Panama City Beach – Mike Huckabee brings book tour to Pier Park December 9, 2010

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming to Borders in Pier Park between 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 to do a book signing for his books, “A Simple Christmas” and “Can’t Wait Till Christmas.”

“A Simple Christmas” is being re-released because of its success. It is book for adults that is filled with narratives from Huckabee’s life.  “It reflects on what Christmas really means, especially in this downturned economy,” Huckabee said.  “Can’t Wait Till Christmas” is a story from “A Simple Christmas” that Huckabee and his publishers decided to make into a children’s story.

“It’s just a fun book to read to kids,” Huckabee said. “It’s a funny story that is true of me and my sister.”  The story is about Huckabee and his sister when they were kids during Christmas. When their parents were at work, they would unwrap the presents under the Christmas tree and play with them. One particular Christmas, Mike Huckabee’s parents got him a J.C. Higgins football from Sears. He unwrapped the present and played with it, then re-wrapped it. When Christmas came around he unwrapped the football and there was mud on it. His parents saw the mud and figured out what Mike and his sister were up to.  “They were upset,” Huckabee said. “We broke their trust. Christmas is not a time to get your stuff, it’s about your family, it’s about trust, and we violated that.”

Huckabee designed the book to make it relatable to kids. It also creates an opportunity for parents and their children to talk about the real meaning of Christmas.  “It’s about the relationships we have with God and each other,” Huckabee said, “not the extravagance that it has become.”  Huckabee explained that in the first chapter of “A Simple Life,” he tells the story of the birth of Christ. He did that to show his audience that even in the worst situations, in your lowest moment is when God shows up.

“Especially during this economy people might think this will be their worst Christmas,” Huckabee said, “but I want to show them that it can be their best.”  “Can’t Wait Till Christmas” was designed so it was easily understandable for children. “I wanted to make sure that 4-year-olds and a Congressman could understand what I was saying,” Huckabee said.

Boarders in Pier Park is a little over 2 miles from the Best Panama City Beach Condo at Celadon Beach Resort.


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