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May 13, 2009

Would You Buy a Book by Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin will become an author in 2010, the year she's up for re-election. The book will be co-released by HarperCollins' Harper and Zondervan for the Christian audience.

Palin has agreed to talk about the Katie Couric interviews, Bristol's pregnancy, family, religion and politics.

"There's been so much written about and spoken about in the mainstream media and in the anonymous blogosphere world, that this will be a wonderful, refreshing chance for me to get to tell my story, that a lot of people have asked about, unfiltered," Palin told the Associated Press. "Being a voracious reader, I read a lot today and have read a lot growing up. And having that journalism degree, all of that, will be a great assistance for me in writing this book, talking about the challenges and the joys, balancing the work and parenting, and, in my case, work means running the state."

Politico's Mike Allen writes that the Zondervan edition could be a little bit different.

The book might have a slight addition on faith for the Zondervan edition. The Bible publisher is part of the same company, and its sales reps have close relationships at Christian bookstores that can get better display for political titles. Barnett has made similar deals for other authors whose faith is an important part of their story, including Dan Quayle, Oliver North and Bill Bennett.

Two years ago, Palin told PBS' Charlie Rose one of her favorite writers is C.S. Lewis ("very, very deep"). It'll be interesting to see how much Palin addresses her faith and whether Christian audiences will buy it just because of the author or because of the content.

Would you buy a book by Sarah Palin? Why or why not?

Comments

Why not ... she's not an uneducated individual and has experience in government ... only one who is predjudice against her stands politically and ethically would not be interested in her positions ... That's my story and I'm sticking to it (hmmmmm could be a lyric ... or it already is LOL) Danny

Depends on if I am interested in the subject matter.

Yes, I'd buy it and am looking forward to it. She is a fellow-believer in Jesus Christ, shares my political views, is a person of integrity and substance and has been treated unfairly and horribly by the liberal press. I don't know what her political future is but I have reason to believe she is seeking God's will for her future. The fact that she is so despised by liberals who embrace abortions and gay marriages only make her more valuable in my eyes and in the eyes of millions of other Americans. I say "God bless you, Sarah. Many are praying with you and for you." I hope your book is a best-seller and that you give all the credit to your Lord.

Of course I would. I consider her one of the leading Christians on the political scene and I'm looking foward to buying this book! I hope it's a best-seller beyond her wildest dreams! God bless her!

You betcha! No matter how much the left wing radicals try to bring her down, Sarah Palin is a shining star in the Republican Party, called by God to lead. She is our Christian sister, possibly a modern-day Esther, and we need to support in every way possible, including with our prayers.

Yes, I will order a copy as soon as they start taking pre-release orders. My bet is that her book will be a runaway best seller BEFORE it even gets to the bookstores, and it will remain on the best seller list for months.

Yes, I want to know about her lpersonally and what lshe thinks. I believe she will still be in the public eye in tahe future. If I have to vote for or against her, I want to know more about her, and that is true for all the others involved also.

I have no interest in reading anything that ethically-challenged bimbo has to say. I wouldn't pay a single penny for her ghost-written book and, if someone tried to give me a copy, I'd refuse it.

I wish she'd just shut up and go away.

Not on your life. That woman isn't a true believer, she's a self-serving liar for whom the bottom line is her own interests. I wouldn't contribute a dollar to her even if it were tax-deductible and entered me for the lottery. She's not interesting, she's not intelligent, she's not able to illuminate anything for anyone, and she has constructed a completely ridiculous persona - as if cutesy phrases are somehow reflective of one's character. In short, she is an insult to all women, all Christians, all mothers and families, and the few decent politicians that remain.

Oh, and anyone who thinks the book will be just her words or somehow an honest depiction of her scrappy self, get your head checked. There will be a half-dozen editors and ghost writers, and it will not be merely observations of events, it will be a "story". They shouldn't call this "memoirs", they should call it "propaganda". Because it will be some tale of heroism and perseverance. It will have a plot, ups and downs, an endpoint of hope and triumph. In short, it will be a fictionalized selective reality. Biographies tend to be more honest than autobiographies.

I'd read it - IF someone bought it for me as a present and highly recommended it to me and if I had enough free time, but I wouldn't spend any money on it because I don't have much. So, I'm with justin, on the fence.

