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November 20, 2009

Did You Read Sarah Palin's Book?

Have you read Sarah Palin's Going Rogue yet?

Dan Gilgoff offers some excerpts where Palin talks about her faith:

And I do know there is a God. My life is in His hands. I encourage readers to do what I did many years ago, invite Him in to take over . . . then see what He will do and how He will get you through. Test Him on this. You'll see there's no such thing as coincidence. I'm thankful for His majestic creation called Alaska.

She also talks about putting your life in God's hands in an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Sarah Palin: "My very last paragraph there sums it up and invites people, encourages people to do what I did and that's put their life in God's hands, our Creator who knows probably better than we know what the perfect path is for a person so God being so extremely important my faith is to my life I wasn't going to be hesitant at all to let people know what I believe."

Sarah Palin: "How in the World would I sum up my life except to say God at the end of the day I have really nothing but my faith, my reliance on you lord and I wanted to articulate that."

She talks about her faith in God here, but there's little mention of Jesus. If you've read Palin's book, what did you think?

Comments

Did I? No.

Jesus is God!

Seriously? It's not religious ENOUGH? haha, thanks for making my day!

No, I will not read a book by a power hungry, unethical idiot who only wins followers from people who are dumb enough to think that we shouldn't put intelligent people in office! (Intellectual elite, anyone?)

You couldn't pay me enough to read her book. Well, you probably could but it would take a LOT of money.

OM Goodness the haters are everywhere now. It is amazing how the press can totally brain wash people. You stand back and think have people always been the susceptible to propaganda and I guess the answer is yes. The left uses the techniques developed by the the Marxists and Naziis and have refined it. By any object standard Sarah is a marevelous example of a 'True ' Woman . Strong beautiful professional who does not flinch from a challenge who loves god and protects her family. I know there are many liberal women that hate her becasue she redefines what a woman is. Some hate her just because she would not kill her downs syndrome baby. But most hate her just because someone told them too. Satan moves in mysterious ways too I guess. He used them to help elect a God hating President.

So, I suppose I read the articles that brainwash me to dislike her, and you've read the articles that brainwash you to like her, huh? What are we going to do about all that brainwashing?! :D

So Dallas Jackson, did you read the book? What were your impressions of it?

I haven't and have no intentions to

Sarah Palin: "My very last paragraph there sums it up and invites people, encourages people to do what I did and that's put their life in God's hands, our Creator who knows probably better than we know what the perfect path is for a person so God being so extremely important my faith is to my life I wasn't going to be hesitant at all to let people know what I believe."

The above is from her interview with Brody. If her book is as convoluted, I'll skip it.

I have mixed feelings about the book, though I think Sarah is "cute", charming and all that.

I'm mostly sad that Sarah doesn't seem to know how to communicate to the general (non-Christian) public, about her ideas and her faith in a way that is winsome or causes respect.

I always wonder what her sources are for the opinions and information she has. Maybe the book would reveal this.

She seems exceedingly "folksy", which appeals to some segments of American society, but much more than that is required in our cosmopolitan world.

Continuing to talk about her teenage detractor (Levi J) is beyond silly, and I feel she should be reading and growing in wisdom and knowledge for much longer before she writes books and runs for office.

When she becomes a seasoned, wise woman in her 60's, having visited the world outside her own limited one, she may be then worth reading.
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Sarah Palin is beautiful to look at. She wears chic glasses. She has a family that appears to love her and that she appears to love. She is also an opportunist who would manipulate any circumstance to appear "in the know" on extremely rabid right wing "views." She spouts (so called) Christian views that come off like babble. She is a blatant liar. No, I will not read this book that she couldn't write. No, I will not listen to her interviews, nor would I walk across the street to hear her or see her.

perhaps she should walk across her lawn and go visit russia

Wow, for professing christians, the comments here are quite vile, and negative. My heart breaks for you, you can't know Christ's love and spew such hatered for someone who supports the most basic christian tenents. She has gracefully expressed her belifs in a political book with out comming off as a total fanatic. I thank God there are political leaders that unabashedly proclaim that abortion is wrong, same sex marriage is wrong, and stealing from society's earners is wrong. Has the moral concience gone so astray that it no longer holds basic moral values as concrete, has our christian moral majority, become just hedonistic pagan that go to church on sunday to see how it was? Apparently evil has fully penetrated the church. I look forward to reading this book. I had hoped there was actual comments from people enlightened enough to actually read the book before they judge it.

