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Notable Reviews of Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 11, 2013

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Gov. Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas” has been well received as is evidenced by the number of people who have been willing to stand in line for hours in order to spend thirty-secondsor so shaking her hand and having their book signed.  You can view some of my blog entries about the book tour crowds here, here, here, and here.

Over the last few days there have been several notable book reviews that I would like to bring to your attention.  The first is from Peter Schweizer who is known for his work in exposing crony capitalism via his books “Throw Them All Out” and “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets

From Breitbart:

‘Good Tidings and Great Joy’: Sarah and Todd Palin’s Christmas Gift Guide

Think all there is to say about the War on Christmas has already been said?

Think again.

With her trademark fearlessness and verve, Governor Sarah Palin’s new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmasoffers readers an impassioned, informative, and unapologetic defense of the sacredness of the season.

“If I’m for Christmas, it’s only because I’m for Christ,” writes Gov. Palin. “There is no ultimate peace apart from Christ, and it is Christ who empowers every act of ‘goodwill toward men’ in our otherwise fallen hearts.”

The book’s blending of personal experience with discussions of political efforts to morph Christmas into a homogenized celebration of the “holidays” makes for a brisk and enjoyable read. Even as we learn that Todd Palin gives the Governor what she considers the coolest of Christmas gifts—such as a .30-06 rifle, hockey skates, and a “beautiful red manual ice auger for ice fishing”—Palin packs powerful punches.

“There are few things that anger a secular liberal atheist more than a horizontal plank intersecting a vertical plank—a cross—on public land,” writes Palin. “Perhaps Christmas causes so much anger because the very name of the holiday broadcasts the Name above all Names.”

Political junkies will also enjoy the insider gems Palin sprinkles throughout the pages. In one instance, Palin recounts an interaction with Fox News Network President Roger Ailes wherein the media guru asked the Governor, “What the h-ll is so offensive about putting up a plastic Jewish family on my lawn at Christmastime?”  More

 

Gov.  Palin shared a link to this podcast review by Randy Bohlender. It’s less than 5 minutes and definitely worth a listen.  In it Mr. Bohlender says:

“Thank you Gov. Palin for taking time out of your busy schedule to write about things that really matter.”

 

Lastly, Joel Pollack tweeted his review of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” complete with a Vine video.

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Have you written your review of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” yet?  If not, why don’t you hop on over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and do so today!

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Palin takes Book Tour to Roanoke and Duck Dynasty Country

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 7, 2013

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The “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took Gov. Palin to Roanoke, VA this morning and to Monroe, LA this evening for a little southern hospitality with the Duck Dynasty family.

It seems that Gov. Palin was having some fun with her Facebook page today posting a photo of someone dressed up as Santa Claus, She posted additional photos of “Between events travel” and book tour photographer Shealah Craighead.

Gov. Palin also gave a special shout-out to those that attended the signing in Roanoke.  Via Facebook she wrote:

 

Yes, Virginia! There is a Santa Claus! At least it felt that way this morning in Roanoke, Virginia! The Christmas season’s festive kindness was out in force during the “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas” book tour event! Thanks so much to everyone who joined us and to the Barnes & Noble staff! Merry Christmas to you all!

P.S. In this photo, I’m signing an Iron Dog hoodie from Alaska that a great supporter wore to the Virginia book signing. Todd’s gearing up for his 21st Iron Dog, and that’s why he’s not on this leg of tour.

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

 

Gov. Palin also posted a photo gallery consisting of 13 pictures from her time in Roanoke.  Looks like someone presented her with some tasty treats!

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

 

Later in the day Gov. Palin was welcomed to Monroe, LA by the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty.

“Happy, happy, happy!” Thanks to the Robertson family and the Duck Commander team for welcoming us to West Monroe, LA! #GoodTidingsAndGreatJoy

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Should any additional remarks or photos on the Monroe signing become available I’ll update this blog entry.

At this point in time there are no other dates that have been announced for the “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour.

