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Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Palin
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Book Description

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.

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Wish me a Merry Christmas.

At a time when Christian values are challenged—when the greeting "Merry Christmas" has been replaced by the supposedly less offensive "Happy Holidays"—Governor Sarah Palin makes the case for bringing back the freedom to express the religious spirit of the season.

In her bestselling books, Going Rogue and America by Heart, Palin has revealed how her strong Christian faith has guided her life and family. Now, in Good Tidings and Great Joy, she discusses one of Christianity's most sacred celebrations, and how the holiday has been robbed of its meaning and true tradition by the pressures of political correctness.

Palin defends the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas—whether in public displays, school concerts, and pageants, or in our hearts—and delivers a sharp rebuke to today's society for the homogenization of the holiday season. Sharing personal memories from Palin Christmases past, she illustrates why she holds the celebration of Jesus Christ's Nativity so dear.

Good Tidings and Great Joy revisits our traditional roots and the true meaning of Christmas. It is a call to action to readers to defend and openly celebrate the joys of their Christianity, and to say to one another, "Merry Christmas!"

About the Author

Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska, the youngest and first woman elected to the office; the first woman Republican vice-presidential candidate in American history; and the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers Going Rogue and America by Heart. She was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2010, hosted TLC's Sarah Palin's Alaska, and is a Fox News contributor. The mother of five children and grandmother of two, she lives with her husband, Todd, in Wasilla, Alaska.

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  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside e-books (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW3AY5K
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1,777 of 1,974 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One reads this book and one can only say, "Palin!" November 18, 2013
Finally! At long last someone has said what has needed to be said. One brave soul has trumpeted it from the rooftops. Forget about the Iraq War with their hundreds of thousands of innocents dead. Remove your mind from worrisome drone strikes hitting children and families in Afghanistan. Our returning soldiers--battered, maimed, wounded in every human way possible, and now, most likely jobless, could not have returned from a more glorious conflict than the War on Christmas. This annual melee, swift on the heels of the Satanic orgy of demon-worship and candy corn that is Halloween, should be front and center on the radar of every God-loving, red-blooded American. While women line up for their holiday abortions and those godless gays don their stylish gay apparel, Mrs. Palin has reminded us that the fight for Christmas is the fight for our very souls. As the Pilgrims exchanged gifts with the Indians, as Paul Revere rode up and down that night to warn us of the British plans to take our guns and Christmas trees, and as Ronald Reagan reminded the Soviets when he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, it's 'Merry Christmas!", so we must take a stand against the liberazis who intend to topple the entire edifice of Western Civilization through their insistence on wishing one and all a "Happy Holiday." Being a Christian nation, the celebration of the Divine Child born in Bethlehem that cold, snowy night is the cornerstone of our republic and our society--certainly not the anti-family liberal aggrandizement of unwed teenage mothers or families with two dads. In concise, two-syllable words and plenty of illustrations, Mrs. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars There really is another War on Christmas coming soon! December 15, 2013
Having lost my left eye in the First War on Christmas, it takes me a while to get through books. It took me even longer than normal to get through this one, however, because of the post traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks that it inspired. Picture yourself in my shoes, there on the battlefields of the Paramus Mall, the mist rising off the fields that but days before were fertile farmland, now smoldering in the aftermath of egg nog bombs and fruitcake.

What's that sound? Incoming peppermint strike! The second one this morning. I dive underneath the nearest open sleigh just as the gingerbread mortars rained hellfire down on me and my platoon. Sons of bitches! The psy-ops teams are playing that godless Rudolph song through our comms radios. Damn you, Saturnalia! A gingerbread hits my buddy Ricky just to my right and he drops in a quivering heap. Riiiiiiiiky! NooooooO!

I peek out behind the bough of a douglas fir and there.... I see it. Do you see it? Approaching on the horizon and rising out of the mist. So this is how it ends, eh, Claus? This is how you want to play? Fine. I can take so much, but I'm not going to die here on a frosted field, lights twinkling above me, without a final fight. I grab my tube of wrapping paper and charge out from my hiding spot, and a white-hot sensation rips through my skull. The tinsel! The tinsel! Arrrrrgh.

Sorry.... need to focus on the here and now. For those of you who say there's no war on Christmas, I can only say that you don't know... you can't know... unless you were there. For those of us who survived, though broken and emptied of our humanity, it was all too real.
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727 of 879 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is the Pope Catholic? Not according to Sister Sarah. November 18, 2013
By Kevin
It's my favorite time of year again! It comes earlier every year and grows in strength every time. Is it Thanksgiving? No. Christmas? Closer.

It's the War on Christmas, that festive time of year when we reflect on the true meaning of making sure other people know there is a war against Christmas.

What would you say is the greatest threat to the greatest of holidays Jesus gave to us? Is it over-commercialisation, which Charlie Brown was complaining about back in the '60s? Or the fact that Christmas shopping next year will start just after St. Patrick's Day? Or just the general un-Christmas like behavior of people fighting for parking spaces and hot new toys at the mall while ignoring their families at home?

If you answered any of the above three, you're probably one of those godless liberals who need this book. No my friend, the answer of course is those atheists, bah-humbuging this joyous time for all of us and trying to take it back to the Roman Saturnalia, where men would give each other gifts, drink and fornicate with each other. Wouldn't those sodomites forcing equal marriage on us love that?

Sarah Palin, truly the voice of our grandparent's generation, bravely sets out to right this wrong. Christmas isn't about sharing the holiday quietly with your family. It's about shoving it down the throats of people who don't believe (or don't believe hard enough), and creating animosity and fear so we get rid of those people stopping us from spreading a holiday about peace and good will to all men.

This is a book necessary for this day and age, not just a cheap cash-in that can be rolled out every holiday until consistency=tradition. I will share this book with my loved years every year, and keep it prominently on my shelf right next to my copy of Ayn Rand's It's a Wonderful Life, where Mr. Potter is praised for his cleverness, and Clarence lets George kill himself for creating a culture of dependency.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy Holidays!
I haven't read this book but I've read what her message is, in her own words. She seems delusional in thinking that we say "Happy Holidays" to people we don't know rather... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill S.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
but love it too - a true American idiot!
Published 1 month ago by Movieworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
pleasant read
Published 2 months ago by bible1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable book
Published 2 months ago by Fred K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Bedgood
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the entire Palin family
This great lady is a phenomenon of goodness and talent. I thank God we have gotten to know Sarah Palin and her family, including parents and grandparents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Topher
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupidity at its best!
She's an idiot, period! Can't believe people actually listen to this crazy person. I'm so happy that she is almost at the end of her grifting ways.
Published 2 months ago by Dubya
1.0 out of 5 stars Protecting us from shadows
Sarah Palin is keeping us safe from shadows. Thankfully, the laughter has been drowning out the applause since 2008. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MJ van der Pas
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I got it mainly for the recipes. Very disappointing.
Published 2 months ago by Frances T. Nowve
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sarah Palin
I love Sarah Palin. Simple as that. Her take on Christmas (and I'm Jewish!) actually extends to all the freedoms we enjoy and of which we must continually be vigilant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Marple
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More About the Author

Sarah Palin grew up in Alaska towns, from Skagway to Wasilla to Anchorage, while her dad taught science and coached high school sports. She and her future husband, Todd Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982, and she went on to earn her college degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho. Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council, then 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 serving her state 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, including a son in the U.S. Army, and one grandson. They enjoy an extended family throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

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