Book Review: The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
"The Christmas Sweater," by Glenn Beck is a book that everyone should read. A twelve year old boy who is an only child, has some hard lessons to learn.
Eddie's wish for Christmas
In the beginning of "The Christmas Sweater," Eddie, a twelve year old boy is growing up as an only child. His father was a baker who owned his own bakery, and this was a family project between Eddie, and his mother. The family did well until Eddie's dad became very ill with cancer and died. Ever since that time, life was a struggle for Eddie's mom, and she had to work 4 jobs in order to keep them afloat after selling off the bakery.
Eddie, as a typical twelve year old kid, had dreamed of getting a brand new Huffy bicycle for a very very long time. And he just knew that since he was being of so much help to his mother, that this was the year he was going to get that bike, no ifs, buts, or maybes about it. He could hardly wait for Christmas morning, as that beautiful bike would surely be right there awaiting him.
Sometimes things are different and not what you expect
Eddie and his grandpa were always close, and they often clowned around and played games together. They always spent time peeking at the Christmas presents when no one was looking, and then sealed them up, putting them back under the tree. Eddie and his grandpa were snooping under the tree at their presents, and Eddie was looking for a clue about that bicycle, yet he couldn't find any sign of getting one. And when Christmas morning came.......no bike. At least not from his mother, but instead, she gave him a sweater she knitted. How disappointing. Eddie was so angry, that he threw the sweater on the floor in a ball in his bedroom. His mother was so hurt.
Maybe, just maybe, the bike would be at his grandma and grandpa's house when they got over there on Christmas Day. Yet, Eddie was so mad at his mother, he wasn't willing to let go of it. And as it turned out, there was no bike at grandma and grandpa's either. Eddie was so angry, and all the way home he couldn't look at his mother. It was then, that tragedy struck.
You will have to read this book to find out more. I don't want to give any more of this story away. You will find it very sad and heart rendering for sure. It has some life lessons in it for all of us.