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Palin at the Billy Graham Library and Samaritan’s Purse

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 6, 2013

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

 

Gov. Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took her to Charlotte, NC today where she was greeted by hundreds at the Billy Graham Library.  Palin had the following to say to the fine people of Charlotte:

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today for a very festive “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book event at the Billy Graham Library. It was great to see our old friend Charlie from the ’08 campaign trail. He’s growing up into such a beautiful young man. I’d especially like to thank Franklin and Jane Graham and all the staff and volunteers at the Billy Graham Library. If you’ve never had a chance to visit the library, I really encourage you to take time and do so. It’s a beautiful place dedicated to telling the story of Billy Graham’s amazing life and continuing his work to bring the Christian message of love and hope to the ends of the earth. Next up, we get to visit with volunteers at Samaritan’s Purse and then it’s on to Roanoke, Virginia, and Monroe, Louisiana, tomorrow!

P.S. I had a great time chatting with Bill O’Reilly last night about “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” I had forgotten I wore the same shirt this morning that I did on Fox last night… that is until every other person at the library today mentioned they enjoyed the O’Reilly interview and thought it was cool I was wearing the same clothes! I laughed and explained that this is what happens when you’re living out of a suitcase on the road meeting all these great people!

You can watch the interview here:

Part 1: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2898490731001/can-the-gop-capitalize-on-obamas-falling-popularity-/
Part 2: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2898438936001/fighting-the-war-on-christmas/

Gov. Palin also posted a gallery of 14 great photographs here.  My favorite is definitely this image where she is writing an excuse note for a school-aged child.

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

 

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association published this article  on Palin’s visit.  Note the photo at the end of the article with what seems like a never-ending line of people waiting for a signature.

With the backdrop of a sunny sky and an unseasonably warm temperature, hundreds lined the sidewalk on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library, waiting to meet Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential nominee.

Palin visited the Billy Graham Library for a tour and a signing of her recent book release, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.

“I certainly recognize there is a war on Christmas that’s being waged—it seems—in our culture right now,” she said. “The true meaning of Christmas, of course, is Christ’s birth. I wanted to write this so that people realize that they can proudly and boldly proclaim the true meaning of Christmas.”

In 2010, Palin and some of her family members travel to Haiti, where they visited a Samaritan’s Purse cholera clinic and help distribute Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. In 2009, Palin visited Billy and Franklin Graham at Mr. Graham’s Montreat home in the North Carolina mountains.

Today, she finally had the chance to visit the place the bears the name of one of her spiritual heroes.

“Billy Graham changed the world because he has allowed Christ to shine right through him. People would listen to him and could receive his message,” said Palin, who attended Mr. Graham’s 95th birthday party last month in Asheville, N.C. “He so capitalized—in a good way—on the favor that God gave him to do the Lord’s will and to do the Lord’s work.”

“I am happy to be here at the Billy Graham Library today. I had no idea it was this amazing. It reflects the fact that it was not about Billy Graham. His ministry is truly about the Gospel, and this facility reflects that.”  More

 

Gov. Palin also visited with volunteers of Operation Christmas Child and expressed appreciation via her Facebook page for their dedication.

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Today we had the honor of meeting Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the processing center in Charlotte, NC. I was blown away with the energy and joy there!

My family was blessed a few years ago to participate in this mission in Haiti with Rev. Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale. It was heartwarming to see children’s faces light up when given a Christmas gift box packed with love! It’s a tangible way to show kids they matter and they’re loved.

Operation Christmas Child relies on volunteers; and today we met many of these hard workers who make the program possible. There are about 75,000 volunteers serving in a three-week timeframe at processing centers across the nation. That’s more than 395,000 volunteer hours! The Charlotte processing center alone has 28,000 selfless workers packing more than 2 million gift boxes. This year’s collection goal is 7.2 million gift boxes domestically and 9.8 million worldwide. Without these volunteers none of it would be possible! Their great efforts ensure gift boxes reach children all over the world, and more importantly, they send the love of Christ, reminding all that Jesus is the reason for the season. It’s the true Christmas spirit in action!

Here’s more on Samaritan’s Purse:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

There’s an additional 13 photos on Palin’s Facebook page chronicling her visit with the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers.

The Charlotte Observer also published a photo gallery of Gov. Palin’s visit with the volunteers here.

Palin’s book tour will take her to both Roanoke, VA and Monroe, LA tomorrow, December 7th.

