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Title:
God, guns, grits, and gravy
Author:
Huckabee, Mike, 1955-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
x, 258 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"In Mike Huckabee's new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, he asks the question, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" The New York Times bestselling author explores today's American culture, drawing from his travels as a presidential candidate to present average, small-town people and families, and their optimistic resilience in the face of hard times; their stories, says Huckabee, "will inspire readers to think about their own values and rediscover what makes America great." At times lighthearted, at others bracingly realistic, Huckabee's brand of optimistic patriotism lends itself to discussing the reintroduction of fundamental American values, as well as a bright outlook for future generations."--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250060990
Format :
Book

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The "New York Times" Bestseller


In "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," Mike Huckabee asks, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" The "New York Times" bestselling author explores today's fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous. As Huckabee notes, the differences of opinion between the "Bubble-villes" of the big power centers and the "Bubba-villes" where most people live are profound, provocative, and sometimes pretty funny. Where else but in Washington, D.C. could two presidential golf outings cost the American taxpayers $2.9 million in travel expenses?


Government bailouts, politician pig-outs, and popular culture provocations from Jay-Z and Beyonce to Honey Boo-Boo to the Duck Dynasty's Robertson family. Gun rights, gay marriage, the decline of patriotism, and the mainstream media's contempt for those who cherish a faith-based life. The trouble with Democrats, the even bigger trouble with Republicans, our national security complex, and how our Constitution is eroding under our noses. Stories of everyday Americans surviving tough times, reflections on our way of life as it once was, as it is, and as it might become these subjects and many more are covered with Mike Huckabee's signature wit, insight, and honesty.


At times lighthearted, at others bracingly realistic, Huckabee's brand of optimistic patriotism highlights American ideals, offering a bright outlook for future generations.


With a wry eye for the ridiculous and a clear-eyed look at the most controversial issues of our time, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy" is Mike Huckabee at his very best."


Author Notes

Mike Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas on August 24, 1955. He received a bachelor's degree in religion from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary before dropping out to take a job in Christian broadcasting. After a career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He was the lieutenant governor of Arkansas from 1993 to 1996, the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and ran in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries.

He has written several books including Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas, Can't Wait Till Christmas, A Simple Government, and Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most. His book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy became a New York Times bestseller in 2015. He currently hosts the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee and The Mike Huckabee Show for Cumulus Media Networks.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Anyone who has enjoyed any of the previous books by Huckabee-former governor, one-time presidential candidate, and Fox News host-will be more than satisfied with this examination of the differences between "Bubbleville" (New York, L.A., and D.C.) and "Bubbaville" (the rest of America). In clichéd prose, he describes New York as "not completely Sodom and Gomorrah" and himself as "a catfish and corn bread kind of guy, not a caviar and crab salad connoisseur." Huckabee offers a laundry list of grievances and discusses his stances on guns, religion, gay marriage, Obama, and Hollywood: he believes that American Christians are "cultural lepers," marriage "is not merely a secular institution," the IRS "is a criminal enterprise," reality TV's Duck Dynasty and Jim Bob Duggar "reflect all that is good and decent about family," and poverty relief is "about perpetuating government programs." Huckabee's leavens his musings on the state of the union with a sense of humor ("I prefer boots over Birkenstocks. Does that make me weird?") that makes him enjoyable to read. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate, and Fox News talk show host, explains his conservative faith-based values-and those of other good ol' folks who live in "fly-over" country. Taking jabs at liberal elites, he defends hardworking and humble people from America's heartland whom he portrays as sensible, resourceful, compassionate, and self-reliant. With folksy, straightforward, pointed sarcasm, Huckabee objects to bureaucratic overreach, wasteful and irrational regulations, intrusive government, and contradictory politically correct speak. He defends Southern gun culture; supports traditional marriage and family, personal liberty, and the sanctity of life; expresses his dismay over government bailouts and environmentalist hypocrisy; and decries what he sees as the increasing dehumanization, crudeness, and salacity of American culture. Huckabee steadfastly defends the free-speech rights of those on all sides of these and other issues. He includes some criticism of the Republican Party which, he says, has failed "to respect and reach out to" industrious Americans. VERDICT Huckabee might be preparing for a 2016 Republican presidential run. In this precampaign work, he strives to encourage his heartland base and to introduce those folks to those who regard them with disdain. His own derisive style, however, might not win over many Manhattan, L.A., or DC liberals. For general readers. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.]-Margaret Kappanadze, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.