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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080544677X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Huckabee recently completed more than ten years of public service as governor of Arkansas. In 2005, Governing magazine named him among the Public Officials of the Year, TIME magazine called him one of the five best governors in America, and he received the AARP Impact Award recognizing those who have done something extraordinary to make the world a better place. An outspoken man of Christian faith, Huckabee is also a musician, playing bass guitar in his rock-and-roll band Capitol Offense. In January 2007, he received the Music for Life Award from NAMM for his outstanding support of music arts and education. Mike and his wife, Janet, have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah.

Customer Reviews

Thanks Governor for sending me to your book.
Kelly Campbell
Character Makes A Difference gives an insightful look into the life of a key actor in today's political arena.
Kent Shirley
If you are tuned in to Mike Huckabee, you will want to read this book.
B. Cavanaugh

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By G. Ribal on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I did not know much about Mike Huckabee until recently. Mike's book is a great insight into the man and his thoughts. The book was written years before he became a presidential candidate - so it is a great source for understanding who Mike is and where he is coming from. I highly recommend reading the book so you can be a better informed voter - but even if Mike was not running for public office, the book is worth reading because of the wisdom that Mike shares.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
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First let me say I'm a Democrat who was raised by social-conservative Republican parents in Texas. That being said I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book last year, but I was half expecting a self-serving bit of prose from a man who was expecting to run for the presidency the following year. But, with summer reading largely consisting of romance novels and cookbooks, I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did.

Governor Huckabee doesn't pull any punches in telling you where he came from. He embraces his religious roots, talks about his human weaknesses as well as his strengths, and talks openly about the political bickering that goes on in churches and how exposure to such an atmosphere prepared him for a career in politics. Due to his humble beginnings he has a real empathy for the little guy. I think that's why he scared so many neocons when he had some early success in the Republican primaries. A REAL compassionate conservative??? The national Republican party can have none of that! A FAIR tax??? Life isn't supposed to be fair unless you're a CEO!

Mr. Huckabee could be the future of the Republican party given his natural likability and gift for oratory. However, his religious views will no doubt scare off the secular Northeast and West Coast. I'm sure he realizes that, yet he doesn't shrink from his background nonetheless, which is a sign of character in itself. Compare this to Mitt Romney, the blow-dried poll-tested candidate who went down in flames. If you've wondered just what makes Mr. Huckabee tick, try this book. I think you'll come away admiring him regardless of whether or not you agree with his legislative goals.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David St Vincent on January 27, 2008
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This book is very well written and comes across as sincerely from the heart. It's a great perspective at an event in recent history where you can hear "the rest of the story", or at least the behind the scenes part. Mike Huckabee just comes across as that guy we've all been searching for who embodies the values missing in our present society and spotlight today. If the phonecall from God dosn't push you off the fence, Character Makes a Difference will.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kent Shirley on November 24, 2007
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Great insight into the life of a man in the spotlight. Being in the spotlight brings out character. Mike is very transparent and humorous as an author. His humble beginning and his strong Christian values have greatly influenced his decisionmaking and impact on politics in Arkansas as evidenced in this interesting and thought provoking book. Character Makes A Difference gives an insightful look into the life of a key actor in today's political arena.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Grushenka on September 9, 2007
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Mike Huckabee has such a unique combination of quick wit, intelligence, patience and proven leadership qualities. He has, as Governor of Arkansas, a predominately Democrat state, been able to work through political differences and actually MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What an outstanding man. "Character" not only describes Gov. Huckabee's personal and political life, it inspires ALL OF US to go forth and do likewise. Please, if you don't usually read "political" books (especially from another perspective) - give this one a try. He's genuine.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Wells on July 4, 2007
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This a great book written by a great man and Republican Presidential Candidate! If you want to know about the great character that motivates Mike Huckabee buy this book.
He writes about his ascension from the pulpit to the Arkansas Capitol. He talks about the people who influenced him throughout his life.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 5, 2008
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I bought four of Governor Huckabee's books, and spent much of Sunday going through them. I've decided to do one review posted four times, to provide anyone visiting one of the four books to see four snapshots in one place. I am NOT looking for multiple votes. This is my bottom-line over-all assessment of one of the three people I believe is qualified to b;ring our Nation together, the others being Senator Obama, and Representative Paul, who will not win but could demand electoral reform when Congress returns. The two formula books lose one star each but in no way does this discredit the substance within each.

1998, Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence is his first book and also the most earnest. I like this book, very much. The Governor weaves a rich tapesty of a culture of disrespect, too many bad laws, not enough community and faith, and I for one buy into his message: our society has fragmented and we reap what we sow. See also my reviews of:
Rage of the Random Actor: Disarming Catastrophic Acts And Restoring Lives
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

2000, Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional About the Legacy You Leave. I find this book equally earnest, with a very strong consistent appreciation for God and faith and community in faith, for stewardship.
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More About the Author

Mike Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993-96. Before entering politics, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and worked for twelve years as a full time pastor. He recently started a political action committee, HuckPAC, to extend his grassroots movement. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas; they have three grown children.

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