Glenn Beck: Christmas Jars


Christmas Jars Reunion

GLENN: The Christmas Jar, came out about five years ago. And I didn't even know Jason at the time. I don't even know, I think I was in a bookstore or somebody sent it to me and I read it, and it was fantastic, just fantastic. I just loved it. It's one of those books that you sit down and you read it cover to cover in one sitting, you know, and your wife is usually going, "Will you get up? We've got stuff to do." Like yeah, yeah, yeah, just hang on just a second. And you finish reading it. And that's where the tradition in my family came from. The Christmas Jars. Jason and I have become friends, and he's here now. Hi, Jason, how are you?

WRIGHT: Thanks for having me. We've done this over the phone so many times, to be here in studio is so cool because I totally expected like padded walls.

GLENN: What is that, like an asylum? Is that how he starts? Wow.

PAT: Did you expect us to be in straitjackets?

WRIGHT: Well, I read the blogosphere. I expected horns and all kinds of stuff.

PAT: Really? Wow.

GLENN: Is this the first time you've been in studio with us?

WRIGHT: In the studio. We've done it over the phone five or six times but never in the studio.

GLENN: Really?

WRIGHT: So yeah. You guys all look so normal here.

GLENN: I'm kind of offended. Are you offended?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So we've talked to Jason over the years. I think you called me the first year because didn't somebody call you and say, oh, my gosh, Glenn Beck is talking about your book.

WRIGHT: Yeah, my cousin in Utah called and said, you need to track down Glenn in your market and listen. I was living in Washington D.C. at the time. Unfortunately you were on later in that market at the time, and I picked it up and I listened to you and I said, holy crap, I can't believe that just happened. And I called you the next morning and we got on the air and the rest is history.

GLENN: Well, The Christmas Jars Reunion picks up where The Christmas Jars left off. And you can probably, I'm sure you can buy both of them at the same time. And they really are a one sitting book. They are, what, 200 pages? And you can read it, and it's, you just, it's one of those books that you just, it feels good. I've stopped   no, I can't say that. I have found myself to where I want to stop reading books that are making me feel bad inside. I need more light and goodness inside me because I'm reading so many books that are just depressing that I just, I go to bed now and I'm like, I have   my nightstands are full of books that I'm reading, halfway through or I have to read. And every night I take one off the top that will make me feel good. I'll read others, I'll usually read about three books before I fall asleep. And the last one will always be something like The Christmas Jars reunion that will make me feel good. So can you pick up this book and just read it from here and understand it?

WRIGHT: Absolutely. I think it helps if you've read Christmas Jars first as is the case with most sequels. But you don't have to. You could pick up Christmas Jars Reunion today and you would get the ending.

PAT: You get that?

GLENN: Real quick, bring you up to speed on  you know, bring the audience up to speed on what The Christmas Jars story was and then tell us a little bit about The Christmas Jars Reunion.

WRIGHT: Absolutely. The Christmas Jars Story is very simply based on this very simple tradition of taking an empty, Mason jar or pickle jar or peanut butter jar, it doesn't matter. You wash it out. As you said, you put it on your counter, in your closet, some place in your home where you are going to see it, and you fill it every day with your spare change. You don't need to write a big check, you don't need to fill it with bills. Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, the kids, the pets, it doesn't matter. Your change goes in the jar. And once it's in the jar, it doesn't come back out again. It's almost sacred once it's in that jar. And we figure over the years, we've sort of run an average just based on the e mail and the phone calls I've gotten from people, and the average family can generate between $100 and $150 pretty easily in spare change over the course of the year. And then as Christmas approaches, maybe either around Christmas Eve  that's what my family does, it sound like that's what the Becks have done and a lot of other families around the family that have contacted me  but it doesn't need to be on Christmas Eve. Drop it on somebody's cubicle when they are not looking at work or put it on the pew next to them when they are not paying attention at church. Whatever works for you. There is no right way or wrong way to give it away. And because my family experimented with this and had such a wonderful experience that first year, I thought, I've got to try to find a way to fictionalize this and see if we can inspire one family to do this, to sort of try this experiment. And I thought, if one family can do it and have as good an experience as we had, then it would be completely worth the effort of writing this little book and getting rejected by over 20 agents and publishers and finally finding a home for it. And who could have predicted back then that the book would now be half a million copies sold and a movement launched. And I have to say there are two people most responsible for The Christmas Jars book and now movement across the country.

My editor at Shadow Mountain, Chris Schoebinger who discovered the manuscript in this lost pile where it's tough to get discovered and a guy named Glenn Beck who you told me originally you found the book because you were going home for the weekend and you looked for the thinnest book on your stack on your desk and you said, I don't have a lot of time; I've got a short attention span, man, so I've got to find a thin book. You took it home, you read it, you came in Monday morning, you went crazy about it. And the movement   and this has become bigger than the book. I want your listeners to know that. This isn't just about a book anymore. This is a true movement of people all across the world now participating in the tradition, and we have you and my great publisher to thank in large part.