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Palin: “Put your life in God’s hands” -Liberty University Roundup (Video Update)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 4, 2013

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Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off the second leg of her “Good Tidings and Great Joy” by going to Liberty University and speaking at their final Convocation for 2013.  Palin’s time on stage was an informal Q&A session with President Jerry Falwell, Jr. which included questions submitted by students. Gov. Palin, via her Facebook page, had the following to say about her visit there today:

It was such an honor to participate this morning in Liberty University’s final Convocation for 2013! A big thank you to the students and faculty and especially to President Falwell for the kind invitation. As I mentioned this morning, places like Liberty University inspire me. This young university is educating a whole new generation of American leaders who understand the positive effect our Christian heritage has had not only in our personal lives, but also in the life of our nation.

It was awesome meeting the students after the Convocation. Congratulations to everyone graduating this month. And best of luck to everyone else on their final exams!

P.S. I enjoyed the tour of your beautiful Snowflex Centre. It’s not quite like the snow in Alaska, but pretty darn close!

Gov. Palin also posted a gallery of 14 photos of her Liberty University appearance.  Looks like it was a packed house!

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Liberty University posted their account of Gov. Palin’s visit:

In the last Convocation of the fall semester on Wednesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Liberty University: “I have your back, because I know you have my back.”

In a sit-down, conversational interview on stage with President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Vice President for Communications Johnnie Moore, Palin talked about her motivation to keep standing for “time-tested truths” — the same truths Liberty upholds — when she is attacked by the mainstream media for her conservative views.

“This is what inspires me — you,” she told the arena of more than 10,000 students. “ … What inspires me and allows me to keep going and standing strong is being in a place like this.”

Palin, the first woman and youngest person to be elected governor of Alaska and the country’s first female Republican vice presidential candidate, has visited campus before, but this was the first time she has appeared at a Liberty event.

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Photo from LU website

She said she was amazed at the campus transformation that has taken place since she was here a few years ago.

“You guys are doing an awesome job; it’s amazing, the infrastructure, additions to the amenities, what a wonderful force for good in this part of the nation and for the world,” Palin said.

Coming off a 15-city tour for her new best-seller, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” she talked about the larger message that the Christmas story brings today.

“My book is about protecting the heart of Christmas, which is really about protecting the heart of America,” she said. “Because the message of Christmas is the message of hope and change, not the stuff you hear coming out of Washington. … It’s the Judeo-Christian faith that provided all the foundation in our charters of liberty, our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence. It was a faith–filled people who understood how blessed our land was and the opportunities we have, our wonderful work ethic, all the things that have made America so exceptional.”

She said the tour is about more than a book; it is about restoring our nation’s principles.

“That’s why I appreciate Liberty University,” she said. “You will be a force for good, understanding the importance of Christian faith and a Christian education. You are the future leaders of this country.”

Students submitted their own questions for Palin, which ranged from who her biggest inspiration is (her youngest son, Trig, who has Down syndrome and has taught her “the world’s standards of perfection are not God’s standards of perfection”) to her family’s favorite Christmas memories (eating moose chili and traveling “over the river and through the woods” by snow machines).

She left students with a lesson she’s learned as a leader:

“Fear not. Again, it’s that message of Christmas; remember the angel came to Mary in a situation with less than ideal circumstances … and that message needs to be received by each one of you here today as you get out there in a pretty rough and tumble world. You’re going to be inundated in the workplace with cultural and societal pressures trying to beat you down … remember that message from that angel. … The greater message was that everybody is made so uniquely, with certain gifts and talents and passions and interests for a reason, to get out there and do good for the world. …  When it comes to families, when it comes to jobs, please remember that you do have purpose and you do have destiny — God don’t make no junk. … Success is letting Him shine through you so that others will be attracted to that light — the eternal destiny is really what matters.”

Looking back at where God has taken her, Palin still calls her rise to a position of leadership “bizarre,” but credits it as God’s work.

“Put your life in God’s hands — you never know where you’re going to end up.”

Once Liberty University uploads the video of today’s event I will update this blog entry.

VIDEO UPDATE:

h/t Liberty University

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Palin: Join Me in a Moment of Prayer to Give Thanks

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 26, 2013

A special Thanksgiving message from Sarah Palin:

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Friends,

Thanksgiving offers us invaluable time to spend with our family and reflect on our many blessings. In 1789, George Washington declared a day of national Thanksgiving for our new country to render unto God our “sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”

But even before that first proclamation from a new nation, pioneers across America celebrated Thanksgiving as a time to give praise to God for full harvests and Divine Providence.

