mom handmade for them. This is the first time I've ever read or listened to any of Glenn Beck's material and I look forward to following him - he packed a punch and left an impression in four short hours.

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Tears of sadness and joy!

This is a great little book. The narration is also wonderful. Expect to cry because the book is truly moving.

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Bravo

What a great lesson. I was a kid just as he describes, and until I listened to this book at 40 years old I had no idea why I was so angry as a boy. Now I understand that when my father left us when I was eight I felt ripped off jipped out of a dad. I was pissed off at everyone, ungrateful to everyone around me, I refused to see all people were doing. Today I can close that chapter with understanding. Glen from the bottom of my heart I am grateful for your journey.

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Excellent !

This is one of the greatest books I have ever listened to. The range of emotion is outstanding. Glenn Beck has really shown me the true meaning of life and I can see myself in many of the situations that are presented here and I feel everything that is intended through the book.

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