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'The Christmas Sweater'
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At one time or another, we all face storms or difficulties in life. Glenn Beck, talk radio host and CNN Headline News personality, writes about his storm in "The Christmas Sweater."

The book, released just after the November election, is a novel, but it is based on Beck's real-life experiences. The book is a good Christmas story, but has a powerful message that is timeless and one that most everyone could relate to in some degree.

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I did not realize until after I'd read half the book that I had heard Glenn Beck's radio show. Whether you like or dislike his programs or agree or disagree with his political views is no reason to keep you from reading this book. "The Christmas Story" has nothing to do with politics.

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It is the story of a 13-year-old boy, Eddie Lee, and all that is going on in his life with Christmas being the focal point and his gift of a Christmas sweater, hand-knitted by his mother. Eddie Lee is actually Glenn (Edward Lee) Beck.

However, be prepared before you read it. The subject matter is not all light and happy. In fact, it is unsettling, but then life is sometimes that way too. I could not relax until I'd finished the book.

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My cousin, Hank McNabb of Pocahontas, gave us a copy of "The Christmas Sweater." It reads quickly. I recommend it to most ages, teenage and older, and it is available at the Lawrence County Library.

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