And indeed, America has been richly blessed. From coast to coast, we enjoy an abundance of natural resources, plentiful harvests, beautiful cities and our most precious gift of all—a people who value liberty and continue to stand as an example to the world of all that can be accomplished by a free and hard-working people.

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This Thanksgiving, join me in a moment of prayer to give thanks for the thousands of American men and women in our armed forces who will spend Thanksgiving away from their homes and families, facing danger overseas to protect our way of life.

When we sit down to enjoy a family meal on Thursday, I will give thanks to God for the blessing of a strong and diverse family life that has taught me so much about loyalty, selflessness, and compassion. I will pray for God’s continued blessings on my family, and on yours, and on this great nation of ours.

From my family to yours, God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

With an Alaskan heart,

Sarah Palin

P.S. Be sure to check out the latest video from my book tour by clicking here!

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Palin: “Celebrating The Season” in Ft. Campbell (video)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 25, 2013

SarahPAC has just released a lovely video highlighting Gov. Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour stop in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky on November 15th.  I’ve said enough. Please watch the video and let it speak to your  heart.

 


h/t SarahPalinAK

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Palin: Day 7 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/19/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 24, 2013

Day 7 of the “Good Tidings and Great Joy; Protecting the Heart of Christmas” book tour took Gov. Sarah Palin to the Costco in Plano, TX.  According to a Facebook post in which Gov. Palin honored the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, she offered a thank you to the people of Plano for their understanding that the book signing event to cut short.

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We’d especially like to thank the gracious people of Plano, Texas, who came out today and were so understanding about today’s abbreviated event. Also, thank you to the helpful and kind employees at Costco.

The following photo gallery from the Plano event was uploaded by user “jester119”

While in the area, Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a fundraiser for Palin’s SarahPAC.  Gov. Palin, via her Facebook page, offered the following message of thanks to Mr. Cruz:

A big Texas thanks to Rafael Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, for hosting us last night with other SarahPAC supporters. It’s inspiring to hear Rafael’s full-throated defense of American exceptionalism. As an American of Cuban descent, Rafael has witnessed first hand what it means to live without freedom, and that has made him an eloquent and motivated American patriot. God bless him and all the SarahPAC supporters we met yesterday. Together we’re working to restore our exceptional nation!

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Palin to Speak at Liberty University Dec. 4th

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 22, 2013

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It was announced yesterday that Gov. Sarah Palin will be the closing speaker for Liberty University’s Fall 2013 Fall Convocation series.  At present, Gov. Palin is on tour for her recently released  book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas“.  Liberty University provided the following press release:

 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the featured speaker at Liberty University’s final Convocation of the Fall 2013 semester on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Palin will be introduced by President Jerry Falwell, Jr., who issued the following statement about her visit:

“While Governor Palin has visited Liberty’s campus in the past, she has never appeared at a Liberty event. I am thrilled she will soon see why this university brings such hope to America. At Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party she and I spoke of our mutual anticipation for her upcoming visit.”

Palin is a leading voice for American conservatism. She is the first woman and youngest person to be elected governor of Alaska and was the first female Republican vice presidential candidate in U.S. history. She is an internationally sought after speaker and has been a contributor to Fox News.

Her latest book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” was recently released by HarperCollins and is currently a New York Times best-seller. Signed copies will be available during Convocation.

“This book is not about isolated trivialities. It’s not really about gingerbread cookies, or stockings hung by the chimney with care, or the big fat man with the long white beard. It’s not about a holiday at all,” Palin writes. “It’s about that little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, who arrived long before hope and change became political manipulations. It’s about Christ and our ability to worship Him freely. It’s about America, and what liberty truly means in our day-to-day lives.”   More

h/t Brian P. (A special young man that attends LU)

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Palin: Day 6 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/18/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 19, 2013

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Day 6 (November 18th) of Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took her to The Villages in the morning and to Pensacola in the evening.  Gov. Palin posted the following to message of thanks to the good people of The Villages and Barnes and Noble on her Facebook page:

Met some awesome Floridians and inspiring members of our Greatest Generation yesterday at The Villages. We’ve been to The Villages a number of times now – including during the 2008 campaign and with the “Going Rogue” book tour – and it’s always great to reconnect with the good folks there. One of my most favorite individuals in the area is my former basketball coach, Coach Yates. Everything I ever needed to know I learned on the basketball court, and Coach Yates has been instrumental. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and to the staff at Barnes & Noble!