To those who say either yes or no without reservation, I urge reflection. Some say: "That woman isn't a true believer, she's a self-serving liar" (Jordan), while other state: "She is a fellow-believer in Jesus Christ, shares my political views, is a person of integrity and substance" (Marianne). That sounds an awful lot like dividing people up into totally good or totally evil camps like, and that is frankly not Christian, because all sin and what good we do is by the grace of God, not our personalities or ideologies. While some recommend a head check before buying the book, I recommend a soul check - may God grant us eyes to see our own sin and capacity for good that we may see ourselves and other as the humans we truly are, rather than as angels or demons.

I may very well buy her book. I would be curious to read her take on how the press treated her during the campaign as well as her view of how the McCain campaign behaved.

To Brendan, I find nothing wrong with Marianne saying "She is a fellow-believer..". Governor Palin says she is and I will accept her statement that she is just as I must accept President Obama's self identification as a Christian. Ultimately it will be for God to judge. I have no problem with Marianne saying "She shares my views..". I leave that to Marianne to judge, I do not know Marianne's views. So that leaves "She is a person of integrity and substance". This statement makes no claim that Governor Palin is "Totally good". It is just Marianne's opinion and if we are no longer allowed to render an opinion without being called "not Christian" the Church and this country is in for troubling times.

I see some of the Palin Derangement Syndrome support group has arrived. As for Palin's book being written by a shost writer, that would put her in good company since JFK's Profiles in Courage was written by Theodore Sorensen, Hillary Clinton's It Takes a Village was written by a ghost writer who, btw, she stiffed for payment, Bill Clinton's book was written by a team of ghost writers, and 0bama's Dreams From My Father was also written by a ghost writer. The thing is, most people aren't good writers, so they employ someone to take what they have written, in this case, Paln has been keeping journals for some years, and turn what has been writen, and that which they get through interviews, etc, with the subject, and turn it into a book.

No, I would not. I'm a Canadian: liberal and against abortion, and not that crazy about gay marriage. I am also a Christian woman.Mrs. Palin has not served as an example to anybody. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin is very much missed north of the border.

Certainly!
She professes to be a Christian. She stands for that which is right and Biblically based. It is time Christians stand up and support those who speak truth.
Carl

I wouldn't buy her book because i don't agree with her politics. And if she runs for president I run for Canada. Heaven help us.

No, because when she spoke about "the real Americans" she meant to exclude me. We "excluded" don't have to read it.

Sure. Right after I finish Jerry Springer's next book.

I had hoped she would be a Kingdom Christian, but she took to her role as mad dog and blood baiter for the extreme right in the GOP, I saw nothing of Christ in her.

"Country First" leaves no room for God.

Absolutely no. I don't read autobiographies as they are filled with info the writer feels important and that info is usually boring. Prefer to read only biographies where someone has assessed the person and their performance more objectively.
The less I know about Sarah the better. The Palin family is overexposed in the media. If I found a copy of her autobiography at a garage sale, I might put in the outhouse where I could make good use of the paper. While I admire some of her values, her autobiography would fall in the same category as reading about Pelosi, Britney Spears, Tonya Harding, or Janet Reno.

I love Sarah Palin. I'll be first in line to buy her book. She is the real deal: a fearless woman who will not be bullied by the ridiculous leftists who did everything in their power to destroy her.

No.
Sarah Palin lost me with the first public statement I ever heard from her. At the Republican convention, I believe it was, she introduced herself as a small town mayor and said that was something like a community organizer but with actual experience. That gratuitous, vicious jab at Obama told me more than I care to know about Palin. And she is the attack victim?


No I'm on a budget.

She can write?

I'd buy her new book today if it was available.

Sarah Palin is a Real classy, Real American woman who loves America and Real Americans love her!

The only people who dis-respect her are the same ones who dis-respect America every chance that they get.

Real American women with moral values like Sarah Palin are a dying breed which is just what the liberal agenda has been trying to achieve with their ridiculous attacks on her and those like her.

God bless Sarah Palin and God Bless America!

Dave Munday
Creswell, Or.

