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Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas

Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas

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by Sarah Palin

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In her New York Times bestsellers Going Rogue and America by Heart, Sarah Palin revealed the strong Christian faith that has guided her life and family. In Good Tidings and Great Joy she calls for bringing back the freedom to express the Christian values of the season. She asserts the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in


In her New York Times bestsellers Going Rogue and America by Heart, Sarah Palin revealed the strong Christian faith that has guided her life and family. In Good Tidings and Great Joy she calls for bringing back the freedom to express the Christian values of the season. She asserts the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas—in public displays, school concerts, pageants, and our expressions to one another other—and laments the over-commercialization and homogenization of Christmas in today's society.

Interwoven throughout are personal memories and family traditions, as well as more than a dozen family photos, which illustrate the reasons why the celebration of Jesus Christ's nativity is the centerpiece of her faith. Palin believes it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored. She also encourages readers to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our religious convictions and ignore the politically correct Scrooges seeking to take Christ out of Christmas. Good Tidings and Great Joy is a call to action to openly celebrate the joys of Christianity, and say Merry Christmas to one another.

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Palin's new book adapts its title from the angelic words recorded in Luke 2 that promise "good tidings that will cause great joy." In this holiday hardcover, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate argues that we Americans should reassert that Christian faith in public events, school concerts, civic pageants, and official gatherings. She also offers spirited criticism of the over-commercialization and watering-down homogenization of Christmas in our national culture. A call to conservative Christian action.

Kirkus Reviews
The former Alaska governor searches for the culprit leeching the joy out of Christian Christmas. Palin (America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, 2010, etc.) calls foul on the incremental disintegration of the Yuletide season by those who seek to reinvent the holiday by removing the religious element and replacing it with what she calls a "secular winter festival, which launches on Black Friday and ends sometime after Kwanzaa." The outspoken conservative points the finger at American atheists offended by religious crosses and the presentation of Nativity scenes, the latter of which she proudly advocated for in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. Palin's ruffled feathers are due in large part to the corporatization of Christmas, particularly the attempts of big-box retailers to strip the holiday of its holy name and heavily religious connotations. As she dissects these injustices, Palin offers scenarios and examples in hopes that readers will make their own decisions about what to do when confronted with these same issues. The author also shares seasonal anecdotes and family photographs of her life in Alaska during the holiday season--e.g., playing Christmas morning Eskimo Bingo, "a gift-swapping game and the only time we enthusiastically encourage the kids to be greedy." Of course, this is Palin's turf, so these nostalgic, family-friendly memories are often accompanied by the obligatory backhanded jab, as when she describes gifting husband Todd with a powerful new firearm one year "to combat the anti-gun chatter coming from Washington." The author tritely dismisses the media altogether and shows great dismay toward a nation increasingly rethinking its religious allegiances. At the very least, Palin is very occasionally entertaining as she displays her conservative convictions across the diminutive pages of this stylishly produced book, which concludes with a chapter of traditional family sweet and savory recipes. A stocking stuffer for Palin fans.

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Meet the Author

Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, published in November 2009. She grew up in Alaska, where she and her future husband, Todd Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982. Palin graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho. She served two terms on the Wasilla City Council, two terms as the city’s mayor and manager, and was elected by her peers as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She then chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Palin was elected Alaska’s youngest, and first female governor, serving from 2006 to 2009. While governor, she was tapped as Senator John McCain’s running mate in 2008, becoming the first female Republican vice presidential candidate in our nation’s history.