Gov. Palin also shared a photo album with 11 pictures from The Villages here.

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

After The Villages it was on to Pensacola where Gov. Palin was welcomed by Books-A-Million and “hundreds of supporters”.  PNJ.com published a great photo gallery as well as the following where the manager cited it as the “largest turnout her store had ever seen for a book signing.”:

It was a hectic night at Books-A-Million.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the entrance of the Pensacola book store early Monday evening, spilling into the parking lot. Most clutched copies of a white hardback book, many wore matching pins, and all were waiting for their number to be called so they could come inside.

A lone barista from the Joe Mugs Coffee Shop was all that stood between the crowd and the threshold of another lengthy wait, this one snaking from the magazine section, past a life-size standup of Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson and through aisles of business paperbacks, inspirational gifts and Brain Quest workbooks.

Rhett English, a 24-year-old Chumuckla resident, approached the gatekeeper.

“Can I go in and buy a book?” he asked.

“You can buy ‘the’ book,” replied the barista before letting English in.

The book of course was Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” The people gathered at the store were waiting for a chance to meet the former vice-presidential candidate and Governor of Alaska, who made a stop in Pensacola for her book-signing tour.

Susan Haas, general manager of Books-A-Million, said it was the largest turnout her store had ever seen for a book signing. More

Gov. Palin says thank you to Pensacola via her Facebook page:

Had a great time meeting Floridians in the Panhandle last night! Thank you, Pensacola, for sharing your Sunshine State Christmas spirit with us! Thank you to everyone who came last night, and a special thank you to the great staff at Books-A-Million. Now on to Texas!

Here’s a gallery of 11 great photos from Pensacola as shared by Gov. Palin along with my favorite from the signing.

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Gov. Palin’s book tour made a stop in Plano, TX today and will take her to Tyler, TX and Edmond, OK tomorrow (11-21).  You can find the “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour schedule here.

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Palin: Day 5 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/16/13 (Updated)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 16, 2013

“It Was A Fan Frenzy” for Sarah Palin in Naples, FL

Day 5 of Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took her to Naples, FL.  According to this report from NBC2, people seeking to buy copies of her book started getting in line at 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening.


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Naples News published their account of Palin’s visit as follows:

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Was Sarah Palin a hit in Naples?

You betcha.

Several hundred supporters of the GOP firebrand and former vice presidential nominee snaked around a North Naples Barnes & Noble on Saturday, collecting signatures in Palin’s new holiday book. The crowed craned for views of the former Alaska governor, with some getting in line at 6 a.m., four hours before Palin started signing copies of “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”

“It’s a great crowd. We kept looking outside and saw the line getting longer and longer,” said North Naples resident Ken Goodwich, who got in early after arriving with his grandson at 8:15 a.m. “People would stay here all day to get to see her.”

The Fox News commentator ushered her fans through quickly, offering a handshake, smile and brief question to people in line, flashing the smile and congeniality that launched the Palin phenomenon. Her Naples stop is the seventh on an 11-day, 17-city tour.

Palin’s book “defends the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas — whether in public displays, school concerts, and pageants, or in our hearts — and delivers a sharp rebuke to today’s society for the homogenization of the holiday season,” according to the publisher.

“It’s ridiculous that America is excluding the term ‘Merry Christmas’ from certain situations,” said Brenda Seiple, of North Naples, who arrived shortly before doors opened. “It’s part of our core. Everything else is OK, but for some reason these days Christianity isn’t.”

While the 256-page stocking stuffer flew out of the store by the hundreds, Palin’s political message remains her calling card. Those in line lauded Palin’s conservative credentials, particularly as some in the Republican Party call for a moderate movement in light of back-to-back presidential election losses.

“I think her emphasis on the American values is very important,” said Sandra Cerutti, of Marco Island. “Our freedoms are being taken away from us. Even our young people, they don’t have to think anymore. They don’t even have to go look for a job. Everything is taken care of for them.”