Christians can state negative facts and still be Christian. That does not mean they are "spew(ing) such hatred" as a previous writer posted.

Sarah Palin can attract people. But when she opens her mouth, the comments do not always make sense. She has terrible sentence structure. Her world view is limited. She needs a lot more experience in dealing with the issues of the country as a whole. She needs a lot of additional skills before she can deal with leaders of other countries. She did not have staying power when she decided to stop being governor when the going got tough. If finances were a problem, then she could still have written her book after her term ended. I am greatly concerned that she “could not take the heat” and stopped being governor. What would she do if she were elected president? The criticism would certainly be greater then that she experiences as a governor.
The media did not brainwash me when I formed my opinion about Sarah Palin. Her statements and presentation of herself on TV created my questions about her abilities to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

The only reason I have for reading her book is to learn more of how she thinks, but then I wonder if I would find that, as she has someone else do the writing for her.

Palin is a "Christian"?? No thanks- leaving aside her limited intellect, I don't want a President who rolls around on the ground babbling in tongues and who puts herself under the authority of an African witchdoctor.

@siros

So to criticize Sarah is unchristian, but to criticize the president is doing the work of God?

How do some of you figure out these things?

Here's a video that we all may enjoy.

It shows the level of intelligence of the American population quite clearly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKKKgua7wQk

Only part way into the book, but I have to say, I'm a huge fan of Sarah Palin's. I'm learning new things about Alaska that I didn't know and for this mom of four just a few years younger than her, I'm enjoying taking a peek into how someone else makes life work with kids, husband, family, etc. Not reading with the perspective of looking for the next president, but she has lived a life so far with a lot to admire and I'm being challenged by her character and hard-work ethic. A worth-while read.

I think it would be interesting to know where the people on this website live in terms of 'cosmopolitan' versus rural America. The woman has more education than Tina Fey, yet many people believed that it was Sarah who said she could see Russia. You dupes!
Do you believe that our present Vice President is more understandable and intelligent than Sarah? You have got to be kidding! He is a walking gaff.

Just saw that youtube video as well. That was produced by The New Left (says at the end of the video). Come on people - that was edited to make the American people and Sarah Palin look stupid. And you fall for it! Amazing - oops, no, not really as you are public schooled.... um um um!

Johann, your comments are both uncharitable and untrue.
Saying Palin in not a Christian because "rolls around on the ground babbling in tongues and who puts herself under the authority of an African witchdoctor"? Wow.
First, Palin may have spoken in tongues, but that's hardly grounds for not being Christian.
Second, Palin was prayed over in 2005 by an African pastor (not witchdoctor) who believes witches are real (they are, just visit Salem, MA, home to thousands of self-declared witches) and identified someone as a witch (not that hard to do). How this makes her unchristian is beyond me.
That said, I'm still not interested in reading Palin's book unless I get a stellar review from a reliable source.

Right. Don't you dare read it...it may force you to change your preconceived mindset...better not chance it!

@Cheryl

Are christians just generally stupid or only the ones on this website?

Sarah Palin graduated with a BA in communications after attending the following schools.

•Hawaii Pacific University (Fall 1982),
•North Idaho College (Spring 1983 & Fall 1983),
•University of Idaho (Fall 1984 - Spring 1985),
•Matanuska-Susitna College (Fall 1985) and
•University of Idaho (Spring 1986, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987 ).

Tina Fey- graduated in 1992 with a degree in drama from Universtity of Virginia

Just going by this without any more investigation it can be argued that Mrs. Palin was kicked out of all these schools.

Not only can she see Russian from her patio, she also doesn't know that Africa is not a country

But that's good another idiot leading a bunch of idiots. Whatever happened to only having the best and brightest

I would read any of Barack Obama's books before I read Sarah Palin's, for the following reasons.
1. He wrote them himself, without benefit of a "coauthor," so we can be reasonably certain they contain his unsanitized ideas.
2. They contain serious discussions of policy and his own ideas on policy.
3. He actually did research, and fairly careful research, from what I can gather, to support his policy prescriptions.

