Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most

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“I wrote these letters so that long after I’m gone, you’ll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world. If I can’t be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me—as if I’m standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder.”
 
Mike Huckabee has worn many hats through­out his life: pastor, politician, ...

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Overview

“I wrote these letters so that long after I’m gone, you’ll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world. If I can’t be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me—as if I’m standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder.”
 
Mike Huckabee has worn many hats through­out his life: pastor, politician, governor, presidential candidate, talk show host, rock bassist, pundit, husband, and father. But since his first grandchild was born, he’s found that the role of grandfather is more satisfying than just about any of the others.
 
Huckabee wanted to give something to his grand­son, Chandler, that would last forever. He began drafting a series of letters to Chandler recounting heartwarming stories from his past and the bittersweet lessons learned along the way. With the birth of his granddaughter, Scarlett, just a year later, Huckabee was further inspired to convey his love and wisdom.
 
Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett touches on the time­less topics of faith, love, family, overcoming adversity, and staying true to your values in the face of failure and temptation. For instance, Huckabee tells how being forced to pick up pecans from the trees in his yard taught him the value of hard work. (“We were told that if we wanted to eat that night and sleep in a bed instead of in the yard, we’d pick up the pecans.”) Years later he learned the real meaning of love after watching a friend care for his dying wife who could no longer recognize him. (“He loved her not because he enjoyed it or found pleasure in it, but because he had promised that he would never leave her until death parted them. And here he was, keeping that promise, faithful to the end.”)
 
Like his bestseller A Simple Christmas, Dear Chan­dler, Dear Scarlett isn’t about politics. It’s a deeply personal, heartfelt, inspirational book that can be enjoyed by anyone. As Huckabee writes: “Although my advice comes from my personal experience and I’m writing with my grandkids in mind, I hope any parent, grandparent, child, or grandchild can take away some­thing valuable from these letters. I’ll try not to be too obnoxious, but don’t worry, if you ever sit next to me on a plane, I’ll still be happy to show you all the photos of Chandler and Scarlett I have on my phone.”

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has been a Republican presidential candidate, a Southern Baptist pastor, a rock band bass guitarist, a parent, and, perhaps least stressfully, a grandparent. In these letters, he shares decades of hard-acquired wisdom with his grandchildren Chandler and Scarlett. Fans of the Huckabee's soulful, unthreatening style will not be surprised that these missives focus on issues of faith, family, and ethical behavior.

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Former Arkansas governor, presidential candidate, and current Fox News talk show host, Huckabee (A Simple Christmas) puts his trademark folksiness to use in a staged set of “grandpa’s letters” to his one-year-old grandson, Chandler, and baby granddaughter, Scarlett. He hopes the two children will establish a “personal relationship with the Creator of All Things” and tells Chandler and Scarlett to be kind, especially to the less fortunate. He discusses love and marriage, the environment, and even creativity in decent, heartwarming ways, constantly referring to himself as “grandpa” for effect. In one pleasant chapter Huckabee makes the convincing case that pets, especially dogs, “make us better humans.” He endorses patriotism and military heroism. Huckabee’s down-home style attracts a loyal crowd from agrarian pietists to Tea Party activists. Here, nothing complex tugs at Huckabee’s reassuring, anodyne thoughts, though that is likely a limitation of the form. However, he affirms values that are worth reiterating, even if he does so in treacly ways, and his easy-to-read essays will reinforce his admirers’ fixed ideas. Agent: Frank Breeden, Premiere Authors Literary Agency. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595231062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 367,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Huckabee

MIKE HUCKABEE hosts the popular talk show Huckabee on Fox News Channel and The Mike Huckabee Show each weekday on Cumulus Radio and presents “The Huckabee Report” com­mentary three times daily on six hundred radio stations. He served as lieutenant governor of Arkan­sas from 1993 to 1996 and as governor from 1996 to 2007. During the 2008 presidential race he came in sec­ond place for the Republican nomination. His previous books include the New York Times bestsellers Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas, and A Simple Govern­ment. He and his wife of thirty-eight years, Janet, have three grown children and three dogs.

Visit www.MikeHuckabee.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Something to pass on, never outdated!

    My children never got to know their Grandpa so I'm always trying to give him a life through stories, jokes and words of wisdom he gave to me along life's way. The values in this book are those also of my dad so I'm giving each of my three boys a copy to help them along life's way. Thank you Mr. Huckabee for being so honest and open about life. The loving way in which this is written will be a book to pass on to your children's children.

    A wonderful read!

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    Posted January 1, 2013

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    Posted January 2, 2013

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    Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    gov mike huckabee has writtion a fantastic collection of letters

    gov mike huckabee has writtion a fantastic collection of letters to his grand children so that they can have something to remember him by it is his thoughts on parents education work God loving thy neibor america love and marriage pain the enviorment and many other topics that are close to his heart. this is a book that everyone can relate to not just grand parents and parents it is for everyone it would truly make a great gift idea for the holidays or the perfect birthday

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