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The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 17, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Below is the video of a Sean Hannity segment, retrieved from PalinTV. Stephen Mansfield was a guest on the television show to discuss The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, the new book he and David A. Holland co-authored.

The interview was of special interest to me because I’m currently reading the book and am fascincated by the things the authors learned through exclusive access to Governor Palin’s parents, siblings, friends, and pastors who have all played a role in who she is.

The book breaks down the things that have most influenced Governor Palin’s worldview, thus shaping the person we see today. The fact is her perspectives in life cannot be separated from the faith and values she holds most dear and, Mansfield and Holland conclude, these originated mostly from four truths:

1. Family has fashioned her soul.
2. Alaska and the idea of the state are primary for Palin.
3. Palin has been influenced by the Eskimo view of women.
4. Palin lives and leads from a sense of divine destiny.

Mansfield discussed with Hannity the moment as a child when Governor Palin sensed a call to politics. He shared the difference between President Obama’s extremely liberal theological perspective and Governor Palin’s Pentecostal-rooted faith. And he commented on the video that surfaced during the 2008 campaign where she was being prayed over, which led to the lamestream media’s completely unfair and severely uneducated characterization of the Governor’s faith.

The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin has been an interesting read so far for me, as it points out the fact that when a person’s faith truly matters to her–is truly a reality in her life–it cannot help but fashion how she views the world, how she operates within the world, and the impact she’ll leave upon it.

You can order the book here.

Here’s the video:

h/t PalinTV

One Response to “The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin”

  1. Joy said

    I saw that video with Hannity earlier and completely agree with you, Adrienne – to paraphrase, “By her FAITH shall she be known!” I just liked the tone of that interview and, of course, the unabashedly open discussion about faith and how it does, indeed, shape the person.

    One thing in particular that struck me and really drove it home for me was her understanding of and belief in the Inuit/Yupik/Eskimo culture wherein there is often one wise woman in a village who has been given great leadership skills & insights, etc. My late husband’s distant cousin (someone in the family traced them to this frontier AK pioneer), Charles Brower, married an Inupiaq woman, and they had a daugher, Sadie (who eventually married another Inupiaq). Sadie Brower Neakok was considered one such “wise” woman, who was the first woman on their native council, the first welfare/social worker and the first woman magistrate, and, at one point, she taught school, too! She had high standards for education for the native population, and her husband, Nate, was a skilled hunter & fisherman. They had 12 (surviving) children in all!

    All of this came to mind when I heard about that one strong pillar of Sarah Palin’s belief system! Thanks for adding your remarks, too, Adrienne.

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