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November 20, 2012

One-time presidential candidate Huckabee makes Valdosta stop this weekend

VALDOSTA — Former Arkansas governor, Fox News personality and one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit Valdosta Saturday to sign his new book.

“Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather’s Thoughts on Faith, Family and the Things That Matter Most” is Huckabee’s latest book, which he will sign and meet fans at Books-a-Million. In this latest book, he writes about parents, education, work, God, loving one’s neighbors, pets, America, love and marriage, the environment, creativity, and pain, all written in that familiar style that mixes his one-time preaching background with a homespun take on life and politics.

A few examples from Huckabee’s book:

On loving thy neighbor: “I’ll admit, I’m not as good as my mother was at following the Golden Rule. I lack patience and get irritated easily. This usually happens while I’m standing in the security line at the airport and the person in front of me doesn’t seem to realize that water is a liquid.”

On knowing God: “I knew the stories of the Bible, but it wasn’t until my 10th birthday that the stories became real and personal, and I felt that I actually knew Jesus. But I confess I didn’t go to Bible school that day for spiritual reasons. I went because my sister told me that at Vacation Bible School the kids got to eat all the cookies and drink all the Kool-Aid they wanted.”

On marriage: “Ever since Adam and Eve, men and women have been trying to figure each other out. Save yourself some energy: Don’t try to figure out the opposite gender. Just assume that God designed us so very differently from one another and yet made us wildly attracted to each other because He has a sense of humor.”

On coping with tragedy: “We need to avoid focusing on what we have lost and focus instead on what we haven’t lost. Understanding that God must still have a purpose for us if

He spared our lives is the difference between coping with our pain and being debilitated by it.”

Huckabee’s book signing comes a little more than a year after he visited Valdosta as the keynote speaker for Georgia Christian School 2011 Benefit Dinner.

In some ways, the book covers many of the topics broached in his speech. During the November 2011 speech, Huckabee warned that Americans have forgotten how to live by one simple law: the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

“If everybody lived by that one law, we would have no murders, no robberies, no domestic violence,” the former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate said of the Golden Rule. “... But you can’t teach that in government schools but you can still teach that in Christian schools.”

Mike Huckabee will sign his book, “Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett,” starting 11 a.m. Saturday, Books-A-Million, Promenade Plaza, 1705-C Norman Drive. The event is open to the public.

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