Palin’s political clout has lessened in recent years, yet her popularity remains. Several supporters came decked out in Alaska T-shirts. One teenage girl dressed as a Lipton Tea bag. North Naples resident Anne Brown, who said Palin still carries significant weight in GOP circles, proudly displayed her shirt reading “Palin Power” for the former governor.

“She does a lot behind the scenes, I think, that we’re not aware of,” Brown said. “She’s definitely a figure.” More

Not related to Palin’s stop in Naples but a noteworthy addition to today’s entry is a review of “Good Tidings and Great Joy, Protecting the Heart of Christmas” from Don Surber of the Charleston Daily Mail.  In it he writes:

UPON learning that their daughter Bristol was pregnant in the spring of 2008, Sarah and Todd Palin got into a heated argument over whether she should marry “that boy,” according to a new book.

The author is Sarah Palin.

She expected Bristol to marry the father. Her husband didn’t. After a heated discussion, which she described over four pages in her new book, Gov. Palin apologized.

“When I finally realized I needed to take the blame on that day, Todd’s face instantly softened toward me,” she wrote. “There’s something remarkable that happens when one person bridges the ever-widening gap by taking the blame and becoming vulnerable. The relationship suddenly has a chance. Both people can let their defenses down. That one sentence, ‘Yeah, I’m to blame,’ even makes the relationship stronger.”

Washington should try that.

Her candor also contrasts with the air-brushed bios of all the insiders in Washington. She cannot hide. The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to “fact check” her memoir, “Going Rogue.” Palin also has to be the cleanest politician in America because that same AP and other news groups subpoenaed 24,000 emails from her when she was governor and found nothing — other than a keen sense of humor.

“Good Tidings and Great Joy” is her third book and the best of the lot as she relaxed and showed her chops as a writer.

The book centers on the secularization of Christmas. How odd it is that in preaching multicultural diversity, some people want to exclude from society Christianity and its culture, which covers most Americans.  More

It should be noted that there is information in the review that is correct. On page two the author states “Brody alludes to her running as a reformer against Gov. Frank Murkowski, whom she defeated in the Republican primary in 2010.”  The primary between Palin and Murkowski occurred in 2006, not 2010.

The next stops on the book tour will take Gov. Palin to The Villages and Pensacola on Monday, November 18th.

UPDATE:

Gov. Palin posted this Facebook update on the Naples book signing earlier today (11/17/13).

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Great enthusiasm and insistence on a united team effort to protect the heart of America was in Naples! By the way, on this day in history in 1968, NBC cut away from the final minutes of the big New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders game to begin the TV special, “Heidi,” so the movie would start on schedule. Meanwhile, the Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32! Now, as I mention in “Good Tidings and Great Joy” we didn’t have live TV in Alaska back then because of our young state’s unique location and rugged conditions, so that traumatic media distraction didn’t affect our day (we wouldn’t know of it until proceeding radio reports). But lesson learned.

We can apply this story to today’s political and economic climate with all the distractions and interruptions to what’s really going on behind the scenes as our freedoms are diminished day by day with the march towards socialized medicine, our government spying on us, the IRS targeting patriotic Americans, and the bloated federal bureaucracy and our exploding national debt hurtling out of control. But unanticipated outcomes do occur. The underdog does win!

Well that’s America today! We the People aren’t giving up; we “come from behind” and we win over this out of control government and political correctness run amok… all while attempts to distract ensue. Also, ironically on this day in history in 1800 Congress met for first time in the partially completed Capitol building. Look how far we’ve strayed since then from the Constitutional balance of power with Obama’s actions today.

So, on this fine football day, consider this day in history. Don’t let your guard down, America; don’t let their distractions take your eye off ball. As big government fumbles and penalizes us with broken policies and false promises, we must focus on the goal line and push for a come from behind victory! With a united team effort in 2014, we’ll win! It starts with great patriots like those we met yesterday in Naples, Florida, at the book signing and SarahPAC event.

 

A great gallery of 10 photos was also posted to Facebook.  Again, it’s easy to see how much people just love interacting with Gov. Palin.  Here’s my favorite one from the Naples book signing.

 

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

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