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The Faith and Values of Sarah Palinby Stephen Mansfield
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She stepped onto the world stage as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the election of 2008. Previously, she had only been a small town mayor and the governor of a state with slightly more than half a million people. Still, there was something about her. She was pretty, fierce in her conservatism and she seemed undaunted by the slings and arrows of national politics. And there was something else, as well: there was a moral force that seemed to shape her life. As the world grew to know Sarah Palin--throughout the 2008 campaign and in her subsequent public appearances and book--people began to see the force behind her: a deep, lifelong Christian faith. This faith was the lens through which she viewed the world, the bedrock of her politics, and even a primary influence upon her personality. To understand Sarah Palin, it is essential to understand her faith. What faith principles, then, impact Sarah Palin's politics, and what are their implications for the Republican Party and the nation as a whole? These questions and more are answered in the fascinating new book by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Mansfield and his co-author David Holland. These authors were given extensive access to Palin's pastors, advisors, friends and family and it has allowed them to capture the moving story of Palin's faith, as well as the meaning of that faith for American politics and culture.
As the world grew to know Sarah Palin, people began to see the force behind her: a deep, lifelong Christian faith that is the lens through which she views the world, the bedrock of her politics, and even a primary influence upon her personality.
From the moment she joined John McCain on the Republican ticket in 2008, Sarah Palin has stirred a firestorm of emotion rarely seen in American politics. These passions arise from critical fault lines she exposes in our country, fissures that reveal much about who we are and where we are heading as a nation. The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin examines these critical divisions, looking at them through the lens of Palin's life and faith. Neither biography nor commentary alone, this is rather a reappraisal, one that exposes the contentious divisions that currently define our country, including... Religion in American life: Most Americans believe in God, yet Palin has been attacked for her faith and her Pentecostal roots as though she is an inflamed member of the Taliban. Feminism and the conservative woman: Palin is a strong woman and a fiercely independent leader, and her strong pro-family, pro-life stance has rekindled the debate about what it means to be a feminist. The urban/rural divide: Palin's rural roots have been so harshly treated by an urban media elite as to make Americans who identify with small town life wonder what has happened to their country. The rise of the Tea Party: Today, Palin is the symbolic leader of the Tea Party movement, which is influencing elections throughout the country and promises to do so for years to come.
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