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Posts Tagged ‘book’

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 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 Talks Republicans, Bashir & Christmas with Bill O’Reilly

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 6, 2013

Gov. Sarah Palin appeared with Bill O’Reilly last night at which time they covered a range of topics including Republicans, the TEA Party, Palin’s feistiness, Martin Bashir’s vile personal attack and Palin’s newest book “Good Tidings and Great Joy“.  In my opinion, Palin’s finest moment was her answer to O’Reilly’s line of questions on the Bashir incident.  (Starts at 4:00 mark.)

” I would have never allowed a corporate culture to have such low standards that that kind of vile talk was accepted.”  (Palin on Bashir, former MSNBC host.)

h/t iizthatiiz

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Palin on FOX and Friends 12/5/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 5, 2013

Gov. Sarah Palin took her place on the curvy couch during this morning’s Fox and Friends.  Palin discussed her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy” as well as recent derogatory comments by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, his subsequent apology and resignation. 

 

 
h/t sarahnettoo

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Palin: Day 8 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/20/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 24, 2013

First stop on November 20th for the “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour was Sam’s Club of Tyler, TX.  Gov. Palin posted a Facebook message of thanks to those that attended:

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

Thank you, thank you, Tyler, Texas! Great to be back to see many whom I’d met at the Oil Palace after my pro-American Energy speech. Really great to meet new friends today, too! Your gracious Southern welcome warms us right up. Special thanks to everyone who joined us today and provided fun, laughter, and new energy in the book line. And what a super staff at Sam’s Club! Now on to that other energy-producing sister state America loves – Oklahoma! (Alaskans of a certain age will remember an infamous bumper sticker about Texans and Okies which was popular when finishing construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 70’s… but I promise it was never on my truck! “Happiness is a Texan flying south with an Okie under each arm.” Just in jest and we love you guys! Er, y’all.)

The following was published by KLTV9:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) –

Hundreds of East Texans lined up for hours Wednesday morning for their shot at meeting former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin was in Tyler Wednesday, a pit stop that is part of her nationwide tour promoting her new book.

Many people in line drove or even flew in for a chance to meet the former Alaskan governor.

One of those men was Michael Jenkins, who was first in line for the book-signing frenzy. Jenkins arrived just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“This is my third time to see her,” Jenkins said. “The first time we made it over 20 hours before and we were not even close to the front of the line and I just wanted to make sure I got a spot in line.”

That meant braving low overnight temperatures in the 40s.

“I stayed in my car,” Jenkins said. “I had a blanket wrapped up right here, and then the rest of the time I was in my car. It was too cold.”

Marilyn Mcneely hit the road from Jefferson at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“I expected a long line this morning,” Mcneely said. “I almost jumped for joy when I saw I was number six.”

Number six in a line filled with hundreds, all waiting for a few brief seconds with the former governor. But it was all worth it for people like Shirley Greene, who is actually from Idaho.

“I had a trip planned to visit a friend in the Dallas area,” Green said. “So I rented a car and got up early this morning and drove down.”

Greene thinks of Palin as somewhat of a family friend.  Video & more

From Texas it was on to Edmond, OK where an evening signing was scheduled at the Mardel Christian & Education Supply.  Gov. Palin posted the following via Facebook:

O! K! Last night in Oklahoma, Kathy Young (see photo) shared her “The Best Peanut Butter Carb Bar EVER” recipe with me – sounded so good we almost ate the Christmas card it was written on! Thanks, Kathy, and congratulations on celebrating your Golden Wedding anniversary during the Christmas holiday at the same church in Edmond where you were married. As promised, I’ll make the Carb Bars when I get home. Friends, enjoy the tradition of sharing recipes as I did in “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” Or begin the tradition at our book events!

Thank you, Oklahoma, for supporting the “Good Tidings and Great Joy” message last night. So many inspiring people are committed to protect the heart of Christmas – and your efforts mean a world of difference in today’s culture. Lots of conscientious parents and grandparents brought youngsters on a school night to share early Christmas cheer, testifying powerfully to sincere support. It was a joy to see so many happy faces sharing your Okie hospitality. Kudos to the thoughtful staff at Mardel; thanks for putting up with our healthy “energetic” chaos that inevitably accompanies big events! Now on to Arkansas and Kansas for ramped up empowering of good Americans so we can stand united for joyous tradition, faith, family and freedom.

