In 2008, Radio Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Beck wrote “The Christmas Sweater.” It is a holiday-themed novel that touches on issues like family, faith, and forgiveness.
From the Amazon description,
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.
Glenn Beck explained that this story had some deeply personal inspirations into the book and you can tell. It is heartfelt and definitely hit on all of the holiday themes. He definitely makes you angry at Eddie in one moment and then the next you want to cheer him on. It is an excellent and well-written tale of hope at Christmas.
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