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Palin takes Book Tour to Roanoke and Duck Dynasty Country

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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

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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

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Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off the second leg of her “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour 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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Rare Glimpse Into Sarah’s Turning Point in Her Faith. J Tapper Interview

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Jake Tapper, journalist and anchor of “The Lead with Jake Tapper” was the one who wrote about the under reported CIA presence in Benghazi. For the first time someone in the mainstream media seemed to care about the overall cover up and questions left unanswered about this administrations negligence. He is not right-leaning, but is easy to read, watch, and listen to. A natural interviewer as well who listens to his guest  speak. Today it was Sarah Palin, who shared more about herself than I had seen before. The exchange was calm, respectful and personal. I felt like I got to know Sarah better from Sarah speaking directly about herself, unfiltered, but I wanted to hear more. She seemed that comfortable with him.  She talked about the turning point in her faith and dealing with Trigg’s birth. I wish we saw more  interviews like this where journalists, no matter what political side of the spectrum they are, treat their guests fairly and professionally. To me it was an excellent one! Even if readers are saying he was consedescending.

This is Sarah when she was talking about John McCain, the campaign in 2008, the differences between them and her decision not to criticize him as a Senator.

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This is Sarah smiling as she describes Trigg.

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Here Sarah is about to talk about some interesting details about her family’s challenge, specifically Bristol’s pregnancy, again all very personalized.

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“America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” A New Book By Sarah Palin

News about Sarah Palin’s much anticipated new book has come, as Sarah’s publisher: HarperCollins, announced on Tuesday the November 23rd release day for “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.”

From Fox News:

Sarah Palin’s new book has a title, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday.

The Alaska ex-governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate, whose memoir “Going Rogue” has sold more than 2 million copies, has been working on a tribute to American values.

It will include “selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her,” according to HarperCollins, along with “the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies.

The book is inspired not only by her “strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism,” but by some of the people she met last year while promoting “Going Rogue.” Palin skipped major cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles, traditional stops on most author tours, and instead focused on smaller communities more receptive to her conservative message.

The book will also include portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family,” the statement from HarperCollins reads.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Palin will likely tour for “America By Heart,” but added that details were still being arranged. The book will have a first printing of 1 million copies — the initial run for “Going Rogue” was 1.5 million — and a list price of $25.99.

As with “Going Rogue,” Palin will have a collaborator, but there are “no specifics to announce yet,” Andreadis said. Conservative author Lynn Vincent worked with Palin on her memoir.

While the e-book for “Going Rogue” came out several weeks after the hardcover, the digital edition for “America By Heart” will be available at the same time.

Before the release last month of Apple’s iPad, HarperCollins and other publishers had worried that the $9.99 charged for best-sellers on Amazon.com’s Kindle reader was too low and would hurt hardcover sales. Publishers have more control over pricing under the sales model negotiated with Apple, with some e-books costing $12.99 to $14.99 when first released.

As with Going Rogue, we look forward to reading Sarah’s latest. It’s been hinted that this book will also contain a fair amount of policy, though for the discerning reader, Going Rogue has been thought of as one of the best books on policy written in quite some time.

Obviously this will spark even more anticipation of an announcement for a 2012 presidential run, especially with this timing. Late 2010 early 2011 can be devoted to the book tour, much like the late 2009, early 2010 was set aside to promote Going Rogue. After that, we anticipate a full on run toward the Oval Office.

We look forward to seeing American exceptionalism, faith, and patriotism through the eyes of Sarah Palin. Sarah is a woman of strong character who dearly loves her country, and is inspired by the American experience, as are we.

Online book sellers Borders and Amazon have wasted no time, and are already taking pre-orders for America By Heart. You can visit their website here and here.

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