The Christmas SweaterBook - 2008
If you could change your life by reversing your biggest regrets, sorrows, and mistakes . . . would you?
When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. He knew money had been tight since his father died, but Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to afford that dream bike.
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 fateful events that transpired that day, Eddie begins a dark and painful journey toward 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 life's path and finally understand the significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted with love.
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This story is written from the prospective of Eddie, a twelve year old boy who is at the threshold of his teen years and believes that even after the sudden death of his father, his life would be so much better if he finds the bike of his dreams under the Christmas tree. Instead, he finds a sweater, lovingly hand-knitted by his mother. When Eddie fails to understand the vast treasure he has in his family, the breakdown in their relationship begins. After his mother's tragic death, Eddie's sullen and spiteful attitude is like a brick wall that keeps those who love him unconditionally away. His road to maturity is difficult for everyone involved and made more painful by his choice to blame God and those around him for his lack of material things.
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