While I don't think Ms. Palin has always been treated fairly, if she wants to be taken seriously she needs to take some time to do her homework. And lest you think my criticism is politically motivated, commentators with as widely divergent political perspectives and Pat Buchanan and Chris Matthews have been able to agree that Ms. Palin needs to take policy -- as opposed to mere politics -- more seriously.

So, as much as I am curious about Ms. Palin's book for all the attention it has been able to gather, I'm afraid it will remain at the bottom of my reading list.

@ Stan

Wow - I'm impressed - Tina Fey is a drama queen. She know and has done everything that all her personalities have done, right? Just like the airheads in Hollywood.

Tina Fey hasn't accommplished anything significant on her own.

Ms. Palin received a college scholarship and used it. She also did not get kicked out of any college.

Ms. Palin has also been on the city council for six years, the city mayor for six years, and the governor of Alaska for three years.

As for seeing Russia, what she said was true - you CAN see Russia from land in Alaska. People who have never lived in areas sparsely populated, or at high altitudes, do not realize how far you can see on a clear day. When I lived in Arizona, I could see the base of the San Francisco mtns from the Painted Desert, over thirty miles away.

Since you assume that Christians on this website are stupid, I can assume that you are an elitist snob, probably lives on the East or West Coast, has a BA in the arts, and works in a gov't job.

I, however, live in fly-over country, have a CPA and MBA, and own a small company with seven employees. We work long 15 hour days so our employees have jobs during this recession. They only work 40 hours and have health insurance and holidays. I do not get health insurance or holidays. Ms. Palin does not want my hard earned money distributed to others who don't work as hard as I do. Our President does. I voted for him in the primary. I won't make that mistake twice.

So, Cheryl, you assume that anyone thinking Christians are stupid are 1) elitist, 2) lives on the West or East coast, 3) has a degree in liberal arts, and works for the government. In a word, idiotic. Even if it was merely a rhetorical reply in kind, it suggests much about you.

1) assumptions aside, your last paragraph paints you as not the elitist, but as a sanctimonious egoist, holding your achievements and hard work above the heads of those who do less (thus obviously lazy, even your workers who do not work "as hard as you do") and probably above those who do do more (hence, must cheat or sleep with the boss; fabricated a resume; etc.).

2) only heathens live on the coastline? What about the Gulf Coast; a secret Christian-only enclave? Christians are afraid of the water thus live inland only? Are you confusing 'liberals' with non-Christians, meaning do you truly believe one cannot be a Christian liberal? From where could such an absurd assumption(s) arise? FOX?

3) if you study your history, the "arts" was the foundation for most all fields of study: medicine, hard sciences, including mathematics, law, politics, and so forth. Einstein studied and contributed to the field of philosophy; ethics and religious studies are considered subjects within the "liberal arts". Reading, writing, and arithmetic, the '3-Rs', are still considered the basis of any good education, and happen to be 'the Arts' (not that they are taught anymore).

4) working for the government is, what, a sin? The Founding Fathers were "gov't".

Like it or not, government is that thing by which society as we know it survives and, when we're lucky (tolerant, compassionate, moral, and think for ourselves rather than listen to self-proclaimed authorities on TV), flourishes. Small or large, *some* government is necessary (and everyone really knows this, deep down) because humanity - American, Christian, European, Asian, Hindu, Muslim, it matters not - does not police itself well. Humans, sweet words and promise aside, do not necessarily care for humans. A Hobbesian state of nature seems to be more the default due to, apparently, fear and greed, but that's some of that 'arts' stuff.

In short, if not too late, you come across as intelligent and capable, certainly. Yet, you also come across as arrogant, angry, cynical, and quite self-righteous. Not very Christian (nor Hindu, buddhist, Jane, Sikh, Muslim, etc.); generally, not a positive portrayal of a caring human being.

Unfortunately, you come across as the epitome of what is wrong with this country if not the world. I suggest you look at all you have, then go out and look at all those who have not. Then find out why they really 'have not'. A hint: it's not due to laziness or lack of skill. It's due to being priced out of the workforce by individuals who make thousands upon thousands, yet are not satisfied. But now I'm leading into a lecture on unrestrained capitalism and ethics, which is akin to blasphemy for many, good Christians or otherwise...

