Discussion #1: The Christmas Sweater

So are you ready to chat about book #24, The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck? Let’s give it a whirl and open up our first discussion with a few questions:

  • Eddie undergoes such hardship with the loss of his father, and then mother within the same year. Do you think he handles the loss well?
  • Do you feel sympathetic toward Eddie in the struggles he faces? Does he have something to gain from the life-changing experiences?
  • Does it seem as if Eddie’s teacher has insight on his needs by introducing him to the neighbor, Taylor?
  • What are your thoughts on Beck’s writing style?
  • Anything else you care to comment about with regard to chapters 1-8?

We’re anxiously awaiting your thoughts – bring ’em on, Chicken Lit’ers!

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3 Responses to Discussion #1: The Christmas Sweater

  1. * Eddie undergoes such hardship with the loss of his father, and then mother within the same year. Do you think he handles the loss well?
    His reaction & feelings appear to be the norm in the way people typically handle grief: shock, disbelief, anger, blaming God, etc. But I think he needs to step out of himself and turn to others for support before he can get over his loss completely.

    * Do you feel sympathetic toward Eddie in the struggles he faces? Does he have something to gain from the life-changing experiences?
    Absolutely. How awful for a child to be forced to deal with such a heavy burden. If these events actually happened to Glenn Beck during his childhood, I feel horrible about the pain he endured – and yet, it must’ve made him a stronger person over time, judging by his successful career.

    * Does it seem as if Eddie’s teacher has insight on his needs by introducing him to the neighbor, Taylor?
    No doubt about it. Given the small town atmosphere, she had to know the 2 boys could benefit from becoming friends. Can’t wait to see where that goes!

    * What are your thoughts on Beck’s writing style?
    I like the fact that his writing is quick, to the point, and easy to read. However, I do get the feeling the book has quite a bit of ‘filler’ (blank pages & pictures between chapters), almost as if he’s trying to stretch it out.

    * Anything else you care to comment about with regard to chapters 1-8?
    I’m hoping to see Eddie’s relationship with his grandfather return to what it was before Christmas. The humor, games & conspiracies were fun to read about. Perhaps Taylor help snap Eddie out of his funk?

  2. maksbestfriend says:

    * Eddie undergoes such hardship with the loss of his father, and then mother within the same year. Do you think he handles the loss well?

    I think that he is going through the stages of grief as well as any child could be expected to be at that age. I wonder if he isn’t feeling some guilt as well, since if he wasn’t punishing his mother for having not bought him that bike, they would not have been in that car when she was so tired. But he did not know how tired, emotionally, and physically, until it was too late.

    * Do you feel sympathetic toward Eddie in the struggles he faces? Does he have something to gain from the life-changing experiences?

    Yes I feel sympathetic to Eddie, but I am surprised the Grandpa let him go on as long as he did. I think having something so tragic happen so young in life, makes one learn that you have to learn to depend on others and know that your family is more than just your mother and father, it is all those people who know you and love you and have y our best interests at heart.

    * Does it seem as if Eddie’s teacher has insight on his needs by introducing him to the neighbor, Taylor?

    I think that Taylor has everything and doesn’t see it or appreciate it, and Eddie thinks that he has nothing, but has much, but can’t see it. And right now, he is thinking that Taylor’s life is wonderful. Grass is always greener aspect?

    * What are your thoughts on Beck’s writing style?

    I do like his writing style, but I too think that there is a lot of fill. This story is true to a point. His mother did not die in a car accident, according to his biography she committed suicide, that wouldn’t do so well in a Christmas book. I wonder if this a book about his own redemption, in that he is a recovering drug addict, and alcoholic. I want to think that this story is true, but wonder if this a stretched version of some truth.

    * Anything else you care to comment about with regard to chapters 1-8?

    I do hope that his relationship with his grandfather goes back to what it was, but from the last paragraph of the chapter, I wonder when we might see that. And how many ways he is going to hurt his grandmother and break her heart. I do wonder if Taylor is going to be good or bad .

  3. Dory says:

    * Eddie undergoes such hardship with the loss of his father, and then mother within the same year. Do you think he handles the loss well?

    I am an adult dealing with the recent loss of a parent… and not doing very well with it some days. So…. I think for a kid, he’s doing pretty darn good. It’s hard to handle all the emotions that come with death at ANY age – but for a kid his age? I can’t fathom he had a clue how to deal with it all.

    * Do you feel sympathetic toward Eddie in the struggles he faces? Does he have something to gain from the life-changing experiences?

    Yes, I feel very sympathetic toward him. I know his pain. I absolutely am SURE he has something to gain, given enough time and processing of the emotions at hand.

    * Does it seem as if Eddie’s teacher has insight on his needs by introducing him to the neighbor, Taylor?

    Yes, of course. Thank goodness for a friend when he so needed one!

    * What are your thoughts on Beck’s writing style?

    I like the style. I have to admit, I didn’t have a clue who the author was prior to starting this book (and Google-ing him) but it is an easy read. Even if it has made me cry about a zillion times.

    * Anything else you care to comment about with regard to chapters 1-8?

    I loved the games he played with the Grandpa… I think that is where you got a real clue into the kind of kid he was, prior to losing his parents. After that, when he became so angry – I really felt glad we’d seen him before – to really understand the magnitude of the changes happening in him.

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