GLENN: Well, I will tell you that we have to find a way to teach our children that it is about giving, not receiving. That we have to teach our children, you know, that   you know, and that's kind of what my Chris pass book is doing with the kids. The kids' version of the Sweater is. You don't always get what you receive because there are parents out there, I remember that year when I couldn't afford anything. And there are parents out there that are struggling so hard. And this is the season where if you have self doubt and you don't know what's important in your life and you have struggled financially, you're struggling financially, this is the time where as a parent you just want to hang yourself because you are   this society has made this season into something that it is not that you feel like a complete and total failure. And we've got to change that. And anything we can do to help change that or help these people out that are feeling that way, you know   I bet you everybody in this audience, if you are not feeling it this year, you have felt it in the past. And that's what The Christmas Jars and the whole idea behind it, that's what it does. And this is a great   you could sit down with   I gave it to my daughters because they were old enough. This is a great book to be able to share with the whole family. Now, the Reunion picks it up, and the characters, who's involved in this one?

WRIGHT: It's essentially the same cast of characters, Hope Jensen, the main character from the first book, Christmas Jars Reunion picks up two years later, and I just have to say the book is really in large part a thank you to the thousands and thousands of people out there that have gotten involved in the tradition, have e mailed me and have said, please tell us what comes next for this character. And I never expected that. I didn't expect the first book to be published let alone the sequel to ever come along. So Christmas Jars Reunion is a thank you to those folks and it's an opportunity for me to finish Hope's story.

GLENN: But Hope actually goes awry in this one.

WRIGHT: She does. She loses sight of the fact that the tradition is ultimately about one jar, and Hope becomes very involved in this big number. She wants to place 1,001 jars in homes. She wants to give away 1,001 jars full of money. She has a tote board, a tally road in the restaurant where this Christmas Jars ministry is sort of taking place. She becomes obsessed by this, almost sort of turned it into this kind of a corporate culture, and she loses sight that it is ultimately about one jar, one birth and one savior. It's wonderful if a school or a corporation or a church wants to get together and give away a lot of jars collectively. But ultimately what matters most is the one family that's going to get your jar or Stu's jar or Pat's jar. That's what matters.

GLENN: Right.

WRIGHT: The one family when they open that door and see that jar, that's what matters most.

GLENN: This is right in the same message that I have been trying to say for the last year or so that "Too big to fail" means nothing. It is the wrong direction. And they are going to continue in Washington and everywhere else to try to make these things, push these problems bigger, bigger, bigger. When the answer is smaller, smaller, smaller. The answer is you, the individual. It doesn't even matter about the family you're giving the jar to. It matters about you giving the jar, you understanding that you are so blessed and you can give to somebody else. The Christmas Jars reunion by Jason Wright available in bookstores everywhere this holiday season. This is one of these books that you need to pick up. And you'll just love it. It will make a great Christmas Gift for somebody. It will make a great Christmas Gift for you, your family. You can read it during the holiday season and start a new Christmas tradition with The Christmas Jars. And now the new book, Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason Wright. Available everywhere. Jason, thank you very much.

WRIGHT: Thank you, sir.

A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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COO of vegan food giant Beyond Meat arrested for CHOMPING man's nose

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A top executive at Beyond Meat, a plant-based food company, was arrested for reportedly biting a man’s nose in a parking garage near Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, over the weekend.

Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey faces charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree battery after allegedly chomping down on a man's face and "ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose" during an altercation following the University of Arkansas football team’s victory over Missouri State.

According to reports, Ramsey was attempting to leave the parking garage in his Ford Bronco when a Subaru “inched his way” in front of him and made contact with his front passenger’s side tire. Ramsey allegedly “punched through the back windshield of the Subaru” before attacking the Subaru driver with both fists and teeth.

Ramsey “pulled [the Subaru driver] in close and started punching his body,” then “bit the owner’s nose, ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to reports.

The irony of a vegan food executive trying to make a meal of a human being's face was not missed by those jokesters on Twitter.

BlazeTV host Stu Burguiere is a vegetarian and also just happens to be the executive producer of the Glenn Beck radio program. Glenn joined "Stu Does America" to do a taste test of the plant-based "McPlant" burger, a Beyond Meat product, to see how it fares against the competition. In case you missed it, this was without a doubt the most ridiculous (but hilarious) plant-based food review so far.

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The stock market recently had its worst day since the early days of the pandemic and, just like in September 2008, many investors fear a dangerous chain reaction is starting on Wall Street. But that's just a small part of the bigger picture. The housing market is also taking a historic hit, grocery prices are out of control, energy prices are skyrocketing across Europe, and America is close behind.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck compared this year's stock market trends with what happened before the 2008 crash, detailed Europe’s bleak energy outlook, and explained why he believes they’re heading for economic "hell."

"Europe is about to go through hell," Glenn said. "A nightmare is about to hit. But, please, fear not. The heavens are engaged. Are you engaged with the heavens? You are not going to convince God to be on your side. We must be on his side. Realign everything in your life, now, so you can be on his side, and together we will weather all of these storms."

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