I am about three fourths of the way through the book and have found Sarah to be an outstanding, articulate, gutsy and godly woman that is right where the Lord wants her "for such a time as this"! I am thrilled to see her inspire so many Christian women! I am refreshed by her transparency and encouraged by her leadership. She is one amazing lady who has more character and standards in her little finger than hundreds of Washington's "good ole boys and gals" lumped together. She stands unequivocally and unapologetically for all that is good and right and pure in America! Shame us all for not finding our own voices in the public square before now. In the end she will stand before the Lord knowing she has lived out her life bringing honor and glory to her King! I am excited to see God continue to use her life as He wishes.

@Cheryl

You addressed your comments to Stan: at least get my name right.

I am from NYC, I'm awaiting the results of my dissertation for my phd. in theoretical physics. I should have the results by the end of this week.

Yep, you prove exactly what most christians appear to be.

Sarah Palin is dumb. And she seems to find a home with people who are of equivalent mental capacity. May the good Lord help us. Intelligence and ability are no longer valued.

Interesting concept.


It's telling that Cheryl extols Sarah Palin's (public) education in the first post and then bashes the publicly-educated in the next.

I read some of it but had to put it down. There was too much whining for me. I'd hoped that she might have taken a Christian attitude in her writings, but it reads like an bad blog written by a tweener.

It truely greves me that people look to her (and this book) as an example of a Christian life. I pray that her followers will return to the Bible and study it a bit more. Remember that the Bible is the only source of your Christianity... please don't be fooled by second hand information.

Looks like there are a lot of "trolls" here and my bet is a lot of comments by "different" people are actually by the same person using different names, and I highly doubt they are Christians... "by their fruit" you'll know them, and when people can't hold their tongue and can only speak cruel, mean-spirited, slanderous things about someone... it reveals their heart.

They probably came across this linked on some liberal website, and since anyone can anonymously post, that's what happened.

Don't be fooled. Anyone can come here and write whatever they want. Does not mean it's a lot of different people or that they are Christians or that they are even regular readers of Christianity Today.

One poster wrote "Sarah Palin is dumb. And she seems to find a home with people who are of equivalent mental capacity." Another one wrote: "another idiot leading a bunch of idiots."

Their words alone show that they are either not Christians, or if they are, they certainly are not acting at all Christlike. If they truly knew God and His Word, they would know that their words are hateful, void of any love, and are slanderous and even uncalled for.

Also, my recommendation is to not even bother arguing with Sarah Palin "haters." For one thing, they cannot, or will not, see how manipulated they've been by the media. For another, it will get you no where. And lastly, I've read a lot of blogs, etc. and there is true hatred out there towards Palin... and when a person's heart is utterly filled with hate, arguing with them is pointless. There is a Proverb about the foolishness of arguing with "fools." You end up being just like them!

So, just pray for Sarah, pray for this evil, evil world, pray for the President (even though I am vehemently opposed to his agendas and grieve for what he is doing to this nation, we still ought to pray for him), and let God defend Palin. He can and He will. The best we can do is support her, pray for her, and not get caught up in all the slander, gossip, hate, and arrogance that so describes the world's mentality.

We live in a society that just thrives on "exposing" people, bashing people, hating people, and being know-it-all's. We need to be above it because if we spend too much time with it, we will become like that, too. It's happened to me at times when I have been at various political or news sites. I just can hardly even believe the mean-spiritedness that exists on the internet. It's sad and disturbing.

So, again, just remember, probably a lot of these different "people" here are probably only one or two people posting many things but using many names so they can dupe people into thinking that "everyone" hates Palin. When a person hates someone, they become almost obsessed with seeing everyone else hate that person, too and with talking bad about that person, trying to convince everyone how that person is worthy of their hate.

Sad. Sad. Sad. And not at all loving, Christlike, or Biblical.

I have bought Palin's book- the day it came out actually. I haven't read it yet, though. Haven't had time.

But I've followed news of her book tour, read things she's said, seen the photos, etc. and my admiration, respect, and fondness for her has just grown tremendously!!

I loved her when she first came on the stage at the RNC, but then with all the media bashing, which was just horrible, I felt discouraged and disappointed. Not in Palin, but in the media and others who believe everything said by media.