Re Bakatya: you're right, Marianne's statement didn't make out Palin to be an angel, but Dave Munday's comment does seem to divide the country into angels and demons and put Palin in the former camp. "Real Americans"? Get real. Either you're a citizen, or you're not, period. Plenty of Americans believe radical things like communism, anarchy, or total market deregulation, but that doesn't make them un-American, it just makes them radical.
"Demonizing" is exactly what Dave Munday is doing here against liberals (ie, if you criticize Palin you are un-American), and while few of the extreme Palin supporters used his words, doubtless many agree. Shame, shame. In any case, Christians should be more concerned about being true followers of Christ than true Americans.

Dave

This is meant to be tongue in cheek right? This is meant to be sarcasm right?

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I'd buy her new book today if it was available.

Sarah Palin is a Real classy, Real American woman who loves America and Real Americans love her!

The only people who dis-respect her are the same ones who dis-respect America every chance that they get.

Real American women with moral values like Sarah Palin are a dying breed which is just what the liberal agenda has been trying to achieve with their ridiculous attacks on her and those like her.

God bless Sarah Palin and God Bless America!

Dave Munday
Creswell, Or.

Thanks, Brendan for your loving and insightful rebuttal to person(s) who cannot possibly be a real christian. Bimbo???? These people make me sick.
Why are they bothering to read Christianity Today?
Go back to God's Word and find out what it says about
Christians being known by their love for each other.
God bless Sarah Palin and God bless America.

Modern-Day Esther? Seriously? Pass that Kool-Aid over here, it's obviously better than what I'm drinking.

As a Christian, as a woman, as an intelligent American who wants only to elect people who are smart enough to handle the numerous challenges all politicians face, I cannot fathom the undying support so many people have for Gov. Palin. She's outright lied numerous times, been extremely self-serving, thrown her children (especially Bristol) under the bus for her own political gain. Her lack of intelligence, insight and curiousity about the world is disturbing in a political leader. I won't question her personal faith, but I will say that living a Christian life is so much more than just being Pro-Life. For those ardent supporters--you need to wake up, get a clue and not just use the so-called liberal media as your excuse to follow this woman blindly.

So, no. I most definitely will not spend a penny on her book.

Yes.

Jane

A most cogent posting. I really would love all of us to meet in heaven and have this discussion one day. For the likes of me I cannot understand how this woman is so reverred. Leaving aside whether she's accepted Christ as her savior - I don't understand how some people are so besotted with her. When the woman doesn't even know simple things such as Africa is a continent and not a country.

And she's supposed to run the country?!?!?

But you know Jane - I get a strong feeling that her supporters are people who are not terribly bright and rather xenophobic.

Oi, I sincerely wish we Christians would get back to doing what we were called to do - share the Good News and love our neighbor as ourself.

I probably won't read her biography. I always wonder what qualifies a person to have a life worthy of a memoir. It seems that Sarah Palin should put this book off until she has some perspective on what has transpired in her life over the past 2 years. It is hard not to question her motivation when she has not yet completed one term as governor and spent only a few months as a failed Vice Presidential candidate. Sarah Palin's real story may be far in the future. By writing this book now she comes off looking like Miley Cyrus writing a biography.

I am not too familiar with her history, but she appears to be like so many of her recent Republiacan contemporaries, who embrace an ersatz Christianity,mostly for the political connections they believe it affords them. Examples include G.W. Bush, J. McCain, and even the "Right Reverend" R. Reagan. If Gov. Palin and all the others I mentioned were as Bible believing and living for Christ as thought by many Republican Evangelicals why are ALL their children acing and living like unbelievers. I didn't say the children were not socially "good" and mostly moral acting in the commonly understood worldly sense, but I hope that is not enough to get them tagged as Christians, much less their famous parents.

Why ask such a question other than to incite controversy? Would you ask the Question:
"Would you read a book written by Pres. Barak Obama, or, one written by Oprah?"

Your attitude is not one of Christian love, or, at least one of objectivity.

Aris

Surely you are not comparing Oprah or the President to Ms. Palin?

Are you kidding me?!?!?! Oprah - Do you know how a person gets to a place where they only need 1 name and yet be recognised world wide?

Mr. Obama - the first black man to become president of our rather bigoted country. That's an achievement right there and worthy of a book you should read.

