Sarah Palin Goes 'Rogue' with CBN News

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Sarah Palin's new book, Going Rogue, is officially in stores and people are lining up to get it.

The book tour began in Grand Rapids, Mich., where CBN News sat down with the former vice presidential candidate for a conversation on one of the book's main topics -- faith.

The chanting started 24 hours before Palin even arrived in Grand Rapids. Within hours, the line ballooned to more than 1,000.

Before the big book signing, Palin spoke with CBN News at Zondervan Publishing, the Christian press company promoting her book.

Click play for an inside look at the excitement amid Palin's book signing in Grand Rapids, Mich., with CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody.  Part 2 of Brody's exclusive interview with Palin will air Friday on The 700 Club.  Check local listings or check back with CBNNews.com Friday morning.

So far, the media has focused on the juicy campaign tidbits contained in Going Rogue, but inside you can't go more than a few pages without reading about God's influence in her life, whether it be Palin's miscarriage, Down syndrome son or praying with her daughter Piper before the vice presidential debate.

"How in the world would I sum up my life except to say 'God, at the end of the day, I have really nothing but my faith, my reliance on you Lord' and I wanted to articulate that," Palin said.

A Call to Readers

She wrote about giving her life to the Lord as a little 6-year-old at Bible camp in Alaska.

"Knowing even back then that it is a step that one can take to show the rest of the world that I'm not shy about this," Palin recalled. "I am going to let the world know that this is my foundation and that this, my reliance is going to be on my faith in God."

That firm proclamation is found throughout Going Rogue, which actually ends with Palin asking readers to invite God into their lives.

"My very last paragraph there sums it up and invites people, encourages people to do what I did and that's put their life in God's hands, our Creator who knows probably better than we know what the perfect path is for a person," she explained.

"I wasn't going to be hesitant at all to let people know what I believe," Palin added.

It's that tell it like it is talk that has her fans going ga-ga.

"Going Rogue with Sarah" is the theme of the bus tour. Palin's tour bus is adorned with the slogan and a moose.

Many Still Not Convinced

While she can do no wrong with her supporters, polls show Palin has work to do if she plans to run for president.

The latest numbers show Palin has a 43 percent favorability rating while 53 percent admit they wouldn't vote for her for president and 60 percent say she's not qualified.

"[When I see these polls] I think 'well if I read and believed everything that's been written about me too I'd say the same thing,'" Palin said. "That's why I want people to read my book so they can read unfiltered what my values are, what my record is, what my accomplishments are."

Unfair Treatment

The Associated Press devoted an 11-member team to fact check Palin's book and claimed it's filled with untruths and embellishments. Still, the book is already a best seller.

For Palin, the tour is a chance to redefine herself in key political venues like Fort Wayne, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio, Roanoke, Va., Fort Bragg, N.C., and the retirement villages near Orlando, Fla.

Palin knows whatever road she takes will present challenges, like being part of a group of politicians held to a double standard.

"I do absolutely notice that some of the conservative Christians are members of Congress or who are serving in state legislatures," Palin said. "Yes, it seems like certainly like the leftist media treats them a little bit different. There are some double standards."

"It gets kind of frustrating, but at the same time I think it makes us work harder," Palin continued. "I think it forces us to be clearer and more articulate in what our positions are."

Praying for Her Enemies

She said it also forces her to pray for her enemies, like those who spread nasty rumors about her family during the campaign.

"These are probably some lonely people, some shallow people who want to take a shot like that and we need to pray for these people for one," Palin said. "And we also need to keep things in perspective."

Palin said she views life not as a bunch of coincidences, but as God ordained.

"Give it a shot, put your life in God's hands and see what He's going to do for you and He will reveal for you too these providential happenings throughout your life that surely can not be coincidences," Palin advised.

"Let's get some truth out there. Let's get some candid talk about a person's faith," she added. "That's part of what I'm all about and I don't hesitate to let people know where I am on it. "

The shackles of 2008 are off. Palin is on tour and unplugged-and it's standing room only.

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