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.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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