Book Review: The Christmas Sweater

The Christmas Sweater
By Glenn Beck
273 Pages
Finished 12/18/08


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.

I put this book on hold at the library several weeks ago, and the line was long enough that I was sure I wouldn’t have a chance to read it until after Christmas. But, it came in a couple of days ago–lucky me! I enjoy holiday books and The Christmas Sweater was no exception. The based-on-a-true-story element gives the message being taught an even deeper meaning. I related to Eddie as I remembered the stubborn days of my youth….I’m sure my mom can recount more than one instance when I was acting selfishly and stubbornly stood my “I’m right, you’re wrong” ground. Hopefully I’ve grown up some since then 😉 . No matter the season, The Christmas Sweater is a book worth picking up and reading!

2008 Page Count: 10,311


2 Responses to “Book Review: The Christmas Sweater”

  1. Kate Says:

    I’ve been keeping my eye on a review from a friend on this one . . . thanks for letting me know it’s one I definitely want to read! 😉
    And, congrats on hitting your goal! 🙂

  2. Cami Says:

    Way to go on hitting your goal! I hope you will be able to slow down a bit to truly enjoy the Holidays.
    Merry Christmas

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