I'm so glad she is "free" from the campaign now, and she can do what she pleases and say what she pleases. I think this is what infuriates the "left" the most.

But as a 40 year old woman myself, Palin is a role model for me (even though she's not that much older than me). She is very inspirational! Here is a woman who has been pummelled by the media unlike any other person, and she has risen above it and is "still standing!" That alone is so admirable and amazing!

She sets an example for me as someone who is strong yet feminine, real, genuine, caring, courageous, determined, hard-working, and she possesses so many characteristics that I want to emulate in my own life.

I think she'd be a great President if she ever ran because for one thing, she loves and honors the Lord. For another, she is conservative. She also cares about people and upholds the Constitution.

Right now we have a President with all this "fine education," and he's smooth-talking, smart, and all the things that the "elite" admire so much, but yet, he is destroying this nation with his far-left agenda!! Just becuase someone is an "elite," doesn't mean they are a good President!!

I love Sarah Palin. There are so few women like here. Well, women in the spotlight that is. We need more women like her to be role models and examples for our young women. Even putting politics aside, there are still so many things to admire about her!

So, I am looking forward to reading her book! I did read some of the beginning and loved the way she described her husband!

I just bought the book. It's pretty long, but easy to read. She really inspires me in many ways. It is wonderful to see a God-fearing woman with so much character in politics. How she does it is beyond me because I don't think I could endure all she has had to endure. Her perseverence and work ethic are outstanding. I wish there were more politicians like her in the White House. Maybe someday there will be. I'd love to see her continue in politics only because we really need people like here, people who represent so many of us. I'm tired of all these "elitists" who waste our money and don't listen to the "average" person. It really makes me sick. Sarah is a breathe of fresh air in a very corrupt, power-hungry, and controlling political scene that currently exists. I highly recommend her book to anyone!

I bought the book. I read it. I loved it!

I wish that Sarah were coming to my area (CA) so I could meet her, but she won't be here for another year! I am a strong Christian woman, and Sarah represents me far more than many of these liberal women, including the Christian ones. Sarah shares my values, believes, and outlooks. She's truly a tremendous woman.

As for her faith, I don't think that because she talked about God vs. Jesus that it indicates she's not a true Christian or something. And I think we enter dangerous territory when we start judging someone's faith based on something like that.

I personally feel that she walks the talk rather than just talking! When I see her adorable son Trig... he is the symbol of the abortion fight. Most Downs babies are aborted.

It was a great book and nice to get to know Sarah from her own words vs. the media's "spin" on her words (they are so ridiculous!). It made me feel like I know her much better now, and the more I know, the more I like her!!

I bought the book. I read it. I loved it!

I wish that Sarah were coming to my area (CA) so I could meet her, but she won't be here for another year! I am a strong Christian woman, and Sarah represents me far more than many of these liberal women, including the Christian ones. Sarah shares my values, believes, and outlooks. She's truly a tremendous woman.

As for her faith, I don't think that because she talked about God vs. Jesus that it indicates she's not a true Christian or something. And I think we enter dangerous territory when we start judging someone's faith based on something like that.

I personally feel that she walks the talk rather than just talking! When I see her adorable son Trig... he is the symbol of the abortion fight. Most Downs babies are aborted.

It was a great book and nice to get to know Sarah from her own words vs. the media's "spin" on her words (they are so ridiculous!). It made me feel like I know her much better now, and the more I know, the more I like her!!

I Peter 2:17 reminds us to honor all men, show love to the Christian brotherhood, fear GOD who is Jesus the Messiah, and honor the king. We need to remember that although Mrs. Palin is not 'the king' she is still part of GOD's creation, and should be honored. I am concerned about those Christians on this blog who feel that their disdain, disrespect or even hate towards this person is somehow honored by GOD; yet they claim to have the love of Christ in them. Strange.

Although I did not read her book, I did happen to catch her interview on the Oprah Winfrey show (anyone else see it??). The good part about the interview was that she did not back down on her conservative views on life and morality, which happen to line up with the Christian faith. The bad part of it was she never, ever took any responsibility for her lack of political knowledge that a VP candidate should know, as shown in the interviews, and her over-zealous ambition to reach for a position that she and the whole world knows she was not ready for at the time. In other words, she described herself as a Conservative and patriotic 'babe in the woods' that everyone was attacking.