I can't belive I'm acutally responding to this post- sighhhhhhh

No thank you. Sounds like it's just more autobiographical and family gossip, as well as her trying to make a buck and advance her political career. I don't want or need to spend my money on that. I wouldn't vote for her in a million years, so why would I buy a book authored by her?

It's interesting how people talk about her. Why not read first the book & comment later. If you find something unusual, then comment & see her reactions. Christians are patient, peacemaker, & side with the truth. The world are watching you. Just remember that we have the mind of God & not of this world.

Godbless

While I respect Gov. Palin for her political acumen, I don't think I would spend my time or money on her book. I think there are more important issues to learn about, and a former vice presidential candidate is not high on my educational reading list. Judging it as entertainment might give me a different opinion, but I don't think I should read a biography with that attitude.

I wish c Holmes would shut up and go away. How dare you judge her as an ethically-challenged person? And then you go into an ad-hominim attack and call her a bimbo? Whether you're a man or woman, that is no way to respond if you are believer in Christ.

I assume you are a believer in Christ since you implicitly claim to be the standard bearer of ethics.

COME ON PEOPLE!! If you can't say it in a reasonable and respectful manner, go to a left-wing blog and rant your poisonous rage all you want.

On what basis do you think that to say someone is ethically challenged is not being Christlike?

I agree with the commenter that said they saw nothing of Christ in Palin. I watched her during the campaign and was so dismayed by the divisive, dishonest, manipulative rhetoric coming out of her mouth.

How anyone could support this woman is beyond me, she is a fraud.

Irene,

It is beyond me as well and I dare say beyond people who are rational

Irene

But I must ask you, since when does the person need to demonstrate Christlike behavior for Christians in America to support them? From my observation- it seems to be that you can be the devil himself as long as you condem abortion and gay marriage. As long as you do those "Two Commandments" you are welcomed into the flock with open arms.

Agree with Jane and Justin. Palin supporters claim that the only people who oppose Sarah are liberals, gay, non-belivers and Democrats. I am straight, Christian, conservative and Republican, and I don't understand the ardor over Palin. I feel she is the Britney Spears of politics and appeals to the same audience who would stand in line to see Britney. She seems to do anything for publicity. The more I read about her, the less I like her.

I wouldn't spend a dime on her book. She or anything she says does not interest me. I assume she needs to write a book to gain more popularity and to make money. All power to her if thats what she want. All I know is that I won't contribute to buying it.

I would buy and read it,I hope that she would write about her political philosophy and how things in her life shaped that view.
I personally supported her in 2008, I'm curious how she would plan to appeal to a wider spectrum of the electorate, than her the social conservative base. Also, I'm curious how she would overcome the mocking attitude of many concerning her percieved lack of intelligence, she has been the brunt of so many jokes. - Very unfairly in my opinion - but it must be largely overcome, if she wants to be a major player.
I think she can.

I definitely would not buy a book by Sarah Palin. The woman is undereducated and a major opportunist who represents a philosophy that is exceedingly dangerous to American democracy. She should be shunned and quite possibly will self-destruct.

WOW WOW WOW!!! For someone who is under educated this woman is remarkable. She worked her way up from nothing to be the governor of the state of Alaska and did a great job while she was there. Even as far as to returning tax money from the state to the people. I think we need more under educated people in government, people who will represent we the real people not just the over educated trail lawyers who have been running this country who are out of touch with we the REAL people!!!! YES I WILL READ THE BOOK and I am looking right now to pre-order a few copies to give to friends as well. By the way Lincoln was under educated too!!

I'm not really in her target demographic for this literary masterpiece in that I have a college degree but do not own a parakeet. Seriously "Being a voracious reader, I read a lot today and have read a lot growing up. And having that journalism degree, all of that, will be a great assistance for me in writing this book, talking about the challenges and the joys, balancing the work and parenting, and, in my case, work means running the state" Watch our Yogi Berra!

WOW WOW WOW!!! For someone who is under educated this woman is remarkable. She worked her way up from nothing to be the governor of the state of Alaska and did a great job while she was there. Even as far as to returning tax money from the state to the people. I think we need more under educated people in government, people who will represent we the real people not just the over educated trail lawyers who have been running this country who are out of touch with we the REAL people!!!!. By the way Lincoln was under educated too!!