Soupy’s Book Club

I figure what the hell, if Oprah can do it, I can do it. I guarantee to increase book sales for the author by at least one unit.

The first book I’ve chosen is Glenn Beck’s, The Christmas Sweater. It’s about a boy who is disappointed because he got a handmade sweater for Christmas. I know how he feels, I got a book about a boy who got a handmade sweater. Actually, I got the audio book, which was very smart of my wife considering we have 5 month old twins at home and she would probably kill me if she saw me sitting reading a book.

I have to admit, I am not a big fan of audio books when they are read by the author. I feel like they often use inflection to emphasize their cleverness. I don’t blame them for it, it’s the way the story reads in their head. I feel like authors just don’t realize that once they have written the book and sold the book, it’s not theirs anymore. It’s ours. Different things within the story will strike different people and the author has no control over it.  Refreshingly, Mr. Beck addressed this very point at the end of the book when he discussed the inspirations for the different characters.  I guess I should just read the book my damn self, but then what would I have to complain about?

Anyway, as far as this novel goes, I am happy I read (listened to) it. I am happy I read it now. It is not A Tale Of Two Cities, but neither is Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. It is a straightforward story of regret and redemption that couldn’t have come at a better time for us as a nation and a society.

Even if you don’t want to be moved, there are some really cool references to things that people of my generation would appreciate. Bread bag boots, anyone? Just read the book. I know where most of you live.

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