The Palins reside in Wasilla with their five children and one grandson. They enjoy an extended family throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

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Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Heart of Christmas . A delight that is guaranteed to warm the hearts of any Christmas Scrooge . Even those non-Palin supporters will enjoy this book . An enjoyable read . 5 Stars out of 5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Largely autobiographical, letting us all know how Christmas has been celebrated over the years at the Palin home. While I can understand a politician-turned-political activist would inject politics into a book about something that has nothing to do with politics, I thought she got a little too political the first half of the book, as exemplified by her mention of Nancy Pelosi, and her obligatory use of "lamestream media," or "LSM," she got less political as the book went on. For those who believe she is, in my younger sister's words, "Dumber than a rock!" the ex-Governor lets the reader know Pope Julius I was the one who decreed Christmas would be celebrated on December 25. For those who blindly love her, as well as those who blindly disdain her, I encourage you to read the book with open hearts and minds. If so, the former camp will see her flaws, while the latter will see she is not so dumb, after all, let alone, "Dumber than a rock!" Oh, and Kat, Sarah never said she could see Russia from her house; that was Tina Fey, thus raising the following question: even with some fraternal assistance, you still can't understand the difference between a comedienne and a politician, between fact and fiction, and you "think" Sarah is a dunce, well, then, what are you? Ya live by the dunce card, ya die by the dunce card.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
no zero star option??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pure rubbish and I wouldn't expect anything other than that from Mrs. Palin. Then again, given the fact that she is incapable of stringing together a coherent sentence, I highly doubt she even wrote this book or the last 2 for that matter. Phoney war on Christmas is all in her head but way to cash in, Sarah! just in time! - very savvy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. I was quite surprised at how the religious aspect of Christmas is being dismissed in school and other public places. A must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it ironic that the majority of people who actually enjoyed this book cannot form comprehensible sentences. As the other reviewers have said before me, there is no war on Christmas. I think some people need to get the idea into their tiny heads that there are other religions in America, which are "attacked" as much as Christianity, if not more.  Finally, to those who love the book: I'm going to take delight in saying that Sarah Palin probably didn't write it anyway. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Sarah Palin! She gets it! Excellent book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this and find the true spirit of Christmas. Another great book by a great woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah says it like it is and I enjoy reading about the things that she considers to be important. Exceptional lady and and another great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book, written by a wonderful lady. Its so time that a person (women) of her class and integrity share her thoughts of how this world is. A lovely Christian women indeed. The Christmas season needs to be about the nativity, the birth of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. People need to stop with all the shopping, gift giving and partying. Bring back family togetherness and respect of others as well as our own self. Sarah Palin stands for that, truth in the Christ Jesus. When you see drag (men dressed as women) in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade that just disgusted me. People wake up or you will see the pits of hell. Find true meaning for Christmas. Repent and get right with God.She's not prejudice she's speaks the truth and those of you that she offends and the guilty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Patriot, wonderful book! Really enjoyed the personal stories she shared in the book. Hope she runs for President in 2016, as she will definitely have my vote! Merry Christmas Governor Palin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this book for Christmas . It is a wonderful book , much more than a war on Christmas book . Buy it today. 5 Stars out of 5 . Love Sarah Palin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin 's Good Tidings and Great Joy is a beautiful Christmas that really gets to the heart of Christmas . It is charming and heart warming. It has humor and heart and some nice recipes. 5 Stars . If you like Sarah Palin . You will love this book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
any "war" against christmas. I got this for a christmas gift and didn't realize how political it was. This fabricated "war against christmas" seems to me to come from a bad place itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The usual crock from the folks making money from the non-existing "war against Christmas". 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, Important, Heart Warming, an absolute delight . Everybody should buy Good Tidings and Great Joy . If like Sarah Palin , you'll love this book. Guaranteed . 5 Stars . A Must Own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simplistic. Christmas, and Christian values are alive and well and really don't need Ms. Palin to protect them. That's what Fox News is there for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awful. boring from the start and not even slightly accurate when it comes to the facts. dont waste your money
Readingmaterial More than 1 year ago
There is no war on Christmas, it's nothing media created silliness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin is a National Treasure . A Christmas book with heavy faith and a warm heart . 5 Stars . Get it Today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont hit buy till check
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the heart warming stories about Pa returning to the trailer with the Christmas possum and moonshine during Sarah's early childhood. Who knew that Sarah's favorite gift was a Confederate flag?
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waringhawk More than 1 year ago
Please, someone buy this book, so I won't see it in the signed book section. It has been month, please buy it and burn it, so I won't see it.