The Christmas Sweater Announcement

GLENN: Let me address, now that we're past Labor Day and everything else, I just want a programming note for anybody who listens to this program a lot. I want to give you a little update on what's coming up this fall on the Glenn Beck program. I've told you this has been the hardest year of my life and my goal this year is just to stay alive, quite honestly, because it has been just this has been a very rough year and everything is now coming down to the last three months and after November things have or I mean, sorry, after January things are changing. But all these things have kind of been on the plate for a while now. It all starts with, of course, the election, and I want to bring you up to speed on radio and television on the election.

Not only I've tried to focus everybody here recently on the things that the media just won't tell you. I think I'm beginning to understand my role a little bit better and also not taking my role so seriously. We want to double the comedy during this election season for the radio program. But also the information that I want to give you, I want to make sure that we're giving you the things in concise ways, and that's difficult for me, so it will make a difference in your life, it will make a difference in your friend's life. So if you are looking for information, we'll be able to package it for you so you can digest it and you can bring it to your friends because I think that's what you need. I know I listen to the radio and I'm like, come on, man, I've got ten minutes; give me something I need. And you really didn't need the supercollider thing, but hey, y'all may be dead by Sunday.

Pre-order an autographed copy of Glenn Beck's “The Christmas Sweater”

That's what we're trying to do on the election. Right after that you may have heard me talk about the Christmas Sweater. If you have been listening to this program or you've been to my Christmas shows, I've told you a story about three minutes about the Christmas Sweater. It is the last gift that I gave for my mom before she committed suicide and it is something that took me 30 years to understand and 30 years to really put into place what that Christmas Gift was all about. I have decided, against the advice of almost everybody, to write this. We made it into a novel. About two years I've been working on it. At the same time we began working on the Christmas Sweater, the show, the stage show. And we're about finished with both of them. The book is now finished and it's going into print and it is coming out the day after the election. It is a novel, and it's to tell you the truth, it started out a lot more fiction than it is, but I couldn't it wouldn't it just, it wasn't right until it was damn near true. Only a few names or places have been changed. But it is the story of redemption, and much to against the advice of everyone, again, I mean, Simon and Schuster begged us to change the ending and they're like, the end? What? What? And it showed and God bless the people of Simon and Schuster. I mean, this is the biggest printing they're doing or something like that. It's a huge printing. They have got their neck out on the line on this, but it shows how many people really don't understand the real meaning of Christmas and I think you do. And this book is I don't know. Maybe, you know, the five people you meet in heaven, the Tuesdays with Morrie kind of thing that you are going to be able to read. And everybody who has read it has said, "Oh, my gosh, I see me." So that book comes out the week after the election. And unfortunately because of the election, it's coming out the week that Stephen King is releasing his book. Which is kind of great because just to be in competition with a guy who called me Satan's younger mentally challenged brother is just, oh, it's going to drive him crazy. It will just drive him crazy. Nobody really expects to sell more than seven copies but I have a feeling that this is such a universal story that it will connect. Then at the same time we're doing a book tour and a stage tour in, is it six weeks, Adam? Four weeks? Four or five? Four weeks, I'm doing 47 cities, plus the radio, television and stage. And we're going to a lot of small towns where, you know, people are busy clinging to their God and their guns and, you know, I'm going to try to pry them away for just a second, but we're coming to a city near you, in November and December. Coming up on the website soon. We're going to announce the stage shows, which is the first time ever, I have, that I have been working with, we have fully scored this stage show. We just went into the first rehearsal last week, we're going to have an orchestra but they played the music behind the production and it's just let's put it this way. Adam, who does security for the show, he was crying. It is it's really a touching, great, great Christmas Story. And we'll give you the details on when that is coming. Also on the website you can preorder your copy of the Christmas Sweater. The last three days I've been signing the autographed pages which are going to be bound into the book. The other cool thing is it comes in this it's like, whose book is this? They showed it to me and I'm like, you've got to be kidding me, right? It comes it's delivered in this leather box that looks like it's wrapped and has, you know, autographed copy and stuff. So it's perfect for Christmas. Plus, I wanted to do something special on this. If you get two autographed copies, we're going to send it to a soldier or a family in your name so they can also have a Christmas Gift from you. And you can find all that information right now at GlennBeck.com. The tour schedules are going to be posted in the next couple of weeks. And until that time, we'll talk to you about all the things you need to know about the election. But that is available now at GlennBeck.com, and they will be available until Christmas or until supplies last. And I'm just very excited to share this with you, I really am. This is quite honestly this is a losing proposition, the stage show is a losing proposition. Everyone has done the financials on this show and we're spending more money on the production of this show than I think we made in two tours last year. Don't expect to actually make money. We just like to break even with it. But it is I feel passionately about this. This is one of the most important things that I have ever done, and I had to get this story right and now the only thing that's standing in the way of it is a good performance from me. But it is it's something that you're going to want to see and you're going to want to experience and we're just thrilled. You know the technology that was behind John McCain, you know that big huge screen that was like whatever they had that for, that's the technology that is just the backdrop of our show and we've had a Disney artist that has been animating the stuff for it. It is really, truly going to be an amazing thing. Nothing like this has ever been done before. So check it out. You'll find all the details coming soon at the website at GlennBeck.com. It's the Christmas Sweater.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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