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November 18, 2012
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Prior to reading The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, I had preconceived ideas and opinions. Not because of what I knew to be fact, rather because of what I had heard from various sources both during and after her and McCain's campaign. Due to the way that the media portrayed her I saw her as a beautiful but incapable, ignorant woman who simply had unobtainable political aspirations. Not many people had a genuine respect for who she was and that carried over into what I theorized about her. After reading Stephen Mansfield and David Holland's book, my appreciation and respect for her has been deepened. I now have a heightened respect for her faith, honesty, and frankly bravery for running in the political world, where she knew she had the potential to be eaten alive.
This biography, focusing in on Palin's faith, really gives a fresh perspective on Palin's roots and circumstances. The part that I found to be most interesting was her conservative background. I did not realize how traditionally she was raised or how open and straightforward she was about her beliefs. It is a quality that after reading about her, I have come to admire. I believe that it took guts for Palin to allow these men to have full access to her family, friends, church, and community solely to write about the "true Sarah Palin". It is rare to find a politician so unafraid of their past and present lives and what writers might find. To me that speaks volumes of Palin's life and personality.
Through reading Mansfield and Holland's book I found that Palin is not everything that the media portrayed her to be. Although she was raised in the rural portion of Alaska and knows how to hunt unlike many women, she is no caribou chasing idiot (as many media sources would convince). Instead I found her to be sharp and cunning and she certainly did not back down on the controversial topics that she stood firm on. She grew up in an exceptionally normal family that loved each other, prayed for each other, and clung together when the going got rough. Those aspects carried over both into her own family when she grew up and into her political dealings. From what I gather through reading this book, what you see of Sarah Palin is what you get. She is not hiding anything. After reading this book I found that she had gained equal amounts of supporters as she had critics. Either you love her or you hate her.
Put simply, Sarah Palin is a woman who is seeking after the God that she loves and desires to please. She is authentic. That is an inspiration to many, especially women. Would I agree that she was not fit for the position of Vice President? Yes, I would. That was visible through her lack of votes. This however should not take away from the incredible focus that Sarah Palin has, and that is to do what is right and stand up for what is right. The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin captures this true side of Governor Sarah Palin that the media never seemed to do justice. Ultimately I'm glad that Palin allowed this book to be written so that many could be inspired and encouraged by her story.
Few people outside of Alaska had ever heard of Sarah Palin when Senator John McCain announced her as his running mate. Today, it is rare to find someone who does not recognize her and doesn't have an opinion, either favorable or unfavorable, about her, her politics and her faith.
Stephen Mansfield and David A. Holland have examined her life and faith and wrote about it in "The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin." Her remarkable rise in politics was motivated by her faith and desire to fulfill what she believes is God's plan and purpose for her life. She upholds the values of honesty and integrity in her personal and political life which is why she has become a target for liberals and conservatives alike.
Never swerving from her faith or her beliefs in doing the right thing, Palin does not bow down to pressure or criticism. She stands firm on the issues she believes are important and refuses to backdown.
The purpose of Mansfield's and Holland's book is to open our eyes to who we are as a nation and where we are heading. Palin may never serve as our Commander-in-Chief, but she will continue to influence our politics and belief systems.
You have probably already heard many of the stories exposed in this book, but you will get the background information surrounding them. Not so much a biography of Palin's life as it is about her political biography. The authors give the reasons behind Palin's decisions to enter politics as well as the reasons behind some of her famous political decisions.
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One of the most interesting and perhaps most promising young politicians of our times, Sarah Palin draws nearly as many critics as she does supporters. Fascinating as an individual, Palin has experienced a rather meteoric rise to fame since John McCain chose her as a running mate in 2008. The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin traces Sarah's life from prior to her calling to politics-prior to her Christian re-birth, prior even to her physical birth. The authors trace her life beginning with her parents, their faith and their decision to settle in Alaska and how they raised their children. This account continues through Palin's experiences as a teenager, as a young woman, and then as her political career blooms, first as a mayor and then as the governor of her state. Palin's character traits and values are outlined in each chapter and then revealed through specific examples which illustrate them.
Highly readable and quite engaging in writing style, this well-researched non-fiction book was informative as well as reflective. It answered many of the questions I had about Palin as a person, as a Christian and as a leader. Evidence of her strong Christian commitment as well as her thoughtful faith are both supported. A principled though somewhat inexperienced leader, she will likely remain an important political figure in years to come. While I find much to admire about her personally, I also largely agree with the author's analysis of how she can further develop her leadership skills in order to experience greater political success.