UPDATE: Some of you have asked for that Peanut Butter Carb Bar Recipe that Kathy Young gave me last night. Here’s Kathy’s recipe:

The Best Carb Bar Recipe EVER by Kathy Young of Edmond, OK

1 c. Honey
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Peanut Butter with nuts
4 c. Cereal – any kind (I love Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds)
Additional ingredients:
Raisins, Chocolate Chips

1) Microwave Honey, Brown Sugar, and Peanut Butter on high 3 minutes in large bowl stirring every minute

2) Add Cereal to warm mixture

3) May add Raisins and Chocolate Chips to warm mixture (Chocolate Chips will melt)

4) Spread mixture into 13×9 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray

5) Cool, slice (approx. 30 squares) and enjoy!

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Photo by Shealah Craighead

 

Gov. Palin also shared a photo album consisting of twelve wonderful photos from the Edmond event.  Once again, I’ll point out that it’s quite obvious that Gov. Palin really enjoys meeting her supporters.

KFOR TV published the following on Palin’s book signing event:

EDMOND, Okla. – Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made an appearance in the Sooner State.She’s hosted a signing event in Edmond for her new holiday book.

Her new novel is titled “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”

The signing was at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mardel near 33rd St. and Boulevard.

The first 750 customers were guaranteed a spot in line but only if they had a wristband. Video here.

The schedule for first leg of the book tour can be found here and I’m looking forward to the announcement  of the second leg stops.

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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.


h/t   iizthatiiz

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

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Photo by COREY PERRINE

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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Palin: Day 4 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/15/13 (Updated)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 15, 2013

FtC1_11_1115Today Gov. Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took her  to Ft. Campbell, KY and Ft. Benning, GA.  It’s evident that Palin has a deep respect and love for those that serve in our nation’s military.  I’ve been fortunate to hear Gov. Palin speak in person on numerous occasions and each time she has requested that those serving, or those who have served, to please stand and be recognized at which time, Palin thanks them for their service and sacrifice.  Is it any wonder that they appreciate her?  I had a thought earlier today– how many of those that she met today leaned over and whispered “I wish you were our commander-in-chief”.  I’d be willing to bet it happened more than a few times.

Gov. Palin posted an album of 11 photos from Ft. Campbell here.  I’m going to go out on a limb in declaring this photo as the best photo of the tour even though this is only the fourth day.  I would LOVE to hear this little girl’s story because she certainly seems very excited to be sharing it with Gov. Palin!

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Gov. Palin also posted a note of thanks to Ft. Campbell on her Facebook page:

Thank you, Fort Campbell! God bless our active duty military and their families! This evening we’re on our way to Fort Benning where my son went to boot camp/infantry training years ago. Very excited to thank the troops here in Georgia as well!

You can find the first leg of the “Good Tidings and Great Joy Tour” here.

The Ft. Benning signing was scheduled to end at 8:00 p.m.  I’ll update this blog entry once more information is available.

UPDATE:

Gov. Palin posted two entries to her Facebook page from the Ft. Benning, GA book signing.  In the first entry, she thanked Ft. Benning for hosting her by writing as follows:

Great folks at Fort Benning – we honor you! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us last night. We were inspired by the brave warriors and incredibly supportive families we got to meet. For your service and for sacrificing so much to preserve our freedoms – you are heroes. And we’re now in Naples, Florida, today looking forward to meeting more Southerners!

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Photo Credit:: Shealah Craighead

Palin’s second Facebook post is a gallery of 14 engaging photos from the Ft. Benning event.  You can view the complete gallery here.

Gov. Palin’s book tour makes a stop in Naples, FL on Saturday.

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Palin: Day 3 of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Book Tour 11/14/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 15, 2013

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Photo Credit: S. Craighead

Sarah Palin spent another day greeting supporters and signing “Good Tidings and Great Joy” in Wausau, WI.  Perhaps the most interesting story of the day is that Walmart had 700 books on hand and it’s being reported that the store sold out.  In fact, Breitbart has  confirmed that Sam’s Club as well as Barnes and Noble sold their complete inventory too! Special note: Gov. Palin also shared this article on her Facebook page.

From Breitbart’s Kevin Scholla:

When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin went to Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, the whole city sold out of her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Palin held a book signing at the local Walmart, where a line snaked around the gigantic store (see video below) for the sold out book. Breitbart News has confirmed the town’s Sam’s Club and Barnes & Noble also sold out all their copies of her new book as well yesterday.

At Walmart, Palin greeted a multitude of well-wishers and signed book after book. Just like her Bethlehem, PA stop, she stayed late because of an abundance of supporters. She may have stayed later if not for one very relevant detail. According to a Walmart official, the store ran out of books.

