Below is the video of a Sean Hannity segment, retrieved from PalinTV. Stephen Mansfield was a guest on the television show to discuss The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, the new book he and David A. Holland co-authored.
The interview was of special interest to me because I'm currently reading the book and am fascincated by the things the authors learned through exclusive access to Governor Palin's parents, siblings, friends, and pastors who have all played a role in who she is.
The book breaks down the things that have most influenced Governor Palin's worldview, thus shaping the person we see today. The fact is her perspectives in life cannot be separated from the faith and values she holds most dear and, Mansfield and Holland conclude, these originated mostly from four truths:
1. Family has fashioned her soul.
2. Alaska and the idea of the state are primary for Palin.
3. Palin has been influenced by the Eskimo view of women.
4. Palin lives and leads from a sense of divine destiny.
Mansfield discussed with Hannity the moment as a child when Governor Palin sensed a call to politics. He shared the difference between President Obama's extremely liberal theological perspective and Governor Palin's Pentecostal-rooted faith. And he commented on the video that surfaced during the 2008 campaign where she was being prayed over, which led to the lamestream media's completely unfair and severely uneducated characterization of the Governor's faith.
The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin has been an interesting read so far for me, as it points out the fact that when a person's faith truly matters to her--is truly a reality in her life--it cannot help but fashion how she views the world, how she operates within the world, and the impact she'll leave upon it.
You can order the book here.
Here's the video: