What I'm listening to: "Love Profusion" by Madonna
Another of the "adult" books (meaning not for kids or young adults) I've read recently is The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck.
Glenn Beck is a talk show host and also has a program on Fox News (that I can't seem to catch since I don't know what time it airs). I like listening to Glenn in moderate doses--his passion can sometimes be draining. And since I listen to him, I for sure wanted to check out his book. I wondered if he was a decent writer, too.
If You Could Change Your Life by Reversing Your Biggest Regrets, Sorrows and Mistakes...Would You?
We weren't wealthy, we weren't poor -- we just were. We never wanted for anything, except maybe more time together....
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 don't want to make you wait too long to find out if Beck is a decent writer, so the answer is: I don't know. The Christmas Sweater was a collaborative effort with Jason Wright (author of bestsellers like The Wednesday Letters and Christmas Jars), which means that Glenn Beck probably told the story and Wright wrote it--and we already know Wright can write. *Ha ha--author's pun**
Whether or not Beck can write well, I liked the book--for the most part. It dealt with some of those life moments that we all have when we're stubborn, angry turds. And in a parable-type way it taught some life lessons that I think would be good for people to learn. That being said, I hated the ending.
So, Mr. Beck, when you read my review, understand that I think you took the easy, wimpy way out in the last chapter. The story would have been so much more powerful if you hadn't done that gimmick. *smack you in the head* And it makes other authors want to rip their hair out (and I've talked to other authors that felt like doing that). I would recommend this book to anyone, and have thought of sending copies to friends. But if you read it, skip the last chapter. No, don't peek. Just trust me.
You can find out more about Glenn Beck on his radio program website and can order The Christmas Sweater on Amazon.com (where there's also an interview with Glenn Beck you can watch) or at other bookstores.