Finally, if she is a true follower of Christ, I hope that one day she will learn to speak boldly of it, and not hide behind the elusive 'god' that many people are more than willing to accept.

To Nicky, Ashleigh, JohannainCA and all you Sarah Palin loving folks.

What do you think of President Obama?

And Ashleigh, do you realize that slander is a sin? Or do you think that you have God wrapped around your fingers?

So everyone who says they have no interest in reading Sarah's book on this site is the same person, by your estimation huh?

For parity of argument sake - would it be ok to then assume that all who have read and enjoyed her book and seems to think of her right up there with the second coming and have posted here are also the same person?

See- that's what I mean about the people who appear to be mentally incompetent are the ones supporting this lunacy.

Why is it that a lack of education and stupidity seems to now be valued in our society by a certain sector of the population?

Is it because an educated black man is the president and we must do all possible to oppose him at every turn?

This lunacy makes no sense.

In a country where some believers are scared of sharing their faith, Sarah Palin stands out as one who is unashamed of God, and if anyone would ask her if Jesus is Her savior and lord, I am sure she would say yes without shame. After all, she is not a shameful woman and we need more godly and bold political figures and leaders like Daniel, Esther, Joseph, even Paul, who are on stage for others to see and inspired by to live godly lives!

No, I haven't read Palin's non-book. She did not write it, for one, and it's an obvious cash grab from a mental deficient who is popular solely because of her looks. Does anyone seriously believe McCain would have picked her as running mate if she had the face of Thatcher? Stop kidding yourselves. Palin is a borderline illiterate disgrace and we have to start demanding better of our leaders. Looking good in tight running shorts doesn't count.

I LOVE Sarah Palin, and yes, I read her book! I just think she is such an admirable woman. She has so much perseverence and courage. Grace under fire. She is a role model for many women like myself, and I only wish I could afford to buy more of her books! I hope she runs for office. We need people like her!

I haven't read her book yet, but Sarah is a beautiful woman, inside and out! I soooooooo admire her. She has more perseverance than a whole lot of people, and no one has ever faced the type of media harrassment and persecution as she has. Yet, she has risen above it and continues to fight for what she believes in. I would love to see her in office! She's got plenty of time to prep for President,and it's about time we had a female President! I think she'd do great because she would put people and this nation first, not her own ego. She also isn't a celeb hob-knobber (like Obama) which I can't stand!! Obama is full of duplicity, egotism, and narcissm. Palin is not. And that alone would help her to be a good President!

Hello Marcus!

Thank you for your question.

As far as President Obama is concerned, he is my president and an authority that should be respected and honored, according to GOD's word. I've watched him throughout the 2008 campaign and I admire the level calmness he exhibited and the way he tried to appeal to all people (ie: look at the 'type' of people standing behind him when he spoke at rallies vs. Sen.McCain--diversity vs.lack of diversity). He is intelligent and, unlike some other people who ran for election, remained true and faithful to his ONE wife, which to me speaks volumes about a man's character.

If I ever have any issues with a president, it will have to be on biblical grounds, not political. Jesus Christ wants us to be salt and light, to love Him, love others as ourselves, to speak the truth of His gospel to save others, to help those in need. For example, President Obama's views and actions concerning abortion are anti-biblical, no question. However, his wanting to help the poor is biblical, no question.

Your last line "Is it because an educated black man is the president and we must do all possible to oppose him at every turn?" says a lot. So long as you view a man or a woman through the eyes of politics, "race" or skin color, you will never ever be able to discern the truth and speak in justice. You will never be able to act fairly towards President Obama, meaning you will never be able to fully acknowledge anything wrong he does. Why? Because you view him as a 'black man' and are trying to defend him at every turn, while turning a blind eye to his faults. You are no different than the Palin or Republican party supporters who do the same thing: seeing all their virtues, while never acknowledging their faults. Why? Because they view them politically or 'racially'...not biblically.

I never claimed to be a fan of Mrs. Palin and those who know me do know me might say that I am not. My goal is to strive to see her biblically. You should do the same.

Thank you!