Glenn Beck: The Christmas List



The Christmas List


By Richard Paul Evans

GLENN: Richard Paul Evans is the king of Christmas. He had originally wrote The Christmas Box with more than 8 million copies in print now. Showoff. Twelve consecutive New York Times best sellers. He has a new book out called The Christmas List and he's a good friend of mine. Richard, how are you?

EVANS: I'm great. Thank you, Glenn.

GLENN: You know, the first time I think that we ever met each other, you were on my set at CNN and you told me about Tourette's, that you have Tourette's and you said that you have an uncontrollable desire to spit in my face.

EVANS: Well, not you particularly.

GLENN: But any, you said any celebrity.

EVANS: Any celebrity, yeah.

GLENN: You know what's weird is without Tourette’s, there are millions of people now that have an uncontrollable desire to spit in my face. Isn't that weird?

EVANS: You, my friend, are shaking up the world. I love it.

GLENN: Richard, the last time that we were together, you came to the office, I don't know, about a month ago and we were talking about the need for heroes and being able to teach our children the truth about who they are, et cetera, et cetera. And you have a new book out called The Christmas List and I wanted to have you on today because it's out hang on just a second. Your book's not competing against my book, is it?

EVANS: It's out today.

GLENN: But is it competing against mine?

EVANS: Well, I'm fiction; you're nonfiction.

EVANS: By the way, my daughter walked out and she goes, he's really good looking, isn't he?

GLENN: It's a curse it's a cross I bear, it really is. Anyway that's disturbing. So Richard, The Christmas List is the best book that you have written and it is well, tell the story.

EVANS: It's the story of a man named James Kier. He is a successful businessman who lost his soul. He is divorcing his wife who is dying of pancreatic cancer. His only son won't talk to him. In fact, his last words were you should be dying, not mom. In the course of his success, someone dies who has the same name as him and the newspaper gets it wrong and they print his obituary and he soon sees what everyone thinks of him. If you go on you know, you see how people go on the Internet now. It's the bathroom stall of media. People just write horrendous things. He sees all this hateful stuff about him and but he soon realizes that some of these people writing hateful things are his best friends. Only one person stands up for him and it's his wife, the woman he's betrayed. He decides he wants to change his legacy. So he asks his secretary to make a list of the people he's harmed. He's delighted when there's only five people on the list and the secretary just says, "If you want people who are harmed, I'll bring in the file cabinet. These are just the finalists. These are the people who would keep me up at night." So the book is about this man going after trying to fix these five lives that he's destroyed.

GLENN: You know, you have taken the money from your book. I love the story of The Christmas Box. You actually wrote that for your daughter, your family, and didn't expect it. It was just passed around for a long time and finally a bookstore called you, right? You had just Xeroxed it, if I'm not mistaken.

EVANS: Kinko's copy center, yeah.

GLENN: And then a bookstore called you and said who's your publisher; we're getting so many requests for your book. And you're like, what book?

EVANS: Yeah. No publisher.

GLENN: Right. Then your wife was in the hospital, if I'm not mistaken when, was it Simon and Schuster?

EVANS: Yes.

GLENN: When Simon and Schuster came to you and offered you all kinds of money, millions of dollars to print it. Like I said, it's eight million in print now. And your wife, when you told your wife that, you know, there was a possibility of big money coming, what did she say?

EVANS: She said well, actually it was when we had the check. Our first check was our first bill was $4 million. She said let's give the money back. She was really nervous about how it would affect our family and she said, we're fine, we have a great life, we're fine. And, of course, I'm not as good as her. I was like, hold on, honey.

GLENN: So luckily somebody came to their senses on that one.

EVANS: Hold on. But that's when we decided my number one job is not being an author. It's being a father. And, you know, if I lost my family and gain the whole world, what good would that do me. And so I decided, Karen and I sat down and I was like, let's help other children who don't have that advantage. So we started to build shelters for abused children. That's how The Christmas Box house started.

GLENN: And you seem to be a guy on a mission. I mean, this story in this Christmas list, you are releasing it. Here we are so far ahead of Christmas, you are releasing it now. Does it have anything to do with today's world? I mean, are you releasing it now and did you feel really motivated to do this because of what we're going through now in the world and in our country?

EVANS: Absolutely. My last book that you were so gracious to make your book of the month, Grace, last year was a very hard to read book in a sense that it was a very saddening.

GLENN: It was so good.

EVANS: Thank you. I wanted to write something that would uplift people right now but I also wanted them to really look at their lives and say, am I living the life, are there people I need to forgive or I need to ask their forgiveness. I wanted to write something that would have a real personal impact. And so when I wrote this book, it just, Glenn, it just felt really special to me. When I first handed it out, I always assume no one will like my books. I just, I run scared, I guess. And when I first handed it out, the people who read it, my secretary came back. She goes, oh, my gosh, Rick, this is better than The Christmas Box. This is your best book ever. She had already given it to her mother, her mother had given it to her aunt. She had tried to order ten copies. It's like, I saw this kind of viralness that The Christmas Box did. We wanted to get it out in time to see if maybe this could be one of those books that could spread throughout the world again.

GLENN: Well, I think you've done it again and it is just a fantastic book and a fantastic message and one that is so appropriate for today's world. It is called The Christmas List. You know, Jimmy Stewart's movie "It's a Wonderful Life" was released in the summer. Christmas doesn't, Christmas shouldn't come one time of the year or one day of the year. It's not too early to be looking at your own life. It is really the spirit of what I've been talking about for a while now on find out what you believe, find out who you are, find out. Secure your own self here. Batten down the hatches. A storm is coming. And the only way you can really truly batten down the hatches and be ready for this storm is to do some inventory work and find out who you really are and apologize, make amends and then forgive yourself. And The Christmas List will help you do it. Richard Paul Evans, it is available in bookstores everywhere. Richard, good to talk to you as always, sir.

EVANS: Thank you so much. It's always a pleasure.

GLENN: You bet. Bye bye.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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