Walmart wasn’t alone. The entire town of Wausau was cleaned out. A Harper Collins source told Breitbart News that along with Walmart, Wausau’s Sam’s Club and Barnes & Noble had also sold all of their copies. The stores have confirmed that all their books were sold. More

Gov. Palin posted an album of pictures 13 pictures from the Wausau signing to her Facebook page.  You’ll immediately notice how engaged she is with her supporters.  You’ll also notice that Palin rises to greet members of our nation’s military and its veterans.  (See above photo.)

The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune published the following article and provided a short video:

RIB MOUNTAIN — Carrie Kolbeck traveled all the to way to Fairbanks, Alaska, four years ago just to get a chance to hear her political hero, Sarah Palin, speak.

So when the Wausau woman heard the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate was coming to town while on a book tour, Kolbeck immediately made plans for a second meeting.

“She just believes in standing up for religious freedom, and that is a big deal to us,” said Kolbeck, 37. “I’m glad for her strength and courage. She’s a very brave woman.”

You can read the rest of the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune article and view the video here.

Gov. Palin also shared her own video (complete with cheery Christmas music) of the many people that were waiting in a line that seemed to snake through every department of Wal-Mart.  The message that accompanied the video is as follows:

Thank you, Wausau! It was great to visit with so many patriots yesterday. Thank you for letting me wish you a Merry Christmas!
http://youtu.be/HNEdtnh_05U

The Wausau Daily has published a photo gallery here

The Wisconsin Free published this article on Palin’s book tour with an interesting quote.

One observer noted, “877 people signed up for Obamacare in the first 6 weeks. Almost as many showed up to see Sarah Palin as signed up for Obamacare.”

Day 4 will take Palin to Ft. Campbell, KY and Ft. Benning, GA.  The book  tour schedule is available here.

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Palin: “Good Tidings and Great Joy” Media Blitz Roundup for 11/11/13 (Updated)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 11, 2013

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“Good Tidings and Great Joy” is set for release tomorrow, November 12th, and Governor Sarah Palin spent the day promoting her new book.  It started with the “Today Show” where she was interviewed by Matt Lauer.

From Today.com:

Sarah Palin had harsh words for Obamacare on Monday — and the GOP’s chances in 2016 didn’t fare much better in her opinion.

“I would never put my faith and hope in any one individual politician,’’
Palin said after Matt Lauer asked her about New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, a favorite in the field, on TODAY. “Not any of them. There is
no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he were on the scene, that’s who
I would put my faith in.

“New Jersey, a blue state, has a Republican governor. Right on; it beats the alternative.”

Christie, who was re-elected governor by a large margin last week, got a vote of
support for 2016 from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Meet the Press, who said that Christie could save the Republican party.

Last week in an interview, Christie called the federal government shutdown
engineered by Republican Senator Ted Cruz and members of the Tea Party
“a monumental failure.”

“When you stand in the middle of the road, you’re going to get hit on both sides of the road,’’ Palin said. “We need to take a stand, especially on this Obamacare, and support
those who are just fulfilling their campaign promises. So many politicians ran for reelection and for election saying they would do anything in their power to de-fund the state of socialized medicine program called Obamacare. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, some of these guys were actually fulfilling their campaign promises and they ask for debate.
That’s why they stood up. They took the stand, (and) fought for us to debate the issue of Obamacare.”  More

Video here:

h/t iizthatiiz

Later in the day, Rush Limbaugh had this to say about how Palin handled Lauer.

h/t iizthatiiz

Shortly after the Today Show interview, Gov. Palin shared some great photos on her Facebook page as she met with veterans. Additional photos here and here.

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Sarah Palin then joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of NBC’s ‘Today’ to talk about her new book which not only discusses the heart of Christmas but also very personal stories along with recipes.

h/t RightSightings

This evening Sarah Palin was a guest on Mark Levin’s radio show.  In my opinion it was the best interview of the day and it’s evident that there’s a deep mutual respect between these two patriots.

h/t iizthatiiz

Palin is scheduled to appear with Sean Hannity tonight.  This blog entry will be updated with that appearance once the video becomes available.

Reminder, the book tour starts tomorrow in Bethlehem, PA!

UPDATE:


Gov. Palin appeared with Sean Hannity at which time they covered a range of topics including book “Good Tidings and Great Joy”, Gov. Chris Christie and the planks of the Republican party, our “ShamWow” president, Obamacare, and the importance of protecting the hearts of Christmas and America.

h/t RightSightings

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